AJ’s Car of the Day: 1979 Dodge Magnum GT

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1979 Dodge Magnum GT

Car: Dodge Magnum GT

Year: 1979

What makes it special: Dodge’s Magnum model debuted for the 1978 model year to supplement the Charger model, and was available in either the “XE” or “GT” versions. Magnum was the last of Chrysler’s B-platform models. It featured four rectangular headlights that sat behind clear, retractable covers, narrow Opera style rear quarter windows and your choice of optional T-bar or power sunroof.

What made it famous: The Dodge Magnum was a well-appointed car that featured power steering, brakes and seats. It was a performer with adjustable longitudinal torsion bars, lower trailing links and front and rear anti-sway bars. Base powerplant was the lean-burn 318 V8, with either a two- or four-barrel 360 or 400 cu in V8 were optional. The GT model sported a rear “GT” stripe.

Why I would want one: I like it because it’s not very common. It being a GT model makes it even cooler.

Fun fact: The Magnum was kind of a rounded-off Charger, and was created in response to getting a car eligible for NASCAR qualification, seeing as the Magnum was more aerodynamic while the Charger wasn’t.