1974 Dodge Challenger
1974 Challenger Hardtop
1974 was the fifth and final year of the first generation Challengers which began production in 1970.
The base 318 cubic inch engine remained the same and was rated at 150 horsepower and 265 ft-lbs of torque. The 340 was now gone and was replaced with the optional 360 cubic inch engine which was rated at 245 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque. It was only 5 horsepower more than the 340 it replaced, but it had 25 ft-lbs more torque.
There were no significant changes to the 1974 Challenger other than the availability of the new 360 engine. Inside, the seatbelts now had an inertia reel take-up and an ignition safety switch would not let the car be started unless the seatbelt was fastened.
No High Impact Paint colors were offered this year.
Total production of 1974 Challengers: 11,354 or 16,437 depending on the source.
1974 Challenger Key Differences
1974 Dodge Challengers had the protruding bumpers along with the larger bumper guards with rubber pads. Since ‘73 Challengers also had the same bumpers and bumper guards, they're difficult to tell apart. Also, many owners have removed the large bumper guards, and have also moved the bumpers in closer to the car.
A Dodge Challenger with the extended bumpers and the 318 engine is hard to identify as a 1973 or 1974. If the car has a 340 engine it's a ‘73, and if it has a 360 it should be a ‘74. Some sources say the 360 engine was also used in late 1973.
Dodge Challengers from the first generation (1970 - 1974) all shared the same body. Minor year to year changes included the grill, bumper, and tail lights. Most years can be identified by those changes, however the 1973 and 1974 Challengers have nothing to distinguish them externally other than the optional 360 engine which was only used in 1974.
How to Identify a 1974 Dodge Challenger
1974 Challenger Grill
1974 Challenger Grill Badge
1974 Challenger Front Bumper
1974 Challenger Front Bumper Guard
1974 Challenger Rear Bumper
1974 Challenger Rear Bumper Guard
1974 Challenger Bumper Slots
1974 Challenger Side Vents
1974 Challenger Front Side Marker Light
1974 Challenger Rear Side Marker Light
1974 Challenger Badge
1974 Challenger Tail Lights
1974 Challenger Gas Cap
1974 Challenger Hood
1974 Challenger 360 Four Barrel Badge
1974 Challenger Rear Panel
1974 Challenger Vinyl Roof
1974 Challenger Door Mirror
1974 Challenger Door Handle
1974 Challenger Wheel
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