The standard engine for the 1967 Dodge Charger remained the 318 V-8, although this workhorse was completely reconfigured for 1967. Bore and stroke, horsepower, and torque ratings remained unchanged, but the 318 was made over into a small-block V-8, becoming the second engine in Chrysler's LA series, after the 273-cid V-8.
A change to thin-wall, high-precision casting techniques helped trim 60 pounds. Available upgrades included two 383-cid engines -- with 270 and 325 horsepower, respectively -- plus the Hemi, and the 375-horsepower, 440-cube Magnum V-8.
New to the corporation's large-body luxury cars in 1966, the 440 was the biggest of the raised-block engines. Offered for the first time in the lighter B-body shells, this performance variant of the wedge-chambered 440 boasted a 10.1:1 compression ratio and alterations such as a longer duration camshaft and low-restriction exhaust manifolds that made it an ideal street-racer power plant. (This hotter 440 reached its torque peak 800 rpm sooner than the Hemi.)
A special engine dress-up package included chrome-plating on the valve covers and oil filter cap and a twin-snorkel air cleaner with an aluminum 440 MAGNUM nameplate. Standard on the new Coronet R/T, the Magnum mill was a $314 option on the Charger, while the Hemi cost $878.
With the two monster motors, brake lining area was upped from 195 to 234 square inches, recognizing that no matter how fast you went, or how quickly you got there, you had to stop eventually.
Of course, all these performance goodies were not meant just for the street. During its year-and-a-half on the market, the fastback Dodge Charger went racing, first with problems, then for trophies.
Once out on the NASCAR high-speed ovals, it was soon discovered that the aerodynamics of the sloping roofline caused the rear end to go airborne at high speed. After some work in the wind tunnel, this problem was solved with the addition of a small aluminum spoiler mounted over the wall-to-wall taillights, an idea that became available in production, with matching end pieces on the quarters that completed the design.
When Dodge Chargers first took to the stock-car
tracks, they encountered stability problems. A run
of 85 street-ready NASCAR-replica Chargers was
issued with the small, but important, solution -- a
small rear-deck lip spoiler.
Sam McQuagg picked up a win on the NASCAR circuit while Don White copped a USAC stock-car championship, both driving Dodge Chargers. One of the 15 races David Pearson won en route to the 1966 NASCAR Grand National Championship came in a Dodge Charger.
Cars magazine awarded the fastback its annual Top Performance Car of the Year Award. And Chargers made it into the funny-car exhibition ranks via "Mr. Norm" Kraus and Al Graeber's Tickle Me Pink Charger.
Additional options for street-going 1967 Dodge Chargers included new 11-inch front disc brakes (power required) and a trailering package not available with the Magnum or Hemi engines, or with a manual trans. The optional 7.75 X 14 high-performance Blue Streak tires of 1966 gave way to Pontiac-like Red Streaks in 1967. The latter's low cross-section height nylon-cord construction enhanced directional stability. Sharp, new five-spoke chrome road wheels were offered, too.
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