Ford were having it all their own way on the super speedways of NASCAR in the late 1960s, so Chrysler fought back with the launch of their Charger 500. Most notable about the bodywork was the flush grille where previously there had been sunken headlamps. Dodge found the flush look helped significantly with aerodynamics so the rear window was also mounted as such. Underneath, the 500 had a unitary body/chassis with torsion bar front end and anti-roll bar, while the rear was conventional leaf springs. Disc brakes came as standard at 11 inches (280mm) diameter and were needed with the big-block powerplants. The two options were the 375bhp (280kW) 440ci (7.2-liter) Magnum engine or the Hemi which was rated at 425bhp (317kW), even though it was closer to 500bhp (373kW) in reality. The 500s won 15 races in 1969, but alas, Ford's victories numbered 30.
Dodge Charger 500 (1969) Specifications
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