Before there were cars like the Ford Mustang and Shelby on the market, the automotive world had already known Mopar in the early 1960s. Mopar, which is a unit of ‘motor’ and ‘parts’ initially operated under the Chrysler company in the 1920s.
Then in 1937, Mopar officially started its work as an independent brand and provided motor parts for high-performance muscle cars. Meanwhile, Chrysler, which is considered to be the original pioneer of the muscle car itself, became popular in the post-World War II era. With the 300 hp Hemi V-8 engine introduced in production of the C-300 in 1955, Chrysler succeeded in shaping a concept car with incredible acceleration and power.
Chrysler, in the early days of production, bought Dodge cars and introduced Plymouth, which mostly used parts from Mopar. Under Mopar, Chrysler managed to emerge as one of the three largest car manufacturers in the United States, alongside Ford and General Motors. Mopar has an important role in developing automotive culture in the United States. Therefore, this time we will discuss some muscle cars that have received considerable intervention from Mopar in their manufacture.
- 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A
For Mopar fans, the Dodge muscle car is indeed one of the fastest muscle cars in automotive history. The Dodge Challenger itself was introduced in 1969 and produced 2,539 models by 1974.The Challenger T / A used Chrysler’s signature body design with attractive colors, round headlights and large outline accents, while Mopar made a 340 cid V8 engine that could generate power. 290 hp.
- 1970 Dodge Super Bee
The 1970 Dodge Super Bee was one of the rarest Mopar Hemi muscle cars. This car comes with a choice of a four-speed manual transmission or a three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. This car also comes with several engine options, namely the 383 engine which produces 335 horsepower, while the highest variant uses the 426 Hemi V8 dual-quad engine which produces 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. The Super Bee is a two-door coupe with rear-wheel-drive.
- 1970 Plymouth Superbird
The Plymouth Superbird is a car that was purpose-built to dominate NASCAR tracks, and it achieved its goal. In 1970, the Superbird won 18 races with its radical spoiler attached to the rear. This rear-wheel-drive car uses Mopar’s popular classic engine, the 426 Hemi V8 engine that produces 425 horsepower.
- 1965 Plymouth Barracuda
Plymouth was first introduced in 1928 by Chrysler, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that the Mopar muscle car could actually produce a fairly competitive Barracuda series. Although the 1965 and 1966 Barracuda models could not cope with massive engines, this one could use the Commando 273-cid four-barrel engine.
- Chrysler C-300
Any Mopar fan will tell you about the origin of Mopar on the Chrysler C-300 in 1955. This car was the first original muscle car to use the 300 hp Hemi V-8 engine concept which has become very common today. In those days, this machine was an amazing machine thanks to the power it produced. During its heyday, this car could even produce 340 hp.
- Plymouth Fury
The Plymouth Fury was introduced in the same year as the Chrysler C-300, but was later replaced by the Plymouth Belvedere. This Plymouth Fury car underwent several changes from a full size model to a mid size, and stopped production in 1989. The 1956 model could produce 240 hp, while the last model released in 1989, the Police Fury, could only produce 175 hp. .
- Dodge Dart 413 Max Wedge
Mopar gained full control of the track and its audience by launching the Dodge 413 Max Wedge. This Max Wedge car engine was a successful engine that brought Mopar and Chrysler into the three largest car manufacturers in the United States at that time. Competing with the powerful 400 hp engines manufactured by Ford and Pontiac, Mopar managed to surpass it by using the Max Wedge engine capable of producing 425 hp embedded in the Dodge Dart 413 car.
- Plymouth GTX
The Plymouth GTX is a mid-size muscle car that made its debut in 1967 as the Belvedere. This car uses the Super Commando 440 engine which is known to produce 375 hp of power, while the other engines available are the Chrysler Hemi 426 engine which produces 425 hp. In 1968 and early 1970, the Plymouth GTX received some minor and major changes to its design, but still kept the same engine.
- Plymouth Roadrunner
This one car must be familiar to our ears. The Plymouth Roadrunner is arguably a classic car, but what sets it apart from other Mopar productions is its minimalist design concept that isn’t too luxurious. Apart from all that, the engine it uses is the same as any Ford or Pontiac muscle car. This car uses a 383ci V8 engine that produces 335 hp, and this engine is the exclusive engine of the Roadrunner.
- Dodge Hemi Dart LO23 Super Stock
This Dodge Hemi Dart LO23 Super Stock is the result of a collaboration between Chrysler and Hurst Performance as an effort to create a car that can compete in the drag racing class. The LO23 itself symbolizes that this Hemi Dart car is limited to racing for Super Stock under Class B. In this car, a standard Hemi I.e.426 cubic-inch Mopar engine is implanted, which is known to be capable of producing 425 hp.