1971 Dodge Charger 500

2dr Hardtop Coupe

8-cyl. 318cid/230hp 2bbl

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Model description

Dodge divided the Coronet and Charger lines in 1971, redesigning both models and separating them. The Coronet now featured only sedans and wagons, while the Charger was available as a coupe and two-door hardtop

The 1971 Dodge Charger models on offer included base, Charger SE, Charger Super Bee and Charger R/T. The Charger was completely redesigned with a semi-fastback roofline, trunk lid with integral spoiler and six square taillights in an oval rear bumper. The wheelbase was shorter, but the car was wider and the front overhang was longer. The base engine was an unpopular slant-six or a 230 bhp 318 cid V-8.

The Charger 500 was the same package with more options and the Super Bee was a Plain Jane high-performance package with a 300 bhp 383 cid V-8. The SE featured luxury options like a leather interior, more trim and wood applique, and the R/T was top of the line with a 370 bhp 440 cid V-8, heavy duty suspension and brakes and luxurious interior. Optional engines included the 385 bhp “six-pack” 440 V-8 with triple two-barrel carburetors, and of course the thundering 425 bhp 426 cid Street Hemi V-8. This was the last year of the famed Hemi, as insurance rates and 1972 rules requiring regular gasoline effectively canceled it when compression ratios were cut to 8.5:1 in 1972.

Other options included air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power front disc brakes, power seats, console, power windows, AM/FM 8-track, cruise control, rally suspension, and vinyl roof.

Dodge offered lots of exterior colors for the 1971 Charger, including Light Gunmetal, Gunmetal Gray, Light Blue, Bright Blue, Dark Blue, Plum Crazy, Indigo, Bright Red, Burgundy, Light Green, Dark Green, Lime Green, Green-Go, Dark Bronze, Butterscotch, Panther Pink, Turquoise, Tan, Dark Tan, Hemi Orange, White, Brite White, Black, Top Banana, Citron Yella, Light Gold Gold, Dark Gold, Bahama Yellow, Orange, and Rally Green.

Motor Trend did an extensive survey of high-performance Chargers for 1971. It recorded 0-60 mph in seven seconds for the Charger SE with the 370 bhp 440 Magnum and a quarter-mile in 14.93 seconds at 96.4 mph. A Super Bee with the 385 bhp 440 managed 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds and quarter-mile in 14.74 seconds at 97.3 mph. Meanwhile, a Hemi-powered Super Bee managed 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.73 seconds at 104 mph.

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