From the 1950s through the early 1970s
Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler stood out as performance
machines. First the Hemi engine, then RAM-induction,
the Letter Cars, to just increasing displacement and
cranking up the power. Chrysler established a bond with
enthusiasts that rivaled the "we are a Ford Family
First, Last and Always" attitude among Ford owners
which began in the 1920s. The legend lives on among
MoPaR collectors and today a 1970 'Cuda or Charger Daytona
will fetch more money on the auction block than Ford
or GM rivals.
Chrysler Corporation spread their performance image
through multiple models and body styles. Plymouth began
its magic in 1958 when it introduced its Fury with the
Golden Commando V8 and electronic fuel injection system.
By 1961 it had a 413 CID with 375 H.P. In 1964 a 425
H.P. 426 CID Belvedere Satellite became available. The
Road Runner was introduced in 1968. The 1967 Barracuda,
meanwhile, advanced through performance stages along
with the new 1970 Duster. Special models and special
engines, with variations in trim and interiors.