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Monday, June 29, 2015

The first car that carries the name 'Charger'

Who does not know the American muscle cars that are synonymous with an excellent performance with the bursts of power are quite wild. Well, one of the American muscle cars legend in the 1960s is a 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger. This concept car have the long history in the Dodge family, because it proved to be the first car of Hemi series that fitted the 'Charger' nameplate in Dodge family, therefore also so called Hemi Charger.
1964 Dodge Hemi Charger concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1e7siDM)
Hemi Charger Concept was designed in 1963, the goal is none other than to introduce the latest machines from Chrysler's at that time named 'V8 Hemi' and has a capacity of about 426 cubic inches (7.0 liters). Starting with a bone-stock Dodge Polara, stylists set about creating an awe-inspiring package. Unlike many of the showboats from the 1950s that looked good but often did not even run, there was every intention to make the machine one that would blow the doors off the competition – literally.
Interior view of 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger concept car with separate compartments. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LyQsp0)
Upon arrival in the studio, many of the Polara’s stock components were removed. Up front, the chrome bumper was replaced with a smoothly blended rolled pan, fitted with a quartet of simple, rubber-faced "nerf" bars. The standard grille opening was replaced with a hand-built, blacked-out unit with the inner high-beam headlights deleted. Hand-fabricated surrounds were created for the remaining outer lights, while the front of the hood was rolled slightly and a functional cold-air scoop was added. Several production-based detail items, such as the D-O-D-G-E letters across the hood and the ornamental fender badges, were retained, but body side-trim was modified, leaving only a hint and basic outline of the original brightwork.
Engine view of 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1e7siDM)
Virtually the entire passenger compartment was custom-crafted and transformed into a two-passenger configuration with a panel that extended the rear deck to the back of the front seats. A special low-cut wraparound windscreen was added, and a dramatic integral roll-bar/headrest was equipped with individual pods for the two occupants. A pair of special, dark charcoal, leather-covered bucket seats was produced from Superform padding.
Rear side view of 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LILEKx)
1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept is equipped with three-speed automatic transmission, independent torsion bar front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, 4.56:1 "Sure Grip" rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and all on a 119 inch wheelbase.
It was last seen in the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, on January 20, 2011. As it appeared for the auction the car is finished in a striking dark-red finish with double-white pinstripes running the length of the car. In the event of RM Auctions managed to sold this car at a price $715 thousand. But no matter what the price, it was truly remarkable to be able to have in existence, not only the concept car that was debuted before the public almost 50 years ago, but that it did so in complete form. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RM AUCTION | CONCEPTCARZ | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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