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Thursday, January 14, 2021

A marriage of beauty and style into an impractical Dodge Charger III

As we all know that Chrysler now FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobile), one of the three giant American automotive companies has built many unique and interesting concept cars in the past few decades. So on this occasion we try to present a future concept car made in 1968 by Dodge (an American car brand under Chrysler) which is named Dodge Charger III. 
1968 Dodge Charger III concept car appeared as a two-seater sportscar with a very slim body profile like an arrow. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3nln8rv)
This car is a classic two-seater sportscar concept with a very slim body profile like an arrow, so it's no exaggeration if the American company then claims it to be the most aerodynamic car has ever built.

Despite having such an aerodynamic shape, but infact, it was simply impractical. Because the cabin feels narrow and cramped, and you could not be to lower the side windows so that fresh air enters the cabin. Because, instead of having the normal windshield and separate side windows, in fact the Dodge Charger III only has a circular one-piece glass fixed permanently in a fiberglass canopy.
1968 Dodge Charger III concept car has no normal doors and to get into the cabin You have to lift the air spring-based canopy. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MCGKKV)
Uniquely, the Charger III doesn't have normal doors and windows, so to get into the cabin, you have to lift the air spring-based canopy by pressing a special button. As the entire canopy is lifted, the bucket seats will automatically rise by 8 inches, the steering wheel and instrument panel will swing upwards to allow easier access for the driver and passenger. Looks fancy? Maybe, but it's definitely impractical.
1968 Dodge Charger III concept car has narrow and cramped cabin with only two bucket seats to accomodate the driver and passenger inside. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MCGKKV)
Even so, the concept car, which was completed in 1968, still looks modern today. This concept car is actually part of a Dodge promotion, designed to showcase all of the company's latest technology and engineering advancements, particularly in the aerodynamics
1968 Dodge Charger III concept car has the hidden headlights under its long sloping hood that resemble to the Corvette front-end. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MCGKKV)
In 1969, Robert B. McCurry, the Dodge's general manager at the time said, "The Charger III is an idea car. Or, better call it an idea exchange. This experimental vehicle is our way of showing the public some of the design concepts and techniques we have developed. From the public, we learn what they want (or don't like) to see in future cars. That's why we conducted a special consumer survey at auto shows Many of the features seen in the Charger III may also be included in our cars in the not too distant future. long time."
1968 Dodge Charger III concept car has special experimental braking system with three air brake flaps synchronized with the regular braking system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MCGKKV)
The Charger III concept has hidden headlights under its long sloping hood that resemble to the Corvette front-end. While, the car's rear-end reminds us to the Pete Brock-designed Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, and then the roofline and chopped-off tail reminds of the Ferrari Breadvan. It definitely, those aerodynamic designs intended to make the car can run really fast on a race track.

The Dodge Charger III concept is equipped with a 426 cubic-inches dimensioned V8 Hemi engine and is installed in front of the passenger compartment under the long hood. Uniquely, the Dodge Charger III features a service access panel located just behind the front left wheel.
Some said that the 1968 Dodge Charger III concept car equipped with a 426 cubic-inches dimensioned V8 Hemi engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MCGKKV)
This seems to make it easier for the driver to check at a glance the engine oil, coolant and battery fluid levels, and also to house the fuse panel. So, anyone can do a complete inspection to the engine without opening the hood.

Then there is also, an experimental braking system by using three air brake flaps synchronized with the regular braking system and acting as an air foil brake (like an airplane). This is not to slow down the speed of the car, but to help the car's stability during sudden braked. And under this brake cap are two gas filler caps. 
Although the 1968 Dodge Charger III concept is quite eye-catching, it looks like this car is too complicated and impractical for mass production. Therefore, the 1968 Dodge Charger III only ended up as a very unique concept car, of course. 

The Charger III remains a stillborn dream machine, and it took more than 25 years to bring its basic design into the Viper GTS form. This proves that even a good idea may take some time to find the light of day.*** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MYCARREQUEST | CONCEPTCARZ ]
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