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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1979 Dodge Magnum Seeing production only for 1978-79 years, the Dodge Magnum was designed to retain driver Richard Petty for Chrysler in the NASCAR series. With its sloping clear covered headlights and grille, an homage to the 1936-37 Cord, it was better than the current Cordoba, which proved to be lackluster in its aerodynamics. Sadly, Richard Petty jumped ship and drove the Monte Carlo, but interestingly his son Kyle, won his first race driving a Magnum. This Magnum, for consignment, is taking on the look of the earlier Mopars like the Challenger, Charger, and Super Bee, was marketed to people who had grown up with the latter and raced them on the streets but now had families and wanted the look of their former cars, without the brute force. A 3-owner car which has meticulous records due to a Chrysler service tech owning the car originally, then continuing the service with the second owner. Exterior Sunfire Sable Metallic covers this car and appears in fair condition. All brightwork is correct, as well as clear plastic covers on the sloping headlights and grille. Passenger headlight shows some moisture invasion. Standard Magnum XE wheels (Mopar Rallye style), and a Light Camel Landau top is present. Lines and gaps are standard for this era car, and dents and dings are very minimal. Interior A plush buttoned tufted leather covers the 2 buckets in front and bench in the rear. Belting is seen as an accent to the seating. A flip down armrest on the center console is between the buckets and ends at the front of the buckets. Power drivers seat, and mechanical toggles for side mirrors are seen on the drivers door and dash. In typical late 80s styling a squared off dash houses round analog instrumentation. An original steering wheel fronts the dash. No cracking or faults are present on the upper dash which is padded vinyl. The headliner is cloth and in good condition. Drivetrain A 318 ci V8 Lean Burn mill is seen when flipping long hood. This is connected to an A904 Torqueflite transmission. Technology was advanced for the time with an onboard spark control computer from inception, electronic ignition, and a lockup torque converter are on this car. The Magnum was well-featured with power steering, brakes and seats, and the suspension includes Chryslers standard adjustable, longitudinal torsion bars, lower trailing links, and front and rear anti-sway bars. Undercarriage A little bit of surface rust, but mostly black undercoating making the underside rust free. Solid floor pans and rockers are noted in this mostly barren and solid underside. Power disc brakes are on front and power drums are reserved for the rear. Drive-Ability A quick starter, and good runner, its a somewhat of a muscle car for the family man. In production for a mere 2 years, its a little rare and this version comes up in very nice condition. It runs well and stops quickly. All functions were working save for the A/C not blowing cold. A nice survivor, well maintained by the original mechanic owner throughout its life, with recorded services. Consigner stated 75,854 miles, your opportunity to own a unique piece of Chrysler history only produced 2 years. VIN DECODE XS22G9R236442 X-Magnum XE S-Special Price Class 22-2 Door Hardtop G-318ci V8 2bbl 135hp 9-1979 R-Windsor, Ontario Assy Plant 236422-Sequential Unit Number
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