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1966 Dodge Charger

 

1966 Dodge Charger
The debut of the new 1966 Dodge Charger


The first Charger joined the Dodge line-up in 1966. Based on the midsize Coronet platform, the Charger included hidden headlamps, full length tail lamps and an interior that was state of the art with four bucket seats and optional front and rear consoles. Not to mention that the rear bucket seats folded down to create a cargo area. With options that packed plenty of power the new '66 Charger could be had with a 426 Hemi, although standard was the 318. Most buyers optioned for the upgraded 363 or 383, still packing plenty of power!

With instant sales success the new Charger sold 37,344 units the first year, with a base price of just over $3100.00 the Hemi option added just $1000.00 to this price and only 468 were optioned with the 426 Hemi. Engines Options and horsepower for the year included the 318 w/ 230hp, the 361 w/ 265hp, the 383 w/ 335hp and the 426 V8 Hemi with 425hp.

Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Charger
BX2P 29 2 Dr Hardtop $3,122 3,499 lbs 37,300

Notes:

  1. Additional Charger Information: The "HEMI" engine was installed into 468 hardtops.

Chassis Specifications

From 1966 to 1974, the Charger was based on the Chrysler B platform.

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Track Rear Track Tires
Charger 117 in 203 in 75.8 in 59.5 in 58.5 7.75 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the instrument panel, visible thru the windshield, and on the bottom line of a separate plate(fender tag) under the hood.

Dodge Fender Tag
First Symbol - Car Line
D - Dodge 122" W - Dodge 117/118"
L - Dart W - Charger/Coronet
J - Challenger X - Charger
Second Symbol - Price Class
E - Economy S - Special
L - Low X - Fast Top
M - Medium K - Police
H - High O - Superstock
P - Premium T - Taxi
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Type
21 - 2 Dr. Sedan 41 - 4 Dr. Sedan
23 - 2 Dr. Hardtop 43 - 4 Dr. Hardtop
27 - 2 Dr. Convertible 45 - Station Wagon 2-Seat
29 - 2 Dr. Sports Hardtop 46 - Station Wagon 3-Seat
Fifth Symbol - Engine
(B) 6-198 (N) 8-383
(C) 6-225 (N) 8-383
(E) 6-Special Order (R) 8-426 HEMI
(G) 8-318 (T) 8-440
(H) 8-340 (U) 8-440
(J) 8-340 (V) 8-440
(L) 8-383 (Z) 8-Special Order
Sixth Symbol - Model Year
6 - 1966 1 - 1971
7 - 1967 2 - 1972
8 - 1968 3 - 1973
9 - 1969 4 - 1974
0 - 1970 5 - 1975
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Lynch Road, Michigan (E) Los Angeles, California
(B) Hamtramck, Michigan (F) Newark, Deleware
(C) Jefferson, Michigan (G) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Belvedere, Illinois (R) Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

Options & Accessories

Description Description
361-cid 2 BC V-8 Day/Night Inside Rearview Mirror
383-cid 4 BC V-8 Tinted Windshield
426-cid 4 BC V-8 "HEMI" Tinted Windows & Windshield
TorqueFlite Transmission Retractable Seat Belts
4-Speed Manual Transmission Transistorized Radio
Power Brakes Trunk Compartment Light
Power Steering Emergency Flasher
Sure Grip Differential Parking Brake Warning Light
Heavy-Duty Suspension Package Electric Clock
Trailer Towing Package White Sidewall Tires
Air Conditioning Bumper Guards
Remote Control Outside Rearview Mirror  

Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - Right front of block, below cylinder head. Small-Block V-8 - Left front of block, below cylinder head. Big-Block V-8 - Left rear of block, near oil pan flange.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
A 6-170 101 155 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
B 6-225 145 215 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
C 6-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual Not Available
D 8-273 180 260 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
D 8-273 235 260 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
E 8-318 230 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
F 8-361 265 380 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
G 8-383 270 390 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
G 8-383 325 * 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
H 8-426 HEMI 425 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
J 8-440 350 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
J 8-440 * 365 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
K 8-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual Not Available

Available Transmissions

Transmission Location
TorqueFlite Stamped on the transmission oil pan rail.
3-Speed Manual Not Available
4-Speed Manual Not Available

Identification Number Transmission Type
2538333 TorqueFlite
2538334 TorqueFlite
2538335 TorqueFlite
2538336 TorqueFlite
2538337 TorqueFlite
2538338 TorqueFlite
2538339 TorqueFlite
2538340 TorqueFlite
2538363 TorqueFlite
2538380 TorqueFlite
2538385 TorqueFlite
2538386 TorqueFlite
2538389 TorqueFlite

 

Interior and Exterior Paint Chips

  • 1966 Dodge Exterior Paint Codes.

    The first letter or number identifies the roof or accent color. The second letter or number identifies the body color. (For example, the combination WC on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in White and the body is finished in Light Blue.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing or the left fender side shield.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A - Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4656L
Duco® Code - 4656
Dulux® Code - 181-97397

Q - Red
Lucite® Code - 4661LM
Duco® Code - 4661M
Dulux® Code - 181-97417M
B - Black
Lucite® Code - 88L
Duco® Code - 44
Dulux® Code - 93-005

R - Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4698L
Duco® Code - 4698
Dulux® Code - 93-97768

C - Light Blue
Lucite® Code - 4759L
Duco® Code - 4759
Dulux® Code - 93-97802

S - Cream
Lucite® Code - 4764L
Duco® Code - 4764
Dulux® Code - 93-97807

D - Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4758L
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-97801

W - White
Lucite® Code - 4559L
Duco® Code - 4559
Dulux® Code - 93-97054

E - Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4757LH
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-97800H

X - Beige
Lucite® Code - 4766L
Duco® Code - 4766
Dulux® Code - 93-97809

F - Light Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4762L
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-97805

Y - Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4765L
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-97808

G - Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4517LH
Duco® Code - 4517H
Dulux® Code - 181-96960
Z - Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4763L
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-97806
K - Medium Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4646L
Duco® Code - 4646
Dulux® Code - 181-97387
4 - Sandstone Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4653L
Duco® Code - 4653
Dulux® Code - 181-97394
L - Dark Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4508LH
Duco® Code - 4508H
Dulux® Code - 181-96951H

6 - Mauve Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4767L
Duco® Code - 4767
Dulux® Code - 181-97810
M - Turbine Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4761LH
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-98406H
7 - Maroon Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4768LM
Duco® Code - Not Available
Dulux® Code - 181-97811
P - Bright Red
Lucite® Code - 4770LH
Duco® Code - 4770H
Dulux® Code - 93-97813M
 

  • 1966 Dodge Interior Paint Codes

    1. Low Gloss Colors require 2 ounces of DuPont 4528S Flattening Compound to a pint of unreduced color.
    2. Low Gloss Colors Usage - B-C-D Pillars, Rear Shelf Defroster, Outlets, Miscellaneous Mouldings, Convertible Pocket Panels, Console, Bucket Seat Tracks.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
GLOSS COLORS (note 2)
White
See Code W Deep Turquoise Metallic See Code L
Saddle Bronze Metallic See Code Y Pale Blue Metallic See Code D
Dark Saddle Tan Metallic Dark Blue Metallic See Code E
Citron Gold Metallic
See Code Z Red See Code P
Dark Citron Gold Metallic Medium Red See Code Q
Pale Turquoise Metallic See Code K Cordovan
Dark Turquoise Metallic Black See Code B
LOW GLOSS COLORS (note 3)
White
Lucite® Code - 9130L
Not Available / See Note 1 Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9232LH
Not Available / See Note 1
Medium Citron Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9236LH
Not Available / See Note 1 Medium Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9238LM
Not Available / See Note 1
Dark Citron Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9235L
Not Available / See Note 1 Red
Lucite® Code - 9239LM
Not Available / See Note 1
Saddle Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9237LH
Not Available / See Note 1 Cordovan
Lucite® Code - 9241LM
Not Available / See Note 1
Dark Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9072LH
Not Available / See Note 1 Black
Lucite® Code - 88L
Not Available / See Note 1
Pale Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9233LH
Not Available / See Note 1  
FLAT COLORS
Dark Saddle Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9245LH
Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9242LH
Dark Citron Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9246LH
Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 4588LH
Medium Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4589L
Black
Lucite® Code - 4428L

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Three-Tone Black & Gray = 389-2076

 

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