AJ's Car of the Day: 1966 Dodge Charger

Car: Dodge Charger

Year: 1966

What makes it special: 1966 was the debut year for the popular Dodge Charger model. For both that year and 1967 they were of a fastback design, and shared a chassis and front sheet metal with Dodge's Coronet model.

What made it famous: They were introduced as the "Leader of the Rebellion" at that year's Rose Bowl, later that year they introduced the new Street Version of the 426 Hemi V8 to coincide with the new image for the company. 

Why I would want one: The fastback design only lasted two years, they are not as common as later year Chargers, and only 468 Chargers were built with the new 426 Street Hemi.

Fun fact: In 1966 the Dodge Charger was raced in Nascar with hopes that the fastback would prove to be a winner on the high-banks. Unfortunately, the car wound up being slippery on the faster tracks because its body generated lift. (Drivers said that "it was like driving on ice.") To solve this problem, Dodge installed a small lip spoiler on the trunk lid which improved conditions at speeds above 150 mph.

Photo from fastlanecars.com