• Dodge Challenger Timeline

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    <td><div>1965 - Work begins on the first Dodge badged pony car.</div></td>
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    <td><div>1968 - The first of the Dodge Challenger prototypes is produced.</div></td>

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    <td><div>1969 - Friday, August 1, 1969, the Dodge Challenger is officially released to the public, as a 1970 model.</div></td>
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    <td><div>1970 - The first full year of the Dodge Challenger. Offered in five different trim lines, including the T/A model, which was only offered in 1970. Engine options started with the economical 225 cubic inch "Slant Six", to the mighty 426 cubic inch Hemi, with several variations of the 340, 383, and 440 cubic inch motors offered as well. Almost 73,000 units were sold.</div></td>

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    <td><div>1971 - The T/A option is dropped, but a base model convertible is offered, as well as 50 "Indianapolis 500 Pace Car" models. Sales slumped from 1970, even with the additions of new mid-range engines. Roughly 30,000 units were sold.</div></td>
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    <td><div>1972 - Only two engine options are offered, and sales slumped much more. All of the "big block" engines were dropped, which included the 426 Hemi. The R/T and R/T S/E models were gone, and the most powerful model was the Rallye, which only boasted 240 hp, only ten more than the base V8 model one year earlier. Around 26,600 units were sold.</div></td>

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    <td><div>1973 - Only the base model was offered, but with the same two engine options as in 1972, and roughly midway through 1973, a 360 cubic inch V8 with 245 hp was offered in place of the 340 cubic inch engine. 32,596 units were sold.</div></td>
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    <td><div>1974 - This would mark the end of the Challenger model run, and the introduction to the economy car era. The 318 and 360 cubic inch engines were still offered, with the same 150 and 245 respective horsepower. Sales declined from 1973 by about 50%, to a mere 16,437.</div></td>

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    <td><div>1978 - This year saw the rebirth of the Dodge Challenger nameplate, but not exactly on a Dodge product. The <a href="http://www.mitsubishiforum.com/models/galant/" target="_Blank" class="links">Mitsubishi Galant Lambda was rebadged as the Dodge Challenger, and sold in the United States. Offered with a 1.6L and 2.6L inline four cylinder, this car was offered as a 2 door hardtop, and came priced right around 8 thousand dollars. Even though it was a rear wheel drive, and carried the Challenger name, it was a far cry from the original with its tiny engines and distinctly "import" styling. </a>
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    <td><div>1983 - Production of the <a href="http://www.mitsubishiforum.com" target="_Blank" class="links">Mitsubishi</a> built Dodge Challenger ceased, but it was likely that very few people noticed.</div></td>

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    <td><div>2005 - After some 22 years without the Challenger name plate, and 31 years without a high-performance Dodge Challenger, rumors begin to travel about the possible reincarnation of a Hemi-powered rear wheel drive Pony car from <a href="http://www.dodge.com" target="_Blank" class="links">Dodge</a>, which would carry the Challenger name. Late in 2005 photos surface of what is believed to be the "next Challenger".</div></td>
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    <td><div>2006 - In early January of 2006, several car magazines release articles showing pictures confirming that the 2005 photos which were suspected to be the next Dodge Challenger were correct, and the magazines confirm that this new Challenger will come equipped with a 6.1L, 425 hp Hemi. On Jaunary 8, 2006, the North American International Auto Show opens, and pictures from every possible news source debut the first moving <a href="http://www.dodgechallenger.com/forums/gallery.asp" class="links">pictures of the Challenger</a>, and on January 14, 2006, the general public is introduced to the 'Dodge Challenger Concept', as the public viewing days begin at the North American International Auto Show.</div></td>
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