1971 Dodge Challenger Flashback Friday
For today’s Flashback Friday, we wanted to take a look at the vehicle that started it all: the 1971 Dodge Challenger.
This model year Challenger has inspired the designers and manufacturers, as well as many other automotive industry players, to create the 2015 Dodge Challenger and the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Vintage is trendy these days, and we thought it would be especially appropriate to check out this car a little more in-depth for Flashback Friday.
For the 1971 Dodge Challenger Flashback Friday, it’s fun to look at the standard features, power, fuel economy ratings and the overall feel of the ride.
Drivers in 1971 were very into sports cars, and the 1971 Dodge Challenger was as sporty as they come. It was one of the most classically cool sports cars of the year and inspired the likes of many others to follow. The Dodge Challenger was first introduced in 1958, but drivers came to love the 1970-1971 model year best.
The 1971 Dodge Challenger Flashback Friday model came in two models, as either a two-door hardtop coupe or a convertible. The base model engine was an I6 with a V8 as an option. The cars came with a standard 3-speed manual transmission, but a 4-speed was available. The top horsepower for the V8 Dodge Challenger was rated at 425 for the 1971 HEMI engine.
The 1971 Dodge Challenger is becoming more and more expensive as collectors scramble to get their hands on one of these iconic vehicles.
The 1971 Dodge Challenger features a revised grille and rear panel, and the grille now came to a peak in the center between the two projector-style headlights. A wide racing stripe was available on the 1971 Dodge Challenger, which was essential for the sports cars of the 70s. The 1971 Challenger also came in a variety of colors including burnt orange, plum, yellow, tan and light blue.
The interior was stitched and the center stack consisted of only the shift lever, which is much different than today’s Dodge Challenger.
Comparing the 1971 Dodge Challenger Flashback Friday to today’s 2015 Dodge Challenger nets a few differences including available power and technology, but overall, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is a great way to pay homage to one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.