Our Favorite Dodges throughout the 1960’s
The 1960s was a great decade for muscle cars, and Dodge was well-known for putting out some good ones. Dodge cars in this era were large with sharp angles and narrow grilles. They were also fast. Dodge came out of the 1950s with vehicles making over 350 horsepower, and they continued this in the 1960s.
Let’s take a look at some classic Dodge cars you probably won’t find at your local Dodge dealership.
1962-1964 Dodge Standard
In the early 1960s, compact Dodge cars were all the rage. However, the general public still wanted full-size cars like the Dodge Standard. The 1962 through 1964 models of the Dodge Standard helped Dodge significantly boost its sales numbers to rank sixth in production. The full-size Standard came with a range of engines during its run and three different transmissions. It also spawned several sub-models like the Dodge Dart.
1963-1966 Dodge Dart GT
The Dodge Dart evolved out of the Standard as a sporty compact to rival cars like the Pontiac Tempest and Buick Special. It quickly became dominant on the drag strip as well, often beating larger, heavier rivals. The Dart offered several different engine choices, but only two transmission choices in a 3/4 speed manual and three-speed automatic. Part of the Dart’s sales success was due to the fact that it undercut GM rivals in price by $400-$600.
1968-1969 Dodge Coronet R/T and Super Bee
In 1967, the Dodge lineup was affected by midsize madness. The public’s interest had shifted away from full-size cars and compacts and more towards midsize vehicles. This is where the Coronet and Super Bee models came in. Despite a reputation as around-town errand cars, the Coronet and Super Bee packed a lot of power with big engines, including a 440 V8. These cars featured the traditional coke-bottle shape that was popular in the latter part of the 1960s.
1968-1969 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger is arguably one of the most famous Dodge cars to come out of this era. Sales of the Charger went down after its debut in 1966, so Dodge restyled the Charger for 1968, giving it a more aggressive stance and even more muscle. The revised Charger for the 1968 and 1969 model years was considered to be one of the most attractive midsize cars around. The Charger of this time period was marketed as a dual personality car with an aggressive and mean exterior combined with a posh interior.
1962-1964 Dodge Polara 500
The Dodge Polara 500 was Dodge’s entry into a brand new personal luxury class of cars. One of the most vital aspects of the personal luxury category was a fancy interior. The Polara featured saddle-grain vinyl trim, chrome trim on the center console, and a rear bench seat that was designed to look like bucket seats. Dodge initially meant the Polara to only have two models, but customer interest and sales increased so fast that they had to add an additional model in the four-door hardtop.
These Dodge cars are considered classics today, with certain ones highly sought by collectors. You won’t find them at your local Dodge dealership, but they’re still out there.