Good ol' cars and trucks - Dodge
As we drive around the state, we spot some great reminders of the past, classic cars and trucks made out of "Detroit iron." We skid to a stop, and click ‘em. We’ll set this up by make, and each section will be chronological, oldest to newest, but always classics only.
Dodge Wayfarer 1950. This too is a sweet looking machine. Love the color. Dodge marketed this as the "favorite of all youthful America," and I must confess at age 65 I would love to have this beauty. Dodged urged buyers to "Heed the call of the open road in the sportiest car on the highway."
Dodge produced 75,000 of these, well up from 1949. However, there were only 3,000 convertibles, making this one valuable
Dodge bragged about the fender mounted tail lights and the extra chrome strip on the rear fenders.
Dodge C-series pickup, 1954: This was a very popular pickup truck. The 1954 version is noticeable because of its single piece curved windshield. She also carried a powerful V-8, though you could still get one with a V-6.
Inside, the pedals were mounted to the frame to reduce vibration, new gauges were placed in front of the driver, the glove compartment was moved to the center of the dash, and control buttons were located to the right of the driver.
Dodge Phoenix Dart, 1961: Frankly, this baby is one each weird lookin' car. The Dart was introduced in 1960 and 1961 and was meant to be a lower priced car to replace the low priced Plymouth for the Dodge dealer network. Virgil Exner designed this with a "forward look" in mind, but the odd styling of reverse fins, rear fender scalloping and odd-looking concave grille was not popular with customers.
Dodge 440 Coronet, 1969. Here was a way to get into the muscle car market. She had a 440 cu. in. engine wanting to compete with the Pontiac GTO, along with a three-speed TorqueFlite. She had a very attractive silhouette, long and low. Back in the day, you could get "Bumble Bee" stripes to wrap around her rounded tail. All together, she accelerated quickly, 60 mph in 6.6 secs., yet she was affordable. This was located on Hwy 73 just to the north of Deerfield, Dodge County.
Dodge Dart GTS 1969. The Dart GTS was designed to be a premier muscle car, and she delivered. The '69 edition carried a 383 four-barrel with 330 horses. You could have a four speed manual or a high-upshift TorqueFlite automatic. Experts say you had tough lightly on the accelerator when shooting off the line or all you would do is burn rubber. Once she got her traction, she was tough to beat.
The owners hangin' out in style - C 'mon mom, look at the lens
Dodge Charger, 1972: The Dodge Charger was a response to the fastback fad started by the Mustang and the Barracuda, but on a much larger scale. Chrysler had to scale back the power because of emissions standards. The 440 Six Pack was gone and the 1972 had only 330 horses at the top. That said, this babe, which I found in a shopping center parking lot in Wausau, Marathon County, had a 5.7 liter Hemi in her. I'm no authority, but that means the owner installed a Mopar Hemi Magnum V8.