Dodge Challenger: 40 Years in Pictures

Challenger turns 40-ish this year. Well, actually, it's like a 40-year range over which the Challenger name was used a few times and to celebrate, Chrysler has given a photo-run-through of the model's rich history.

Over the course of its first generation, ranging from 1970-74, the Challenger was offered with an inline six-cylinder and many choices of V8. The 8-cylinder options ranged from a 318 cubic inch unit making 230 horsepower to the 425-horse 426 Hemi and 390-horse 440 (output numbers dipped consistently as the oil crisis developed).

A major difference between the original and current Charger is that a convertible isn't currently offered. After the '74 model year Challenger production stopped, with around 188,000 units sold.

The second-generation Challenger arrived in 1978. Unlike the original E-body Barracuda twin, this model was based on a Mitsubishi and came with a 77-horsepower 1.6 liter inline-four or an optional 105-horsepower 2.6 liter I4.

Finally, the third generation (or attempt) at selling a Dodge challenger is upon us. Debuting in 2006 as a concept, it hit the streets as a 2008 model.

True to the original, this Challenger is available with a six-cylinder or optional V8s, loud colors, and a ton of factory accessories. Unlike the original T/A top-end model, though, we get the SRT with a 425-horsepower 6.1 liter Hemi.

By Phil Alex