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%.