The Pontiac GTO might have started the muscle car revolution in 1964, but Dodge and Plymouth soon followed. Since Chrysler never imposed displacement limits and a racing ban like did GM, Dodge and its Mopar muscle cars soon became very active both at drag strips and NASCAR ovals, winning numerous drag races.
The R/T badge on the fenders stood for “Road and Track” and truly meant it. Chargers, Challengers, Daytonas, and Coronets were equally impressive on the roads as well as on the drag strips and circuits. With mighty 426 Hemi and 440 Magnums under the hoods, Dodge cars were amongst the fastest and most powerful muscle cars of the classic era. To celebrate that, we compiled a list of the best models that truly defined Mopar muscle car performance. Check them out right here.
Dodge D-Series High-Performance Package
Back in the early ’60s, Dodge had a lineup of trucks that fell behind Ford and Chevrolet. Their competitors had newer models, more options, and more engine choices. But Dodge didn’t give up. They introduced an attractive special edition from 1964 to 1966 that took the pickup world by storm. They called it the High-Performance Package. It featured a lot of go-faster goodies from Mopar. First, there was the mighty 426 Wedge V8 engine with 375 HP. At the time, it was the biggest, most powerful engine ever in a pickup truck.
There were bucket seats in the interior and a 6,000 RPM tachometer. It also came with wild racing stripes and a performance transmission (via Motor Trend). Dodge even revised the suspension to withstand its big power and torque. The finished product looked cool and performed well, but its high price sealed its fate. They only made 50 Dodge D Series High-Performance Package models and only 31 exist today. As a result, they are rare, valuable vehicles that are increasingly hard to find.