It's the subtle features that make this car impressive!


Dodge debuted the third generation of the Charger in 1971, which was fresh off massive success of the moniker during the second generation run.  During the era ushered in by the 1971 Dodge Charger, the Mopar would  produce cars that were considered to be the most successful designs of  the muscle car culture, but that largely depends on who you ask.

1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept

William “Bill” Brownlie is the driving force behind the design of the  first three generations of the Dodge Charger. While skeptics wondered how the first two run of the Charger could be topped. Bill did it with the 1971, and received the admiration  from customers it deserved, proven by the 50-percent sales climb to  75,000 units sold.

This particular example is the 1971 Dodge Charger R/T in its “unadulterated form”, as Bill envisioned it, and it was brought  to life by Gary and Pam Beineke. Chrysler teased about the design  elements of the car through concepts that included the Dodge Diamante  and Super Charger. Both of the teaser concepts sported the electrically  actuated, variable pitch rear wings that could be adjusted from the  cockpit enabling the driver to adapt to different driving conditions -  adjustable via the cockpit to allow the driver to adapt the wing.

1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept

There are other details on this realized concept that might take a  trained eye to notice, like the color keyed integrated bumper, hideaway  headlights with “Charger” scripts, and a more aggressive front chin  spoiler. You can find these features on other Chargers, but not together  in this fashion. The Charger’s air-grabber cold air intake flap is a  familiar piece among Mopar fans, but sports the originally designed  shark tooth fang.

1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept

If the subtle design elements aren’t enough, how about a 440 six-pack  engine that powers the build? Thrown in the Tuff Wheel, Rallye gauge  cluster, Pistol Grip shifter, rear window louvers, electronic ignition,  and four-wheel power disc brakes, and you have a fine muscle car on your  hands.

["1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept"]
["1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept"]
["1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept"]
["1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack Concept"]

The car speaks the “jet fighter” design language throughout, and is a  great nod to what you might call a 1970 1/2 concept, dubbed as the 71  Wing Car of the G-Series Collection. Check out more about this car and the inspiration behind it here.