Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #44

Keeping with a numerical theme, let's see if you can follow this one...


This is #44. What goes with 44? Magnum, of course! Dodge Magnum, that is - the first iteration. Only made for two years ('78 and '79), it was sibling to the Chrysler Cordoba and Plymouth Fury. Three 8 cylinder motors were available, the 318, 360, and a 400; all of which were mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.

I'd argue that more people are familiar with this Dodge Magnum:


That's the station wagon that first hit American streets a decade ago, which was noteworthy for two reasons. First, the American station wagon had pretty much disappeared; by the turn of the millennium, no wagon was offered by the Big Three (and no, the re-badged Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe doesn't count). Secondly, the crazy, wonderful bastards at Mopar stuffed the Ram's 5.7L Hemi V8 under the hood - and later, the 6.1L Hemi. A station wagon that could go 0-60 in 5.1 seconds? 'MURICA!

Leave it to Dodge to produce the coolest wagon since the Nomad...

That is all.

8 comments:

libertyman said...

I think you could get the wagon in AWD as well.

I liked the looks of that beast.

Dave H said...

Current Magnums may have stones, but I'm not a fan of the high sided narrow window look. I makes the car look like a casket with windows.

Old NFO said...

Yeah, but... As always good motor s**ty interior and body that will rust in a year...

Anonymous said...

One of the structures guys at work has a Magnum wagon in metallic black and anthracite grey. Looks seriously cool and menacing.

Mopar still builds great engines, but the rest of the car is often iffy.

Al_in_Ottawa

MrGarabaldi said...

I liked the "old" magnum better, although the electricals were crap and the car would break down all the time. it did look good, especially with the bland offerings from the big three back then.

Jim said...

There is a Magnum wagon in the Houston area, with a Charger front end clip on it. Much, much better looking car.

The install is wrench-easy. Fenders, hood and front grill-lights assembly, bolt right on.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Phssthpok said...

I maintain, to this day, that the re-intoduced 'charger (*spit!*) is *not* a 'Charger...it is a 'Magnum Sedan'.

Seriously.. compare the first iteration of the 'new' charger with a vintage Charger and a vintage Magnum. (though I'll allow that they are getting closer with the notched doors and 'proper' taillights now)

If you want to know what a 'proper' re-introduced Charger would have looked like, it would have been the 1999 'concept' version: http://tinyurl.com/lrr8l6s

Jay G said...

Phssthpok,

At least they didn't pull a "Charger" based on the Omni like in the 1980s...