As much as I always loved the USA show Burn Notice, I could never come to terms with Michael Westen’s daily driver being a shiny black 74 Dodge Charger with a white interior. Here is an ex-spy who spent his days trying to be inconspicuous and nights crawling around in dumpsters and attaching trackers under cars. The last thing in the world he needed was a flashy ride with a pure white interior. Instead, this next feature has the right combination of dark interior, stealthy paint, MOPAR 440 V8, and “I ♥ SMOG” license plate that would be perfect for an ex-spy leading his own A-Team. Find this 1973 Dodge Charger SE offered for $10,000 in Mill Valley, CA via craigslist.
After a 20 year hiatus from the Chrysler lineup, the Charger name was brought back to Dodge on a vehicle that had more in common with the previous generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class than it did with anything from the Dodge stable — 2006 was, after all, at the height of the unholy Daimler Chrysler alliance. Power might have come from an American HEMI V8, but the transmission options were limited to various slushbox autos from the Mercedes-Benz supply chain and if you wanted to row your own with a HEMI, you needed to downsize to a Challenger. However, todays next car has a 6-speed Tremec and 6.1 liter HEMI V8 from an 09 Challenger shoved into the 4-door Charger body, so you’ll have the only manual transmission Charger on your block. Find this 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 offered for $13,000 in Queens, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Time to highlight a limited production turbocharged hatchback ’80s machine because they are cheap and fun! The ’80s Dodge Charger was a Dodge Omni masquerading as a Charger – an emasculated version of a once brutal tire burning muscle machine…until Carroll Shelby got his 10-gallon hat involved and made a hot version. Anything with the legendary […]
I was, of course, bummed when I heard that the Crown Vic Police Interceptor was going to be retired from fleet use (this was a few years ago). First is that it’s iconic silhouette was easy to spot compared to the various sedans and SUVs (that are used to issue fines to the unaware for […]
Mustang lovers around the globe bemoan the launch of the 1974 Mustang II, but those pony car lovers did not have it nearly as bad as the Dodge Charger enthusiasts who’ve had to wait DECADES for the Charger to return to its old glory of rear-wheel-drive-ed-ness…because there was an era of darkness when the Charger […]
The Dodge Charger was a little hatchback with a grand name – but it wasn’t until Carroll Shelby got his 10-gallon hat involved that things got fun. The base Shelby Charger was a hot-hatch Charger -but the real tire burner was the Shelby Charger GLH – which stands for Goes Like Hell. Today we’ve got […]
The Dodge Charger comes in a few versions — first there is the original fastback styled Chargers, then the General Lee Chargers, next the Burn Notice Charger, then the Charger that looks like Chrysler Cordoba, and finally the new Charger that uses a bunch of Mercedes parts and has terrible visibility. That’s it? Yup. What […]
While American muscle cars might’ve been maimed by the 1973 Oil Crisis, and left to degrade into flabby coupes (the Mustang II comes to mind) Australian muscle cars had a much more natural death, slowly ceding to Japanese coupes by the early 80s. The Valiant Charger was a police favourite, often used as highway patrol […]
The line between concerned citizen and full on vigilante would be a tough tightrope walk driving an ex-police car. As hard as that may be with a clapped out P71 ‘Vic, imagine how many times you’d be tempted to flash your brights in a rhythmic sequence at the car in the left lane while at […]
The term pilot in the manufacturing sense means a first build, an alpha or beta so to speak. The reason you build a pilot is to understand your build process, tune its finer points, but also to decide if you ever want to do it again. This next car appears to have been a pilot […]