Dodge Charger Fourth Generation
|1975 to 1978|
|Assembly||United States: Detroit, Michigan Hamtramck, Michigan St. Louis, Missouri|
|Body and chassis|
|Related||Dodge Coronet Chrysler Cordoba Plymouth GTX Plymouth Fury|
|Engine||318 cu in (5.2 L) V8 360 cu in (5.9 L) V8 400 cu in (6.6 L) V8|
|Transmission||3-speed automatic 3-speed manual 4-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||115.0 in (2,921 mm)|
|Length||216.0 in (5,486 mm)|
|Height||52.0 in (1,321 mm)|
In 1975, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler Cordoba shared the same all new body based on the B platform. The Chrysler Cordoba had replaced the Plymouth Satellite Sebring. The Charger SE (Special Edition) was the only model offered. It came with a wide variety engines from the 318 cu in (5.2 L) "LA" series small block V8 to the 400 cu in (6.6 L) big block V8. The standard engine was the 360 cu in (5.9 L) small block. Sales in 1975 amounted to 30,812.
Dodge Charger Fourth Generation 1975 side view
Because of the extreme squareness of the bodystyle, NASCAR teams were forced to rely on the previous years (1974) sheetmetal for race-spec cars. In order for Dodge to be represented, NASCAR allowed the 1974 sheetmetal to be used until January 1978, when the new Dodge Magnum was ready for race use. In 1976 a Dodge Charger was one of two NASCAR stock cars to compete in the 24hrs at LeMans, having been modified with head-lamps, tail-lamps and windshield wipers. It was driven by Herschel and Doug McGriff and sponsored by Olympia Beer, earning the nickname "Oly Express".
In 1976, the model range was expanded to four models; base, Charger Sport, Charger SE and the Charger Daytona.
Dodge Charger Fourth Generation Daytona side view
The base and Sport models used a different body than the SE and Daytona, and were essentially a rebadging of what had been the 1975 Dodge Coronet 2-door models — and available with a 225 cu in (3.7 L) Slant Six, which was not offered on the SE and Daytona. The Charger Daytona was introduced as an appearance package with either the 360 or 400 engine. Sales increased slightly to 65,900 units in 1976.
Dodge Charger Fourth Generation 1976
In 1977, the base Charger and Charger Sport were dropped as this body style became part of the newly named B-body Monaco line, and only the Charger SE and Charger Daytona were offered. Sales dropped to 36,204.
Dodge Charger Fourth Generation 1977
In 1978, its final year as a B-Body, only 2,735 Chargers were produced, Dodge also sold in the same market segment, the Dodge Magnum which too was a B-body car. Dodge Magnum.