1967 DODGE CHARGER FASTBACK – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 640 – Malibu Vlogger Fireball and Kathie head to the Murphy Auto Museum to pick up a 1967 Dodge Charger Fastback, but hit a secret beach first! Flashback Vlog!

About the DODGE CHARGER from WIKI… The #DodgeCharger (B-body) is a mid-size automobile that was produced by #Dodge from 1966 to 1978, and was based on the #Chrysler B platform.

The fastback Dodge Charger was introduced in mid-season of the 1966 model year “in retaliation to the AMC Marlin, Ford Mustang, and Plymouth Barracuda”, but even though based on the existing Coronet, “it was style-wise a complete departure from the Dodge’s mainstream cars.”

The 1965 Rambler Marlin, along with the Dodge Charger that arrived during the 1966 model year, were “the two cars set the standard for radical #fastback design in American mid-size automobiles.”

According to Richard M. Langworth, “because it was an intermediate like the Rambler Marlin, the Charger could have been an aesthetic disaster, but long side windows prevented its sweeping roof from looking too heavy.”

Lynn Townsend was at odds with the Dodge Dealers and wanted to do something to please them. So in 1965 he asked me to come to his office – for the second time. He noted that one of the Dodge Dealer Council requests was for a #Barracuda type vehicle.

The overall dealer product recommendation theme was the same – we want what Plymouth has. The specific request for a Mustang type vehicle was not as controversial to Lynn.

His direction to me was to give them a specialty car but he said ‘for God’s sake don’t make it a derivative of the Barracuda’: i.e. don’t make it a Barracuda competitor. So the 1966 Charger was born.

The 1967 Dodge Charger received minor changes. Outside, new fender-mounted turn signals were introduced and this would serve as the main external identifier between a 1966 and 1967 Dodge Charger. A vinyl roof became available.

Sales of the 1967 Dodge Charger dropped to half of the previous introductory half-year with a total of 15,788 units.

According to automotive historian Patrick Foster, both the AMC Marlin and the very similar looking first generation Dodge Charger “flopped on the market as sporty car buyers were showing their preference for compact pony cars.”