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Nothing Better than the Classics

Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge near St. Peters

We love to talk about the classic cars that have been a part of the history of the United States. One such vehicle is the Dodge Dart that is available at All Star Dodge near St. Peters. Today we want to take a look back at the start of the Dodge Dart to see where this muscle car got its start.

The first Dodge Darts were introduced for the 1960 model year. They were downsized large cars developed to replace the Plymouth in the standard, low-priced car segment for the Dodge dealer network. Dodge dealers had been selling Plymouths since 1930, but divisional restructuring took the Plymouth brand away from the Dodge dealer network. Project planners proposed the name Dart, only to have Chrysler executives demand an expensive research program which produced the name Zipp. This was promptly rejected in favor of Dart.

The Dart sedans and coupes were based on the unibody Plymouth platform with a 118 in (2,997 mm) wheelbase, shorter than the standard-size Dodge line. However, the Dart station wagons used the same 122 in (3,099 mm) wheelbase as the upmarket Polara wagons. The Dart line was offered in three trim levels: the basic Seneca, mid-range Pioneer, and premium Phoenix. “The new Dart came standard with a new engine, the 225 cu in (3.7 L) slant-six. The 318 cu in (5.2 L) (standard equipment on certain Phoenix and Pioneer body styles) and 361 cu in (5.9 L) V8s were optional with two-barrel or four-barrel carburetors, and with single or dual exhaust. The Dodge 383 cu in (6.3 L) V8 was added in 1961. Brakes were 11-inch drums.”-dodgeclassics.com

You can still get the latest generation of the Dodge Dart at All Star. Be a part of the amazing history of this classic muscle car. Get your Dodge Dart today!

Did Someone Say, “Charger”?

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood

At All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood, they are big fans of the Dodge Charger. This classic muscle car was huge in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, but then faded into the backdrop in the late 1970’s. However, in the late 2000’s Dodge decided to revive this model and bring back the classic model styling and adding all of the technologies of the day. Let’s talk a little more about the Charger!

The Dodge Charger rear-wheel-drive sedan is about the closest thing America has to an old-school muscle car, while now being comfortable and user friendly, with modern technology.

For 2015, it was refreshed at every body panel except the roof and rear doors, but its design remains retro as intended. The 2017 Charger upgrades the infotainment system with an improved touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New wheels and retro hound’s-tooth upholstery are also available on 2017 Dodge Chargers.

Base engine is a responsive 3.6-liter V6 making 292 horsepower, followed by a 5.7-liter V8 making 370 horsepower, a 6.4-liter V8 making 485 hp, and last but clearly not least is the horsepower king, the SRT Hellcat, a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 making 707 humongous horsepower.It will go 204 miles per hour.It’s surprisingly composed for a beast.

Charger V6 models use an 8-speed automatic, and have available all-wheel drive. Acceleration is quick enough to stay ahead of traffic.

Charger V8 versions, also with an 8-speed automatic, bring enough acceleration to enable relaxed passing at just half throttle.

To test drive the powerful Dodge Charger, head to All Star. Their team would love to show you all of the performance characteristics of this impressive model. We think that it is time to bring back the days of the muscle car – with the help of the Dodge Charger!

Dodge Challenger: An American Classic

Dodge Challenger at All Star near Mehlville

The Dodge Challenger is considered a classic muscle car that has not only survived generations of drivers, but thrived. While we have enjoyed the re-release of the Challenger in recent years, it is nice to look back at where the Challenger started. Of course you can get the 2017 Challenger at All Star near Mehlville.

The first car that carried the Challenger name was the introduction of a limited edition Dodge Silver Challenger Club Sedan to the 1959 full-sized Dodge Coronet (fourth generation) model line produced in Detroit, Michigan.

The Silver Challenger came only in silver paint and exclusively on Chrysler’s 217.4 in (5,520 mm) long two-door body style riding on a 122.0 in (3,100 mm) wheelbase. It was available with either the 230 cu in (3.8 L) “Getaway” L-head straight-six engine for $2,297, or powered by the 325 cu in (5.3 L) “Red Ram” V8 for $2,408. This car was marketed for the spring selling season to the “new-car buyers who’ve been waiting to get the most for the least.” A column-shifted three-speed manual transmission was standard and an automatic was optional.

The 1959 Silver Challenger was marketed with extra features at no extra cost. These included premium white wall tires, full wheel covers, electric windshield wipers, as well as an upgraded interior with silver metallic vinyl and black “Manchu” fabric upholstery, dual arm rests and sun visors, as well as deep pile wall-to-wall carpeting.

When the name lapsed Studebaker introduced its own Challenger model in 1964 which was an entry level version of the Studebaker Lark series. (This information was gathered from dodge.com.)

This was just the first generation. The Challenger has gone through several redesigns over the years, but each redesign has remained true to the original aesthetics that made it so great. See the latest generation of the Dodge Challenger at All Star today!

Challenger Fans Go Crazy for Mango!

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Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton

When Dodge reintroduced the Challenger several years ago after it had been in retirement for so long, it was warmly welcomed back by fans of the classic muscle car the world over. It has inspired feelings of nostalgia and excitement for those who see it. In order to accent those nostalgic feelings of the glory days of the muscle car, Dodge has been releasing specialty paint colors with complimenting interiors. We are never sure how long these specialty colors will be available, so when you find a specialty color that you like, you need to get your Dodge Challenger from All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton.

“Order up a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT or Charger SRT and Dodge will now paint it in another new shade inspired by the brand’s muscle car history. The new Go Mango shade follows up on the Plum Crazy Purple (which has proven so popular that Dodge has had to build more than it expected), B5 Blue, and Sublime Green shades the automaker has offered in recent years. Go Mango dates back to 1970 when it was introduced on the Challenger, but this isn’t the first time the shade has made a reappearance. The 2006 Charger R/T Daytona was offered in the shade, as was the Dart compact sedan. The color is a mix of orange and red tones and it can be combined with the nose-to-tail black Le Mans-style racing stripes.”-motorauthority.com

Dodge formally unveiled the color last weekend at the 11th annual Spring Festival in Irvine, California, a gathering for enthusiasts of the Challenger and Charger platform. The automaker says that dealer ordering banks for cars swathed in the new scheme are open immediately. The colors are offered on SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat versions of both the Challenger coupe and the Charger sedan.

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Dodge Charger: A Brief History

ROYAL OAK MI/USA - AUGUST 14 2015: "Plum Crazy" purple 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT, with Scat Pack and Hemi options, at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Woodward is a National Scenic Byway.

Dodge Charger at All Star near O’Fallon

We all know and love the newly released and revamped Dodge Charger. It was a classic muscle car back in the day and the new models have that same spirit. Today we would like to give you a brief history as well as provide you with some thoughts on why police departments are so fond of using the Charger as an unmarked car. As always, the Dodge Charger can be purchased from All Star Dodge near O’Fallon.

“Say “Dodge Charger” to most motorists, and no doubt they’ll think of a police cruiser staked out in the weeds alongside a freeway. The car’s use by law enforcement is appropriate; subtlety is not in its DNA.” – detroitnews.com

The Charger debuted in 1966 as a two-door version of the mid-sized Coronet sedan. It was soon transformed into a burly muscle car, but those glory days were short-lived. Escalating fuel prices and insurance rates emasculated powerful mid-sized coupes and, by 1983, the Charger was a wimpy, two-door compact powered by a four-cylinder engine. Thankfully, any notions of four-cylinder Chargers have dissipated in a haze of tire smoke. For 2016, the Charger is offered in six ascending trim levels: SE, SXT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat. That may seem hard to remember, but actually, it’s not.

“Sure, not everyone has the wallet for an all-wheel drive Charger, but that’s what makes this car so alluring. Yes, it has the image of a bold, brash bruiser, but it’s the car’s refined nature and comfortable cabin that make it so rewarding. So while you can get a crazy, hairy-chested Charger, you can also opt for one like the test car, an all-wheel-drive SXT.” -detroitnews.com

It is this power packed engine and impressive handling that has caused police departments all over the world to take note and add to their fleet. Add one to your ‘fleet’ with the help of the team at All Star!

 

I Feel the Need for Speed!

FRANKENMUTH MI/USA - SEPTEMBER 13 2015: A 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 1966 and 1973 Dodge Charger cars at the Frankenmuth Auto Fest, held in Heritage Park.

Dodge Charger at All Star near Saint Charles

A happy March morning to you! We are so glad to have you back with us today. With all of this warm weather we have been having, we have started to get that itch. You know the one, the one that makes you want to get out and hit the road. We want to feel the warm wind in our hair and feel the sun shine down on our faces. Part of what makes this so desirable is knowing that we have a great car to help us achieve this dream. We have the 2016 Dodge Charger and it is just waiting to roar into action.

The new Dodge Charger is a re-imagination of an old classic. We all remember the classic muscle car of the 1980’s, the Charger has those same lovable characteristics combined with all of the innovative technologies of today. The Dodge Charger has a powerful engine that is capable of top speeds all while maintaining impressive fuel economy. You will find features like Bluetooth and a built in navigation system, upon request. You will also find all of the classic lines that the Dodge Charger is known for, coupled with an innovative flow that suits today’s style. There is nothing not to love about the Charger!

There are only so many words that we an give you about the Charger, you really need to see it in person to get its full glory. We suggest that you head to All Star near Saint Charles to see all of the impressiveness that is the Dodge Charger.

For more information on the 2016 Dodge Charger, head to the All Star Dealership today. The friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to assist you in any way that they can.

Chrysler/Dodge Muscle Cars Featured on Postage Stamps

 

Pontiac GTO in MO

All Star Dodge Dealer near Wood River, is pleased to announce that the United States Postal Service will speed up the mail with muscle cars!  Well actually the mail won’t move any faster, but it may appear to now that it is featuring classic muscle car stamps.

The post office announced it will issue a limited edition set of stamps with the most famous muscle cars in history

Sports car enthusiasts can load up on these new stamps because they won’t expire in the future.  The stamps were designed to use on a first class letter and even if the postage rate is increased, users will still be able to attach the muscle card stamps with no extra fee.

Muscle Cars Featured on Postal Stamps:

1966 Pontiac GTO-The GTO evolved as a result of dropping a 389 cubic inch V-8 engine into an intermediate-size Pontiac Tempest LeMans. From then on the GTO became an infamous muscle car.

1967 Shelby GT-500– Powered by a 428 cubic inch V8 engine producing 355 HP, the original Shelby GT-500 Mustang was launched with only 2,048 models-making it a very desirable classic car today.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona-Dodge Charter Daytona was a street car built specifically for racing and it participated in its NASCAR debut at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega. Chrysler only manufactured 503 of these collectible models, making it a true classic stock car with an 18 inch nosepiece and rear mounted wing.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda-With a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 which produced 425 HP, the name “Cuda” is an shortened version of “Barracuda.”  Only 700 of these models were produced.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS- Chevrolet denoted the “SS” to signify “Super Sport,” the Chevelle offered an optional V8 454 cubic inch engine, black grille, and SS emblems on the grille and the rear bumper.

Muscle cars have been displayed by the post office in the past (with 1950’s sports cars and “Fins and Chrome”, but today these classic cars will be part of the “America on the Move series.”

To test drive a new Chrysler muscle car such as the New 2013 Dodge Charger SE RWD 4dr Car, visit your local Dodge Dealer in St. Louis Missouri, All Star Dodge.

 

2012 Challenger: Cars.com’s “Shopper’s Choice”

new Dodge Dealer near St. LouisAll Star used and new Dodge Dealer near St. Louis MO is pleased to announce that Cars.com honored the 2012 Dodge Challenger with the “Shopper’s Choice” award at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to a recent statement by Cars.com representing the voice of millions of shoppers who visit Cars.com; “the Dodge Challenger beat out nine other domestic and import finalists, ranging from small cars to larger SUVs and trucks, to become the favorite car of 2012.”

“The Dodge Challenger’s win proves, once again, that our Cars.com shoppers know what makes a great vehicle,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “The Challenger’s classic muscle car styling, refined handling and spacious interior make this an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a fun and surprisingly practical car.”

The finalists in the Shopper’s Choice Award were chosen based on shoppers actions such as searching for vehicles, and the most important shopping action;  sending inquiries to dealers, and filling out positive reviews.  Dodge Challenger won the Best of 2011 title after receiving the highest number of votes from Cars.com Facebook fans in the final round of the Best of 2012 competition.

“The Dodge Challenger is the ultimate American muscle machine,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLC. Bigland also stated; “We’re very proud that interest in the Challenger remains exceptionally high and that our owners are so enthusiastic, they voted for it to win the cars.com Shopper’s Choice Award.”

To test drive a new or used Dodge Challenger, or any other Chrysler model, visit your local Missouri All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton today, you won’t be disappointed!