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Introduction to the 1970 Dodge Challenger

1970 Dodge ChallengerIn a book about 1960s American cars, the 1970 Dodge Challenger was said to be the answer to the Camaro and the Mustang by the American car manufacturer Dodge. The Challenger was one of the two Chrysler E-body cars, with the other being the Plymouth Barracuda. These two cars were manufactured with a great number of options and trim levels, and were both designed to compete against other cars of their era, like the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The problem was that it was regarded as a late reply to the ponycar wave that the Ford Mustang had initialized. Chrysler thought that the new Dodge Challenger would be the most potent ponycar ever designed and made it to compete as with higher end cars such as the Pontiac Firebird and the Mercury Cougar.

The 1970 Dodge Challenger had larger dimensions, a much better and more extravagant interior design, as well as having a longer base for wheels. The idea was to make the car more appealing to wealthier car buyers. Its wheelbase was measured at around one hundred and ten inches, and was two inches more than the Plymouth Barracuda. Its main difference can be found its exterior sheet metal.

The exterior frame of the Challenger was created and conceptualized by Carl Cameron, who also was the brains behind the 1966 Dodge Charger. Mr. Cameron based the grille of the 1970 version with that of the 1966 Charger first design. The Challenger’s final design did end up containing the car grille intended for the 1966 Charger. The Challenger was bought in multitudes during the year of its car release, with the production of 76,935 cars during that model year. However, the pony car segment was having low sales during its inception and the press criticized the 1970 release. The sales of the 1970 car then took a sharp dip after the year of its release and the production of the Challenger was stopped during the middle of the 1974 year. In the model’s span of life, more than 165,500 Challengers were produced and sold to the general public.

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