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1971 Dodge Charger
1971 Dodge Charger

1971 Dodge Charger

The 1971 Charger was completely restyled thus making it more distinguishable from the coronet. They had a new 115 in. wheelbase, was available as a coupe or a hardtop and you had three different series to choose from. They had full width bumpers, a grille split in the center by a large vertical divider, small trunk spoiler, and six square taillights. You could get a standard Charger, a Charger 500, and a Charger R/T. New was the Charger Super Bee which was a low cost high-performance package. It had all of the standard Charger features plus heavy-duty brakes, heavy-duty shock absorbers, Rallye suspensions, Rallye instrumentation, 3-Speed manual transmission, and a 383-cid V-8 engine.

Dodge Charger SE - SE stands for Special Edition and it's the top-line Charger. All Chargers keep the familiar wedge shape but SEs, 500s and -RTs have tilted taillights. The Dodge Charger features a common 115-in. wheelbase and have a sleeker, rounder look due to more side-glass curvature. Interesting features on some of the Chrysler cars are a built-in cassette tape player, recorder (with mic) and a headlamp washer.


1971 Dodge Charger Factory Specifications & Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Charger - Six-Cyl
WL 21 2 Dr Coupe $2,707 3,215 lbs Note 1
WH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,975 3,325 lbs Note 1
Charger - V-8
WL 21 2 Dr Coupe $2,802 3,240 lbs Note 1
WH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,070 3,350 lbs Note 1
Charger 500
WP 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,223 3,350 lbs 11,948
WP 23 2 Dr Super Bee Hardtop $3,271 3,640 lbs 5,054
WP 29 2 Dr SE Hardtop $3,422 3,375 lbs 15,811
Charger R/T
WS 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,777 3,685 lbs 3,118

Notes:

  1. The combined production of Models WL21 and WH23 was 46,183.
  2. Additional Charger Super Bee & R/T Information: The "HEMI" engine was installed into 22 hardtop Super Bees and 63 hardtop R/Ts. The "440 Six-Pak" was installed into 99 hardtop Super Bees and 178 hardtop R/Ts.

Chassis Specifications

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

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Charger 6-Cyl/V-8 115 in 205.4 in 79.1 in 60.1 in 62 in E78 x 14
Charger R/T & Super Bee 115 in 205.4 in 79.1 in 60.1 in 62 in F70 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
Performance Axle Package 4-Speed Manual Transmission
High Performance Axle Package TorqueFlite Transmission
Track Pak Air Conditioning
Super Track Pak Cassette Tape Player & Recorder
440-cid "Six Pack" Automatic Speed Control
426-cid "HEMI" Tilt Steering Wheel
Body Color Bumpers Sun Roof
Power Disc Brakes Headlight Washers
"TUFF" Steering Wheel 6-Way Bucket Seats
Front & Rear Spoiler Concealed Headlights
Rear Spoiler Rear Window Defogger
Ram Charger Hood Variable Speed Windshield Wipers
Chrome Exhaust Tips Headlight Delay
Rallye Wheels AM/FM Stereo Radio
Road Wheels Upper Level Fresh-Air Ventilation
Wire Wheel Covers Fender Mounted Turn Signals
Raised White Letter Tires Music Master Radio
Power Steering Hood Hold Down Pins
Power Windows Urethane Painted Bumper Package

 

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
B 6-198 125 180 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
C 6-225 145 215 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
E 6-Special Order Not Available Not Available TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual Not Available
G 8-318 230 320 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
H 8-340 275 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
J 8-340 290 345 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
K 8-360 255 360 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
L 8-383 290 390 TorqueFlite 2 BC
N 8-383 330 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
N 8-383 * 335 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
R 8-426 HEMI 425 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
T 8-440 350 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
U 8-440 * 375 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
V 8-440 390 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
Z 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
3535804 TorqueFlite
3515806 TorqueFlite
3515841 TorqueFlite
3515842 TorqueFlite
3515843 TorqueFlite
3515844 TorqueFlite
3515845 TorqueFlite
3515846 TorqueFlite
3515847 TorqueFlite
3515848 TorqueFlite
3515849 TorqueFlite
3515850 TorqueFlite
3515851 TorqueFlite
3515852 TorqueFlite

 

Axle Decoding

Location Of Axle Codes: A metal tag is bolted to the assembly, giving the axle ratio or tooth count (if tooth count - divide the larger number by the smaller number, this is the ratio.) Locking axles have a metal tag with the letter "S" on it.


Note: Since tags can easily be missing, the approximate ratio can be determined by marking both the a wheel and the driveshaft; turn the wheel one complete turn and the number of times the driveshaft rotates is the ratio. Locking axles can be identified by raising the complete axle assembly and turning one wheel; if the other wheel turns the the same direction it is a locking axle and if it turns the opposite direction it is a non-locking axle.

Charger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-225 8-318 8-340 8-383 8-426 8-440
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.45               x        
2.71       x                
2.76       x     x x        
2.93   x                    
2.94 x x x x     x x        
3.21       x                
3.23 x x x x x x x x x x x x
3.54                 x   x  
3.55   x   x x x x x x   x  
3.91         x   x          
4.10             x   x   x  

Interior and Exterior Paint Chips

  • 1971 Dodge Exterior Paint Codes.

    The first Paint Code identifies the roof or accent color. The second Paint Code identifies the body color. (For example, the combination X9-B2 on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in Black and the body is finished in Light Blue Metallic.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing, the fender side shield, or the radiator yoke.

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

A4 - Light Gunmetal Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5245L
"Centari" Code - 5245A
Dulux® Code - 5245D

K6 - Dark Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5257LM
"Centari" Code - 5257AW
Dulux® Code - 5257DH

A8 - Dark Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5246L
"Centari" Code - 5246A
Dulux® Code - 5246D

L5 - Butterscotch
Lucite® Code - 5267L
"Centari" Code - 5267A
Dulux® Code - 5267D
B2 - Light Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5247L
"Centari" Code - 5247A
Dulux® Code - 5247D
Q5 - Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5268LH
"Centari" Code - 5268A
Dulux® Code - 5268D

B5 - Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5251L
"Centari" Code - 5251A
Dulux® Code - 5251D

T2 - Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5259L
"Centari" Code - 5259A
Dulux® Code - 5259D

B7 - Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5249L
"Centari" Code - 5249A
Dulux® Code - 5249D

T8 - Dark Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5260LH
"Centari" Code - 5260A
Dulux® Code - 5260D

C7 - Plum Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5182LM
"Centari" Code - 5182AW
Dulux® Code - 5182DH

V2 - Hemi Orange
Lucite® Code - 5067LH
"Centari" Code - 5067A
Dulux® Code - 5067DH

C8 - Indigo Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5265LH
"Centari" Code - 5265AM
Dulux® Code - 5265DH

W1 - White
Lucite® Code - 4996L
"Centari" Code - 4996A
Dulux® Code - 4996D

E5 - Bright Red
Lucite® Code - 5092LM
"Centari" Code - 5092AW
Dulux® Code - 5092DM

W3 - Brite White
Lucite® Code - 5265L
"Centari" Code - 5265A
Dulux® Code - 5265D
E7 - Burgundy Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5253LM
"Centari" Code - 5253AW
Dulux® Code - 5253DH
X9 - Black
Lucite® Code - 99L
"Centari" Code - 99A 
Dulux® Code - 93-005
F3 - Medium Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5254L
"Centari" Code - 5254A
Dulux® Code - 5254D
Y3 - Citron Yella
Lucite® Code - 5308LH
"Centari" Code - 5308AH
Dulux® Code - 5308DH
F7 - Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5255L
"Centari" Code - 5255A
Dulux® Code - 5255D
Y4 - Gold
Lucite® Code - 5263L
"Centari" Code - 5263A
Dulux® Code - 5263D
J4 - Moss Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5307LM
"Centari" Code - 5307AW
Dulux® Code - 5307DH
Y8 - Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5309LH
"Centari" Code - 5309AM
Dulux® Code - 5309DH
J6 - Green Go
Lucite® Code - 5127L
"Centari" Code - 5127A
Dulux® Code - 5127D
Y9 - Dark Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5266LH
"Centari" Code - 5266AM
Dulux® Code - 5266DM

  • 1971 Dodge Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
White
Lucite® Code - 9845L
Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9836LH
Light Gold
Lucite® Code - 9847L
Light Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9832L
Light Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9837L
Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9834L
Medium Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9846LH
Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9833L
Medium Dark Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9839L
Medium Blue Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9843L
Medium Russet
Lucite® Code - 9840L
Black
Lucite® Code - 9844

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Three-Tone Black & Gray = 389-2076

 


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