Watch the Dodge Charger Evolve 53 Years in Five Minutes

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From a stunning and brutal muscle car to today’s Hellcat, the Dodge Charger has undergone serious changes over the years.

Many famous muscle cars have long been relegated to the graveyard, but the Dodge Charger endures. But even a nameplate as legendary as the Charger can’t survive without evolving to meet the demands of an ever-changing market. Still, Dodge’s latest four-door performance machine has retained the basic DNA that made us love it so when it first debuted way back in 1966. And this incredibly cool video from Cars Evolution does a great job of covering everything in between.

Interestingly enough, the Charger actually made its first appearance as a concept in 1946. But following a cold public reception, Dodge scrapped the idea. Twenty years later, we were treated to a beast of a car that blended gorgeous styling with brutal muscle. Few cars came equipped with the coveted 426/425 hp Hemi. But they set the tone for what was to come over the next 50-plus years.

Dodge Charger

For 1968, the Charger featured a few styling tweaks that made it even better looking than before. And thanks in part to a star appearance in the 1968 film Bullitt, it became an overnight sensation. Just a year later, Dodge raised the profile of its iconic ride even further. Thanks, of course, to the Charger Daytona, a car built specifically to dominate NASCAR.

Dodge Charger

Like every other mighty muscle car of the ’60s, the Charger started out the ’70s with a bang. But then, rising fuel costs and emissions laws nearly killed it. It went from an underpowered, bloated car to a small, front-wheel drive machine. But then, miraculously, it rose from the ashes in 2006. Even with four doors, Dodge ensured that its iconic ride returned to prominence. Thanks, of course, to Hemi power. And today, we can buy the most powerful, quickest, and fastest Chargers ever built. Chock another one up for evolution.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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