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The Guide in cover
Dodge SHARE Antoine Joubert
It was in 1969. As part of his show Take the wheel, Jacques Duval was testing one of the most successful American cars of the time on the Mont-Tremblant circuit. It was a Dodge Charger Daytona, now worth a real fortune among collectors, and which Mr. Duval had then taken to the extreme by squealing the tires throughout his column. Ironically, taking care to mention in passing that the handling was remarkable, especially because of the excellent quality tires! I still laugh at her…
This show, an excerpt of which can be found on YouTube, is probably one of the best known to car enthusiasts. Is it because the model was so impressive, or because the host dazzled us? The answer is undoubtedly an amalgamation of the two hypotheses. Anyway, the idea of putting a Charger on the cover of the Guide de l'auto, 55 years after Mr. Duval's prowess, is a superb reminder for the history of the book. .
Obviously , the Charger on the cover of Guide 2024 has nothing to do with the 1969 model, although the stylists were inspired by it. In fact, it doesn't even have anything to do with a 2023 Charger. Another reason the team unanimously voted for this much-talked-about cover choice. Also because the year 2024 draws a line for the enthusiast of muscle cars. It is the end of an era for the Stellantis group (Chrysler), which will eliminate by the end of the year, the legendary Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Chrysler 300 sedan. that we are still tearing up on the market and whose special editions (latest productions) are currently experiencing outbidding with completely crazy prices.
By presenting last year the concept of a car that could eventually take over from the current model, Dodge was going to offer us an exceptional gift to put on the cover of the Car Guide. A Dodge Charger Daytona SRT, this time 100% electric, and illustrating what the next-generation model could look like. Our team went to the company's studios in Ann Arbor, Michigan to capture this single image, surrounded by a Montreal background.
The back cover also features a Charger. The one that inspired the 2024 concept and that had been tested by Mr. Duval. Marketed in this form from 1968 to 1970, the Charger also made itself known to the general public through the film Bullitt (the black car of the criminals) as well as in the popular series The Dukes of Hazard. Constituting today one of the most legendary models in the history of Dodge, the Charger is ironically recognized as being the patrol car par excellence. Indeed, in the modern era, it has been transformed into a four-door sedan which, since then, has been the darling of the various North American police forces. This is the only car still intended for this task. Because, after 2023, patrol vehicles will be SUVs or pickup trucks.
Let's finish by mentioning that the result of this cover of the Car Guide is also explained by the fact that it is a car. Over the past four years, trucks have featured on the cover of the book, with the Rivian R1T, Ford Bronco, GMC Hummer EV and VW ID.Buzz. The team therefore wanted to return to the tradition of a car symbolizing performance, a mandate that the Charger Daytona SRT Concept fulfills wonderfully.