Dodge Challenger

Once again, Dodge has used a name to classify a host of vehicles. The Dodge Challenger is the name of three different automobile models marketed by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation since the 1970s. The very first Challenger was the division's late candidate for the pony car market segment in the United States. It was launched for the 1970 model year and was based on the similar Plymouth Barracuda's new E-body. It was not exactly the same though, as it had a wheelbase of 110", which was two inches longer and had considerably dissimilar outer sheet metal than its Plymouth cousin. The design of the first Challenger is credited to Carl "CAM'" Cameron, whom also did the exterior for the 1966 Dodge Charger. The 1970 Challenger grille was based off of CAM' old sketch of his 1966 Charger prototype that was calculated to have a turbine engine. To be expected, the Charger never got the turbine, but the Challenger got that car's grille. Overall the Challenger was well received by the public with an impressive 80,000 sales in just 1970, yet it was heavily criticized by the press. To make matters worse for Dodge, the pony car segment was already declining by the time the Challenger arrived. In 1994 production was stopped. About 165,500 Challengers were sold over this model's lifespan. Part of the problem for the Challenger might have been the price tag. The 1970 and 1971 models tend to generate more attention from potential buyers given that the performance and style options had not yet been toned down. This added demand for the model has unrealistically inflated the price. Furthermore, the popularity of these vehicles is increasing, yet the number of usable and restorable Challengers is falling. So, if you are looking for such a model, a better idea might be to build one from scratch.