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1966-1967 Dodge Charger

1967 Dodge Charger

Despite its half-year production run, an encouraging 37,344 1966 Dodge Chargers were produced, all at the Hamtramck Assembly Plant, the old "Dodge Main." This was all the more exceptional considering this was close on the heels of the cheaper Barracuda (also assembled at Hamtramck), which accounted for 38,029 units with the advantage of a full model run. So what lay in store for the 1967 Dodge Charger?

1966 Dodge Charger, which would remain virtually identical from the exterior for 1967
Other distinctions between the Dodge Charger and
Coronet included the former's use of a unique
fine-tooth grille and hidden lighting. For 1967, only
a turn signal changed the exterior look.

In light of its midyear introduction and abbreviated model run, the 1967 Dodge Charger was the least changed of the corporation's cars for the next model year. About the only exterior modification was the addition of turn signal indicators mounted at the forward end of the fender-top molding.

Later in the model year, on the Charger's first anniversary, a vinyl roof became available, an elective that did nothing to enhance the appearance. Offered in black or white Levant grain, the vinyl top became the key element in the mid-year Charger "White Hat Special," which included other options like white-sidewall tires and power steering, all at a special package price. The name came from the then-current "Dodge Boys" logo and the tag line: "You can tell they're good guys -- they all wear white hats."

Inside, as so often happens after initial launch, the cost cutters whittled away some of the 1967 Dodge Charger's uniqueness. The idea of a singular four-place interior was compromised. Dodge Charger buyers could still choose front and rear buckets divided by a center console, but the new, truncated and now-optional console no longer ran the full length of the interior. (Dodge publicity flacks said this made rear seat ingress/egress easier.)

However, you could also opt for a center cushion with pull-down center armrest, which permitted the choice of two- or three-abreast seating in front. In the rear, the flip armrest between the fold-down seats, no longer with console, was shortened. The slightly altered wood-rim steering wheel became optional, with a Coronet-style three-spoke wheel with horn ring taking over as standard.

Vinyl seat trims were reconfigured into narrow vertical pleats, with a bright rectangular emblem high up and sunk into the seatbacks. New color selections included blue, red, copper, and black, plus a pair of two-tones: white/black and gold/black. Exterior color options were increased to 18, with the roof accent stripe available in blue, white, black, or red.

Continue to the next page for details on the 1967 Dodge Charger's engine options.

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