Like many historic vehicles, the Dodge Challenger has an unusual background in that it began as a sub-model of a different car model before becoming its own nameplate. In 1958 and 1959, the Dodge Silver Challenger was a low-selling sedan which was quickly dropped. The Challenger as we know it was introduced in 1969 and that first-generation Dodge Challenger is often considered the first car to blur the line between a "pony car" and a "muscle car." Production of that first-gen ran until 1974 when newly-minted emissions requirements caused Chrysler to rethink the vehicle.
In 1978, the Challenger was re-introduced, this time as a rebadged Mitsubishi Galant Lambda, which was produced until 1983. The car proved polarizing, however, and when interest in small, powerful foreign-made vehicles waned, that second-generation Challenger ceased production. Over time, however, the American obsession with muscular sports cars with throaty engines and nostalgic looks continued and resurged when the 2008 Dodge Challenger was re-introduced as a third-generation design that heavily drew from the 1970s Challenger of the first-generation. It's proven to be a very well-received mix.
The current-generation Challenger has been sold in various trim levels and under the SRT brand to rival the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. Various engine options, ranging from six-cylinder to eight-cylinder Pentastar and HEMI models, are offered along with Road and Track (R/T) and other model variants. For 2015, the Challenger Hellcat will be introduced in limited numbers, producing 707 horsepower to make it the most powerful production car Chrysler has ever built.
Over time, the Dodge Challenger in all its forms has become legendary and thus very collectible and desirable. From prized 1969 and 1970 models at the car show to "hot rodded" 1974 models on the drag strip through to the re-legitimized Galant version of the 1980s and into today, the Dodge Challenger is a car that is universally owned by people who love it unquestionably.
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