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The 1972 Dodge Charger: Muscle Car or Family Car?

Posted March 04, 2015 8:30 AM by dstrohl
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In 1972, Dodge cut the number of Charger models in its product line from the six offered in 1971 to three. While Rallye-trim Chargers could still be ordered with the 330-horsepower, 440-cu.in. "Six-Pack" V-8 (at least theoretically), Dodge knew the days of the muscle car were limited, and it began to seek new a new type of customer. As this ad shows, one marketing direction was to pitch the 1972 Charger as a sensible and economical family car, but one with a sense of style.

Equipped with the "proven economy run winner" 318-cu.in V-8, the 1972 Charger would have produced 150 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and carried a base sticker price of $2,759, including such amenities as dual-speed wipers, a cigarette lighter, roof drip rails, wheel well moldings, and dual range horns. Those seeking even more frugality could opt for the 225-cu.in. slant-six engine, which produced less horsepower but lowered the base price by just over $100.

The debate lives on about a classic muscle icon.

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03/04/2015 9:24 AM

"...1972 Charger as a sensible and economical family car..."

Considering the cost of owning and operating a private aircraft an economy car might be all that you could afford. ;-)

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03/04/2015 9:57 AM

Our 1971 Dodge Charger with 318-2V, automatic transmission and 2.73:1 axle routinely got 20-22 mpg on the highway, which was about DOUBLE the milage of our earlier AAR' Cuda with 340-6V, manual transmission and 3.55:1 axle.

The wife loved that car, even though it was a "land barge" to park.

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03/05/2015 12:40 AM

I tried to take a Dodge Charger off a friend s hands on hard times, 440 dual IG, 4 speed, it would light up the tires in 4th at 55 just pressing the peddle down. The bank repoed it in the end. It was fast, not quite as fast as my 1969 Mach 1, I paid 3402.00 for in 1969.

That car was FAST! And it handled corners, outran several troopers over the years..

If I would have known it would have been worth today, I would have not driven it. Definately not raced it.

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