By the mid-1960s, major American manufacturers had already produced V8 muscle cars on coupe and convertible platforms. 

Ford shocked the planet with the Mustang, a pony car that the company released as a 1964½ model. 

In addition, Pontiac had remarkable success in its GTO, and Chevrolet dominated Chevelle. 

So what did everyone's favorite mopar muscle car maker do? Dodge built a 1966 charger on the Coronet chassis.With four V8 engine options and a sporty, 

sloping fastback roofline, the car was an instant hit. In particular, the first-generation Dodge Charger offered a 5.2-liter V8, 

a 5.9-liter V8, a 6.3-liter V8, and a huge 7.0-liter hemi V8 that produces 425 horsepower.

According to Mopar Connection Magazine, Dodge followed Ford's initiative to use the profits of motorsport to drive sales.

Dodge Charger makes the history of NASCAR.