1966 Dodge Charger Interior

Highlights of the 1966 Dodge Charger interior included front bucket seats that were Chrysler's new clamshell type, with the seating surfaces set into gracefully curved molded shells delineated by bright finish moldings.

The twin rear buckets featured 11/4-inch urethane foam pads. Even the backs of the rear seats were expensively trimmed, boasting both upper bolsters and bright-edged lower carpeted areas, separated by a bright-metal luggage stop. Front and rear seating areas were covered in Cologne-grain padded vinyl in a style that featured slender horizontal pleats divided into three sections by crossrib stitching.

Separating the bucket seats was an elaborate, full-length console handsomely dressed with a costly chrome die-cast trim plate overlaid with a brushed-aluminum appliqué. Up front, part of the console sidewalls were carpeted. Each side featured a courtesy lamp set in a bright circular frame.

1966 Dodge Charger's interior console unit
A swanky console unit and bucket seats
highlighted the 1966 Dodge Charger's interior.

Behind the chrome shift lever and nicely detailed knob was a padded floating center armrest that opened to reveal a handy lighted storage bin. A console-mounted clock, angled toward the driver, was optional.

Rear seats were divided by yet another padded armrest, which could be flipped forward 180 degrees (via an expensive die-cast chrome handle) to expose a bright-edged, carpeted underside that became level with the height of the trunk floor.

Cargo capacity and cargo/seating versatility were key features of the 1966 Dodge Charger interior. To begin with, there was nearly two feet of utility cargo room behind the rear seats and the angled, hinged security panel that separated the rear compartment from the trunk. With this carpeted panel folded flat, however, more than five feet of space was created from the rear seatbacks to the end of luggage compartment.

Unlike the less-expensive Barracuda (with its one-piece rear seatback that folded forward), each one of the Charger's two individual rear buckets also folded flat. When in their stored positions, the area from the back of the front seats to the security panel measured nearly 41/2 feet. With the security panel folded flat as well, the result was nearly eight feet of carpeted cargo area that stretched all the way from the backs of the front seats clear to the taillights.

Usable width at the floor between the rear wheel wells was 46.5 inches; the width of the deck opening measured 44 inches. Although the height of the opening between the trunk and the passenger compartment was a limiting factor, still a 4 X 8-foot sheet of plywood could be stuffed inside. It's no wonder some of the literature referred to the Charger as a "sports wagon."

To balance its utility, the 1966 Dodge Charger was also finely styled. Learn more about its details on the next page.

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