Chrysler’s B-body intermediates started life as the be-all, d0-all platform for the company. About the only thing that wasn’t put on the 1962-1979 chassis was a truck-based vehicle. Wagons, sedans, coupes, and hardtops of all types would be produced with more-or-less the same underpinnings, from basic Satellite sedans to the almost unrealistic Wing Cars, to one of the most respected and feared police cruisers to ever be put out onto patrol. Most of the light shines on anything made before 1974 to most people, but as you know I’m a fan of the oddball Malaise years, especially the coupes. There were three flavors of coupe sold in those years: the “Cordoba” body that my 1976 Charger shares, the “Coronet” body that underpins the Charger Sport, Fury Sport, 1975-0nly Road Runner, and Monaco, and this beauty, the Magnum.
The Magnum really exists for one reason: Chrysler knew that the biggest star power in their corner was Richard Petty, and Richard Petty had a problem. The 1975 Charger’s flat, blocky nose did it no favors in NASCAR, and Petty’s extension to use his 1974-bodied Charger was just about up. The Magnum was a stop-gap, with it’s smoothed over headlights and slightly raked nose. The huge Cord-inspired grille should’ve helped with cooling, too. On the street, the Magnum fixed the biggest wrong with the Charger (you know, not making it look exactly like the Cordoba) but on the tracks, The King wasn’t so impressed.
But this 1978 T-top Magnum isn’t for the circle tracks. This is something else…something wicked for the street, something with attitude, something that seems perfect for some Rocky Mountain Race Week action. Who gives a damn if it isn’t top of the class? Run the number at the track, then put the street tires on, pop the tops off and go hit the open road. The only thing stopping you is the lack of a GearVendors unit for the built TorqueFlite. Seems like a worthy upgrade, right?
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