Muscle Car Match-Ups winner, that is.
And for the OnAllCylinders 10th Anniversary Tournament of Champions, that “one” is the…
1969 Dodge Charger R/T
Through weeks of heated debate, the humble Dodge bested round after round of worthy opponents. Here’s a recap of its road to the championship:
The campaign kicked off in Round One, where the Charger was pitted against Don Yenko’s Nova and its fire-breathing 427 big block. The voting was tight on Facebook, but the Mopar-or-Nocar crowd tipped the scales in Dodge’s favor on Instagram.
It didn’t get any easier in Round Two though, because the tournament seeding put the Charger right in the gaping grille of a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427. In the end, many folks voted Charger simply because they felt the Cobra wasn’t technically a “muscle car.” But hey, a win’s a win.
The Charger’s championship run culminated in an epic Final Round face-off between a pair of Chrysler B-Bodies—kind of like when Billy and Jimmy have to fight each other at the end of Double Dragon, only with, you know, cars.
In a family reunion of sorts, the Charger went wheel-to-wheel with its Plymouth stablemate, the Superbird. And the voting was the closest it had been throughout the entire tournament, coming down to a mere handful of ballots. Once the (tire) smoke dissipated however, it was clear the Dodge was our champ.
So there you have it, the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T is our Muscle Car Match-Ups Tournament of Champions winner!
Thanks to everyone who voted—we hope you had fun, and we certainly enjoyed seeing the debates unfold each round.