Originally introduced to the world in 1965, the first Chargers were boring and bland cars with little to recommend. This all changed in 1968, with the introduction of the Dodge Charger R/T, a real racer that despite appearances, could handle almost as well as it was fast. And fast it was.
Some owners opted for the relatively under-powered 5.2-liter V8, but true connoisseurs would always opt for the massively powerful 7.2-liter engine that pumped out 375 horsepower and more torque than you would know what to do with. It reached 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, and had a top speed of 150 mph, truly impressive numbers that could give any Italian exotic of the time a run for its money.
The 1968 Dodge Charger R/T featured an independent front suspension and live rear axle, and the disc/drum brakes needed to keep this fast, massive beast under control. The direction was sharp, and thanks to massive anti-roll bars, could actually more than hold its own on the track.
Unfortunately, the introduction of mandatory catalytic converters in 1970, and the oil crisis of 1973 sounded the death-knell of this wonderful sports car. It remained in production until 1978, but past 1970, the magic was gone.