Not only the DeAgostini version, but a custom Hot Wheels Brazilian Dodge Charger to match it!
Just after Chrysler bought Simca do Brasil, they ended the production of the frenchies and begin making the yankees. However, the Brazilian Dodge Charger is not a Dodge Charger like on the USA, but a sportier Dodge Dart, the model introduced in ‘69 to replace the Esplanada, the Regente and the GTX.
It was an instant success. So much that on the next year, 1970, Chrysler do Brasil introduced the Dart Coupé, without the B pillar, the sportier version called Charger, and the sportier sportier version, Charger R/T.
To differentiate the R/T from the “conventional” Chargers, it was available with a full lineup of vibrant colour combinations and the most powerful engine to ever be put on a Brazilian car, capable of pushing all of its weight until 190 km/h! All of them used the 318 V8 engine, the power varying due to changes on the carburettors and compression ratio.
The “non R/T” Charger, instead, was placed like some “luxury” version of the Dart. What a mess!
In 1972, Chrysler presented two additional versions of the
Dart Charger: The Charger SE, almost a R/T but with a very low trim quality, and the Charger Grã-Sedan (grã = grand, the “ã” being pronounced like the French “an”), the Dodge for gentlemen, with the best trim they could make.
But, bearing such huge engines, it “drank” gas like there was no tomorrow. With a light foot you could probably do 6 km per liter, a bit over 14 mpg on the highway! It was no surprise that, with the ‘74 oil crisis, suddenly nobody wanted a V8 Dodge anymore. To give an idea of how brutal the value loss was, in 1975 people asked 70-80% of what a 1969 VW Beetle costed for a Dart of the same year!
The model passed through a facelift, but it wasn’t enough to save it. Due to the low sales volume, it was discontinued in 1980, and only the rest of the line (1800, Le Baron, Magnum) kept being produced.
The custom: It was just a quick splash of paint here and there on the already good looking Brazilian Dodge Charger. Still, the result is pretty good on my opinion!
Why not to compare them with a gif?
Sorry for the short post, not so much time on the last weeks. But I was dying to share these photos!!