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Will the real 1976 Charger, please stand up! MOPAR experts needed.

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Will the real 1976 Charger, please stand up! MOPAR experts needed.
Posted by 195X on Monday, July 03, 2017 12:04 PM

I lived through the seventies and owned several MOPAR of the era. a friend of mine also owned a few. In fact in high school he bought a 1976 Dodge Charger Sport. This car was bodied just like the '77 Monaco.

I have also uncovered google photos, that show a '77 style Cordoba body, that also claims to be a Charger in 1976.

I am a fan of MOPAR, always have been, but I never committed to memory all the little differences, I.E. RT, SE, XE, GT, Rallye, Rallye sport... etc.

So I am hoping the MOPAR men here can help me suss out just how we got TWO Chargers in '76, and more importantly... WHY?!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, July 03, 2017 1:00 PM

 

No way would I consider myself a MOPAR guru, but I owned a few MOPARs in my life and also was driving in the 70s. To the best of my knowledge there was only one body style, but as I recall there were some differences in the nose and rear. Take a look at these links. Note that these are ALL Chargers, and the second link says, “Four Distinctive Hardtops”. And I coud be all wrong about the one basic style with different noses and rears, but that's the way I remember it.

 

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/76ch.html

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/bilder/1.jpg

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/bilder/3.jpg

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/bilder/4.jpg

 

Steve

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Posted by 195X on Monday, July 03, 2017 1:58 PM

smhardesty

 

No way would I consider myself a MOPAR guru, but I owned a few MOPARs in my life and also was driving in the 70s. To the best of my knowledge there was only one body style, but as I recall there were some differences in the nose and rear. Take a look at these links. Note that these are ALL Chargers, and the second link says, “Four Distinctive Hardtops”. And I coud be all wrong about the one basic style with different noses and rears, but that's the way I remember it.

 

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/76ch.html

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/bilder/1.jpg

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/bilder/3.jpg

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/mopar/76ch/bilder/4.jpg

 

 

That proves it! Look close at #3 and #4! Two completely different cars, both say 1976 and both claim to be Charger, yet the blue one is the body style we know as the coke bottled Cordoba. The gold car is the same body as the Monacos and Furys of the same era. I thought maybe it was just a google thing but there were two distinct Chargers that year. Thank you so much for those brochure links and if you have one for the 1978/79 Magnum, that would be awesome.

I have to call my therapist now and tell her to stand down, crisis averted! Wink

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 12:54 PM

195X

Thank you so much for those brochure links and if you have one for the 1978/79 Magnum, that would be awesome.

Sure. Try these.

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/dodge/78mag/78mag.html

http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/dodge/79mag/79mag.html

Steve

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 1:15 PM

COOL! Everybody? Steve is my new best friend! Smile

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 2:20 PM

According to what I'm finding on google, they did the same thing with the RoadRunner in 76 too.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:15 AM
You're right about the differences between the cars. I never realized how different they were. I thought it was limited to the nose and rear, but it's a different body, for sure.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by HineMotors on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 12:01 PM
1975 Road Runner was based on the B Body Fury Intermediate car, this was the ONLY year Plymouth used the Fury body for the rr, 1968 - 74 was based on the Satellite Belvedere B Body, and the 76 - 80 was based on the Volare Body.
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Posted by heepey on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:59 PM
Mopar was going through some very hard times in the mid to late 70s. They lacked direction and vision and were throwing successful names at marginal cars as if the name would sell the car. I believe that there was a front wheel drive econocar that also wore the name Charger at one point.
Dan
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Posted by MLOMAKA on Friday, September 29, 2017 7:24 AM

This is probibly a minor thing, and strange things were happening in the Mopar group (I always thought it was trying to save money), but if you look at those pictures again, especially the #3 and #4, one says "Charger Sport" and the other "Charger Daytona". This may explain the difference. I am not an expert, especially on these years, but it is just something I noticed.

 

Mike

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