Dodge Charger: Enduring Thunder - Dodge Performance (Paperback)Robert Ackerson (author)
Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 15/04/2008
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This book provides a detailed examination of the development and history of one of the greatest American high -performance automobiles of the modern age, the Dodge Charger. It presents readers with an informative look back at the origins of the Charger's rich heritage as a car of rugged design and extraordinary performance. One crucial source was the business ethics and technical know-how of Horace and John Dodge, who after literally mastering the automobile industry from the ground up as suppliers of components to numerous industrial leaders including Henry Ford, produced their first automobile in 1914. The details of this landmark automobile and the outstanding performance of Dodge vehicles by John Pershing both in military operations in Mexico and Europe in 1917 and 1918 are shown to be crucial to the legendary Dodge virtues of dependability and longevity.As depicted in the book's coverage of Dodge automobiles from the 1920 and 1930s these bedrock virtues, combined with impressive acceleration, predictable handling and stability became the foundation on which Dodge would build its modern high-performance. This book's careful review of those years, that include epic performances by Dodge at England's legendary Brooklands track, the use of Dodge vehicles by famed explorer Roy Chapman Andrews in Asia's Gobi Desert and the 102,000-mile durability/performance run of the 1930 Dodge 8 "Marathon Car," is just one of its unique features distinguishing it from other books on modern high-performance automobiles. One of the most decisive events, in American automotive history, Walter P. Chrysler's purchase of Dodge Brothers in 1928 is portrayed as further advancing a tradition of engineering excellence that would two decades later result in the dawning of the Golden Age of High Performance Dodge automobiles.Subsequent chapters feature the great performance milestones leading to 1966 and the Charger's debut. In 1953 came the first Red Ram Hemi V-8. Both the story of its development and its domination of its competitors in the 1954 Mexican Road Race are presented in for readers. Subsequent chapters recognize the contributions of additional great cars - the D-500, the Ram-tuned Darts, the 413 and 426 wedge-engined models including the great Ramcharger 426. When the first Charger was built in 1966, its blood line could be traced back to those great cars. But this book's core is the history of the fantastic Dodge Charger.The Dodge Charger is one of the most sensational, best-known and most popular models of the muscle-car era. All models from the first fastback models of 1966 through the latest 2008 models are examined in a detailed text and depicted in hundreds of color illustrations. A commitment to accuracy, careful attention to detail and a determination to make this volume the book of choice for the Dodge enthusiast assures that every aspect of the latest model's combination of Charger heritage and 21st century technology and styling are fully examined and graphically illustrated. Packed with numerous tables of specifications of all the great Charger models and over 350 illustrations this is a must have book.
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 250 x 207 mm
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