Sorry Ford fan, but the E49 Charger was the fastest Australian production car up until HSV got hold of the Gen3 a few years ago, and was only robbed of Bathurst success by bad tires and plain dodgy luck (rollovers when three laps from winning etc). If they had ever squeezed the legendary 340 V8 into a Bathurst pack I think Chrysler would still be a major force today.
Don't forget that the charger dominated the 24 hour races for seven years.
It is worth looking into the New Zealand racing scene of the 70's to see the real potential of these cars. They had a better network of dealers who were prepared to really develop the Charger into the lethal race car it should have been here. Just ask Ford GT legend Allan Moffatt, he took his phase 3 to Kiwi land to show up Leo Leonard in his E49 but couldn't catch him for quids. And I quote Moffatt from Street Machine Magazine "I just couldn't have driven any faster." And don't argue that Kiwi circuits aren't suited to GT's because they were ideal for that tank.
If you want to see how good a Hemi 6 can be, just go to hemi performance's web site (no I don't work for them)
It is true that the 351 GT was an absolute weapon (actually the E49 and Ph3 GT pulled the same 1/4 mile times - about 14.4 I think), but the charger was a full second quicker to 100kph (6.1 seconds),could out brake the GT in show room specs and was just as reliable, it also put out 300bhp and ate anything with a lion badge on it for breakfast. It took Holden thirty years plus the Gen3 V8 to reach these acceleration figures--how sad is that--even the HSV GTS-R (which is an ugly piece of junk) couldn't catch it.
Mopar or no car.
Unless your Charger is modified, the Ford Falcon XY 351 GTHO will always be a faster car. Period. As far as production cars go, the 351 GTHO was the fastest Australian car, and the fastest production 4-door car IN THE WORLD, except for the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 litre.
I have raced several stock (?) 351 powered Falcons in my UNMODIFIED STANDARD TWO BARREL 265 Charger, and have beaten them easily. The Phase III GTHO was the world's fastest FOUR DOOR SEDAN at the time. The E49 Charger however was the world's most powerful production six cylinder at the time, and I suspect still holds the record for the worlds most powerful production naturally aspirated six cylinder, though I may be mistaken as BMW or Porsche have some good high tech units. The Charger was up until recently Australia's fastest accelerating production car, and may in fact stiil be so as the road tests at the time used horrible skinny little tyres. There are many reports of E49s with modern tyres doing 13.8ish second quarter mile times. This always makes the Ford/Holden yobbos go into aggressive fits of rage and denial. Quite funny really.
The charger is the fastest all Australian production car by miles; it was only when Holden got there hands on imported Chev V8's that they where able to get a standing 400m time any where near that of the chargers.
This is funny, see every one is saying that the phase3 GTHO pulled 15.2 seconds to 100mph and around the same in the 1/4 mile. But what's so funny is that it was the phase2 and the normal phase3 GT not GTHO that could only pull 15.2 seconds.
When the truth is said the phase3 GTHO pulled 6.3 seconds from 0-62mph and 14.4 seconds in the standing 1/4 mile, which is exactly the same quick as the RT/E49 Charger.
And the people who say the E49 pulled 14.1 in the 1/4, I think you well find out it did 14.1 seconds from 0-100mph and 14.4 in the actual 1/4 mile.
So when all is gone and said these 2 excellent cars have the same acceleration times, but different top end speed with the falcon winning that one.
Sorry I was wrong there, the Phase3 GTHO actually pulled 145mph "232kph" at redline and 155mph "248kph" when pushed to 7000rpm.
About the Aussie super cars of the late 1960's and early 1970's. I was fortunate enough to grow up through this era and have owned examples of many of these wonderful machines. I bought an E49 Charger from Sam Cali Motors in Brisbane in 1972, an XY phase 3 HO from Coachcraft Ford in 1971 and a GTS 350 Monaro from big John Zupp in 1969. I was also fortunate enough to work for the General at the Brisbane Acacia Ridge plant and worked on many high performance Monaros. As for which one was the fastest and handled the best. Take it from one who did it all, and saw it all happen. The E49 Charger could blow the doors off anything that was cheeky enough to take it on both on the track and street. The only reason the E49 did not win Bathurst was due too bad luck of breakdowns and blown tyres. These wonderful machines were killed off by the vote catching missions of politicians. Lets hope they keep their grubby hands off the latest efforts from GMH and Ford. As for what might have been-Ford managed to produce two examples of the Phase 4 HO in the XA GT which some really fortunate souls have now. And what was dubbed the E55 4 barrel Charger was originally destined to be the 340 6 Pack-stuff that dreams are made of. And who knows what would have happened in the future. Maybe the mighty 426 Hemi may have found a home under the hood of an Aussie Charger.
Firstly, the Charger was a 2 door, the GTHO was a 4 door, this means they are in two totally different classes. The Phase III GTHO was in fact the fastest 4 Door Production car in 1971, the E38's and 49's may have been faster (maybe not too), but they are in different classes. As for the Phase IV, four of the XA's were actually started to be modified for racing, before a combination of reasons halted the process. Of these four cars, only one was completed, due to be sent to Allan Moffat, but instead sold later to a private owner. The other 3 Phase IV's were sold off and finished being built, but unfortunately out of the 4 Phase IV's started, only 3 exist today, the fourth has disappeared off the planet. The Phase IV GTHO's main reason for being halted was because of public outrage, saying that they didn't want such powerful cars on the road. If not for this, I am sure that the legendary Phase IV would have eased all of your minds, if the project wasn't so unfortunately halted it would definately have been the fastest car of the time in Australia and possibly the world, blowing all the Mopars off the road.
Too many of these comments are talking about racing and holden V8's and stuff. I am certainly a Ford lover, but I do like the E49's and most Chrysler cars. The GTHO and the E49 had the same quarter mile time (14.4sec) so people saying that they Easily beat the GTHO in their Charger is a lie because if they did I can assure you it had little to do with the car, more like the driver. Both of these cars are classic muscle cars, but no matter how good or how fast a charger was the Ford will always be hailed as the greatest Aussie muscle car, and in my opinion it is.
A comment was made about how GTHO's use too much juice. How can someone make that comment when talking about a MUSCLE CAR.
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