Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #66

I was going to go in a different direction for today's car pic. Rather than post something from 1966, I had planned on posting something suitable for driving on Route 66, like a limo, tank, or armored car. Then I remembered, 1966 was the first year for this:


1966 Dodge Charger.

Ah, the Dodge Charger. Immortalized in "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "The Fast and the Furious". The test bed for both the 426 Hemi and the 440 cubic inch plant. In a triumph of engineering, the 426 ci Hemi produced 425 horsepower, which (at the time) was the holy grail of engine displacement: one horsepower per cubic inch.

The 440, by contrast, only produced 375 HP. Interestingly enough, the Hemi in my 2007 Ram produces 345 horsepower out of a 345 cubic inch motor. Also, interesting trivia note: the 1966 Dodge Charger was the first American car to be offered from the factory with a spoiler.

I wouldn't mind a '66 Charger. But then again, I wouldn't mind a '67 through 1978 Charger, either...

That is all.

6 comments:

Old 1811 said...

"Dukes of Hazzard"? "Fast and Furious"?
The quintessential Dodge Charger movie was "Bullitt." (Even if it was the bad guys' ride.) The best (real, non-CGI) car chase ever put on celluloid. (And, to put icing on the cake, Steve McQueen did his own driving.) I'm ashamed to be seen reading the blog of someone who doesn't appreciate real moviemaking.

Mopar said...

I miss my 67 Charger. And my 68.

Ponklemoose said...

FYI: your Ram’s Hemi’s HP are measured with a significantly different ruler than the 60’s Hemi’s HP were measured with.

http://ateupwithmotor.com/terms-technology-definitions/gross-versus-net-horsepower/

Old NFO said...

425 my ass... Try WELL over 500HP... Just like the Chevy 427, they were seriously under-reported.

Will said...

What Old NFO said. My '71 Mustang 429 Super Cobra Jet was factory rated at 370hp. NHRA rated them at 475hp, and dyno runs on youtube, of stock engines, show over 500hp. That was with a less than optimum carb size (720cfm?, vacuum secondaries. Good throttle response for the street, though.)

HTRN said...

Somebody in Carcraft decided to find out exactly how much horsepower the L-88 427 actually had years ago, by building one out of various parts catalogs, as reproduction camshafts and heads were then becoming available. The only real change was lower compression as they wanted to run it on pump gas. After getting 540 NET hp on the dyno, they estimated that the originals got around 560-570hp due to higher compression. Cheverolet Engineers deliberately underrated them, due to upper management trying to avoid any connection with "Hot Rod hooligans", and associate the brand with good middleclass family men. They almost killed the Corvette.