Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If Dodge Made A Charger Hellcat Back In 1969?

The Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models have proved exceptionally popular for the American car manufacturer and show no sign of relinquishing their stranglehold over the hearts and minds of muscle car enthusiasts.

Dodge introduced them back in 2014, but Abimelec Design thought it would be interesting to imagine what a Hellcat could have looked like if introduced way back in the late 1960s. The finished product is the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T Hellcat.

Eager to make a classic Charger fitting of the Hellcat name, the designer decided to fit the base car with a pair of huge superchargers, meaning the 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 would produce a theoretical 575 hp. The current Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat have 707 hp but a muscle car in 1969 with 575 horses would have been even more remarkable.

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These renderings are so realistic that you could be excused for thinking they depict a car Dodge actually once built. The front end sports a black hood with a massive scoop which sucks air into the engine. In addition, the muscle car features black graphics at the rear as well as retro-inspired Hellcat logos.

Abimelec Design also went to the trouble of rendering the classic Charger R/T Hellcat in a number of different colors and even created a mock advertisement that lists it as the “fastest car ever” and quotes a quarter-mile time of 11.9 seconds at 124 mph (199 km/h).

While it would have been cool to see Dodge introduce such a version in the late 1960s, we’re confident that the popularity of the current Hellcats will ensure this bloodline remains alive, at least for the foreseeable future.

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  • Ben

    Dodge has always been the heaviest and I believe the most powerful in the horsepower wars. Part of this is because Dodge is relatively slow to react. The 1970 Charger that we all drool over today came right at the beginning of the fuel crisis. Meanwhile, other classics had already had their time in the sun such as Mustang and GTO. The same is true with the Hellcat. By 2015, Mustang already had their Shelby GT500 and Camaro had it’s ZL1. Dodge, came late, but did so fashionably.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I’d support a remake that does not detach itself too much from the original. However, i’d prefer to see a chassis/suspension setup that actually makes them navigate turns properly (not in the American way this is understood, i mean going really fast). This also implies keeping size, proportions (width vs lenght) and weight reasonable.

    PS: The purple model in the pictures above brought me back to my childhood and the Hot Wheels toy cars. I had one exactly like that and, together with a blue Mustang, it was my preferred toy car. In my mind, it was like owning precious jewels.

  • JJ Mckay

    426 Hemi’s back then ran 10’s in the 1/4 mile with little mods..

    Most ran 11’s with headers,carb jetting and slicks,and remember the slicks then were like a modern radial tire!! they didnt hook up that well!!

    440’s ran low 12’s with headers,intake manifold and carb jetting! I ran 12.80’s with a stock 68 Charger RT engine never rebuilt or out (car wasn’t that old) I put a duel plane intake manifold,750 holley and headers…I also had 3.23 gears(highway gears) and 235 70 series 14 inch tires!!!Sure I ran many mid 13’s to 15 flat with no traction in 1st gear at all…stock 440 Magnum/727 auto/3.23 gears!! Yes intake/carb/headers rest was stock,easy mods..With a 8 speed auotmatic and traction like new cars it would run high 11’s..I have a 69 Charger 530 hp mild low compression 1976 440/cam/heads/intake dyno’d just over 530 the car runs low 11’s with automatic and 3.23’s…

    A magazine back then ran a 440 Cuda that ran 14’s with skinny tires,they added a slick lol 10 inch wide and traction with those wanst great,they ran low 12’s all stock,no headers,no carb tricks bone stock!!

    Remember factory tires were 185 60 and 70 series 14 or 15 inch bias ply tires!!! People complain about 275’s well these had 185’s!!!!! No track prep like today so cars did spin down the track with no traction in 1st or even 2nd!! Remember these old cars made torque down low so instant tire spinning!

    You dont need a Hellcat engine,a 440 with a few mods is quicker or as quick!!

  • Cobrajet

    Why? The had the 426 Hemi.

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