When the majority of the population thinks of a classic Dodge Charger they think of those that were built between 1968-1970. They’ve been popularized over the years by TV shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and movies like Bullitt and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. What about those Chargers though that were built after 1970, you know the third generation body styles that ran from 1971-1974. For the most part these cars were over shadowed by the previous generation Charger because of their media exposure, but let me introduce you to a certain 1972 Dodge Charger that seeks to change that.
Now in the world of custom cars there are two types – those that are driven and those that are trailer queens. Granted there is a place for both, but in all honesty who the hell wants to look at a car on a trailer? Me, I want to see these things smoking the hides and sliding through corners which is exactly what owner Bill Howell of Pigeon Forge, TN had in mind when he built this stellar pro-touring 1972 Dodge Charger. Sure it’s big and a bit heavy, but hey, so am I so I really can’t say a damn thing. The difference with this Charger though is that it packs a modern day 6.4-liter 540 hp crate HEMI, full suspension components from XV Motor Sports and massive pizza pie sized 14-inch brakes from Wilwood. What that means is that Bill is able to drive the piss out of this thing on racetracks all over the country.
Now some people are going to say that if you want a track car, then why not just go out and buy a Porsche or a Corvette. Of course that’s definitely an option, but keep in mind that cars like this ’72 Charger aren’t solely about track prowess. They’re about doing it with style and placing a new twist in the history books about how old cars are perceived. Just a quick FYI though – if for some reason you see this particular ’72 Charger at a stoplight and feel lucky, my advise would be to strongly reconsider your actions as this car has destroyed more egos than you can imagine.