The Death of the Dodge Magnum

Dodge Magnum on Padre Island, TX The Dodge Magnum is dead … long live the Magnum.

This isn’t the first time the Magnum badge has been retired by Chrysler Corporation. From my knowledge, it made it’s first appearance in the late ‘70s then again with the recent release of the 2005 model. The 2005 launch of the new Dodge Magnum was different indeed. The first was a two-door model and the 2005 model showed up as a station wagon.

Wow! That was not what we expected. What we did expect was a Hemi in any car with the Magnum name and Chrysler Corp didn’t disappoint. Before they were done, there were two Hemi engines available. If the 5.7L wasn’t enough for you you could ad the option of the 6.1L V8.

I felt a bit of sadness with the killing of the Dodge Magnum line from Chrysler. Of course, it’s not just the Magnum that is no more, but several other cars I thought were differentiators. Cars that were unique. Cars that were exciting. Chrysler has announced they will continue producing the Viper after turning down the only offer for the line last month.

Now, time permitting when I see a new Magnum, I stop and take pictures and visit with the driver. That has been one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. Since there aren’t billions of them on the road, it seems like a small club of car owners.

One of my goals is to get the photographs on their own page on the site for you viewing pleasure. Right now, many of the photos are on my Facebook page.

Do you own a Magnum from either era? I would love to hear from you about your ride and how you live The Magnum Life.

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