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The Dodge Charger is one of the most beloved V8 muscle cars in the world. Moreover, it is one of the few sacred cars to stick to its promise, namely to be a silly, tire-shredding time capsule. After over fifty years of Dodge Charger, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to the history of this larger-than-life American icon.

The first-generation Dodge Charger was a big, bad car with bigger, badder attitude

A 1966 Dodge Charger leans at a corner | Getty Images

In the mid-sixties, great American manufacturers were already producing V8 muscle cars in a coupe and convertible platforms. Ford shocked the planet with its pony car, the Mustang, which the company released as a 1964 ½ model. Furthermore, Pontiac had marked success with its GTO, and Chevrolet had a dominator in the Chevelle. So what did everybody’s favorite Mopar muscle car maker do? Dodge created the 1966 Charger on a Coronet chassis.

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