AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Dodge Charger Rallye Magnum 440

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Car: Dodge Charger Rallye 440 Magnum

Year: 1973

What makes it special: For 1973, the Chargers received all new sheet metal even though at first glance only the rear roof "C-Pillars" looked different, they were longer, wider, and slightly taller than the 1971-72 cars. They were also given new slatted taillights and new grilles. Hidden headlights were dropped, even as an option. The specially trimmed Rallye remained the hottest Charger available until 1974.

What made it famous: Optional Rallye engines included the 340 small-block and the detuned 440 Magnum. The Charger could be equipped with a choice of a three-speed manual, or Hurst shifted or Pistol Grip 4-speed manual transmission. Power steering was still optional.

Why I would want one: These have recently caught my eye. Admittedly, I wasn't a huge fan of the third generation Dodge Charger until recently, and since the 426 Hemi V8 was dropped from the Charger options list, the 440 Magnum V8 ( although detuned by 1973), was still the top-of-the-line option, so I'd want to have that under its hood.

Fun fact: NASCAR legend Richard Petty has stated this body style as his favorite car that he ran during his career.

( 1973 Dodge Charger Rallye 440 Magnum photo from fototime.com )