5 Famous Dodge Cars

28 Jun

If you could assign fame to brands of cars, Dodge would surely be at the top of the list. Over the last several decades, Dodge cars have jumped, raced, chased, and muscled across both large and small screens. Let’s give credit to Dodge’s television and movie dominance with a look at five famous Dodge cars.

Bullitt Dodge Charger

No list of famous cars is complete without some reference to Bullitt. The Steve McQueen flick featured a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 racing through the streets of San Francisco. The scene, which lasts about 10 minutes, set the standard for all car chase scenes that follow. Notably, most of the scene plays out without music or dialogue. The only sound effects are the ones that really matter — squealing tires and roaring engines.

Chargers

The Dukes of Hazzard Charger

The General Lee, driven by Bo and Luke Duke, was a 1969 Charger two-door coupe with welded-shut doors and a horn that played the song “Dixie.” The Duke cousins relied on the Dodge to get them out of all kinds of situations — most of which involved outrunning Hazzard County Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane by taking the Charger airborne.

The Chargers used for the show were heavily modified to handle the stunts and then retired quickly. Sources don’t agree on how many Chargers the series went through, but some say it was as many as 300. The Dukes of Hazzard originally aired on television from 1979 to 1985.

Mod Squad Dodge Challenger

In Mod Squad, three hip crime fighters cruised the streets in a convertible 1972 E-body Dodge Challenger. Painted metallic gold with with black stripes, the Challenger was the perfect ride for reformed troublemakers Pete, Julie, and Linc.

Although Chrysler officially discontinued the E-body cars in 1971, the carmaker modified just a few ‘71s to look like ‘72s, for TV use only. Officially, these cars became factory authorized ‘72s. They are extremely rare today, and still just as hip as they were decades ago.

Wanted’s Dodge Viper

The 2008 film Wanted features a flashy red Dodge Viper SRT-10. Popular Mechanics says this Viper’s car chase work puts it on the list of the 10 best car chases in movie history. The scene that car enthusiasts remember shows the Viper weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds. Angelina Jolie is steering with her feet and balancing on the hood, while firing very large guns at her enemies. Lawmen are outwitted when Jolie slides back into the driver’s seat and initiates a sideways, airborne flip over the police barricade. In one short scene, the Viper one-ups every jump every made by the General Lee.

Walker, Texas Ranger Dodge Ram 1500

Dodge muscle cars tend to get all the attention, but Dodge trucks have had their time in the spotlight too. What else but a Dodge Ram 1500 would suit Walker, Texas Ranger? According to the Internet Movie Cars Database, Sgt. Cordell Walker drove a 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab SLT. The truck was bold and brawny enough to suit Walker, a character played by martial arts master and all-around tough guy Chuck Norris. In one episode, Walker rolls the truck by trying to outrun a helicopter equipped with high-powered weaponry. Yes, the truck eventually bursts into flames, but it put up a valiant fight against a pretty tough competitor.

What’s your favorite famous Dodge? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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