You don’t stay around for a century without leaving an impressive trail in the history books. Dodge certainly has and we’ve spent the past year savoring its legacy as an American car company—doing everything from driving classic models at the Dodge Estate in Detroit to whipping the new 707-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat around a West Virginia racetrack. So as 2014 ends and 2015 begins, we’re paying tribute to the carmaker’s 100th anniversary with a look at our favorite models. Enjoy.
1939 Dodge Hayes Body Coupe: As one of the early Dodges, the 1939 Hayes Body paved the way for many of the cool cars that have come to define the brand over the past century. The coupe’s bold design also helped Dodge establish its own lane as a carmaker.
1968 Dodge Charger: Choosing our favorite classic Charger is like picking the hottest supermodel among Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio. But on looks alone, the 1968 Charger 426 Hemi cracks our top ten list.
1969 Dodge Daytona: Among all the classic Dodges of the sixties and seventies, the 1969 Daytona might be the most iconic tribute to the brand’s racing heritage. And it still ranks as one of the most coveted American muscle cars thanks in part to its starring role in flicks like Fast and Furious.
1983 Dodge Shelby Charger: Boasting the power that comes with anything bearing the iconic Shelby name, this ride deserves credit for helping save Dodge’s legacy as a performance brand. It’s one of the few that shares its nameplate with another brand.
1992 Dodge Viper Coupe: The Viper still ranks as one of the brand’s most coveted automobiles. Since its launch in 1992, this sports car has undergone a number of refinements but has retained the raw performance drivers crave.
2000 Dodge Durango: Launched in 1997, the Dodge Durango gave the brand a presence in a key segment. But it was the higher performance R/T model a few years later that cemented the SUV as one of the most popular of its time.
2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4: Not only was the Neon SRT-4 significant for Dodge when it appeared in 2003, but the car also set a new benchmark in the world of performance. As a compact, it earned the brand street cred in a whole new segment.
2005 Dodge Charger: This Charger set the stage for a completely new Dodge era with the return of the HEMI engine. Even as a more practical spin on the original Charger, the car reignited the passion of earlier models.
2009 Dodge Ram 1500: While no longer officially under the Dodge nameplate, Ram will forever be associated with the brand. And the launch of this fourth-generation model recruited a whole new fan base for the truck.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: The first of the all-new pair of Hellcat models recently unleashed, the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT is arguably the most monumental Dodge in decades. And no wonder: It’s the most powerful production muscle car ever built.
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