1978 was a horrible year for the United States. Jimmy Carter was President, Disco was at it’s height, and cars were both ugly and performance dogs. One of the few bright spots was the 1978 Dodge Magnum, which was to have replaced the Charger. At the last minute Dodge executives got cold feet on the “Cord” style grill, renamed the car as the Magnum, and continued with the Charger for 78.
The Magnum was an immediate hit, the Charger was phased out, and the Magnum returned for 1979. The Gas Crisis in the Summer of 78 had automakers scramble to downsize, and the Magnum was replaced by a smaller Slant-6 Mirada for 1980.
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