In Motion Outtake: 1973 Dodge Challenger Rallye – No Need To Frown

798 - 1973 Dodge Challenger CC

Let’s get one thing out of the way.  As far as car “faces” go, this one looks upset.  I still can’t figure out if it looks more shocked, sad, or angry, compared to the 1970 / ’71 Challengers.  Maybe it’s salty because it barely outsold the AMC Javelin for ’72 by less than 500 units**, despite AMC’s comparatively tiny overall market share.  And I do understand that it can’t be easy being a Mopar cruising the downtown streets of the birthplace of General Motors, and so I empathize.  But really, it’s going to be alright.

Though I’m glad the stylists behind the 2015 Challenger refresh didn’t draw inspiration from this front end, I like this Challenger.  A lot.  From its confident stance, to its Bright Blue Metallic paint, to the severe tumblehome of the greenhouse, to the raised white-letter tires…it gives me Dodge Fever.  Looking at this car makes me want to watch “Vanishing Point” tonight.  Maybe I will.

Downtown Flint, Michigan.
Friday, August 19, 2011.

** Total ’72 Challenger production: 26,663.  Total ’72 Javelin production: 26,184.  A difference of less 2%.

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