Mopar is the original equipment parts and aftermarket accessories division of the Stellantis car brands distributed in North America. Mopar muscle cars are high-performance variants of Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler cars manufactured during the muscle car era (1964 to 197). However, today, Mopar takes on a completely different meaning. While Mopar is not an official car brand, it is used to designate vehicles manufactured by one of Chrysler Corporation's original brands, including Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Ram, Chrysler, and Imperial.
Of these legacy brands, the only ones that remain today are Dodge, Ram and Chrysler. The Mopar brand has also added Jeep to its modern family in recent years. The cars we now know as Mopars gained popularity in the 1960s, before the start of the muscle car war. Then, in the 1980s, a printed magazine was launched under the name of Mopar Muscle and it was known that all the cars that appeared on its pages were Mopar muscle cars.
CLASSIC MOPAR MUSCLE CARS ARE TAKING THEIR TOES Chrysler's tough engineers quickly adapted existing designs, however humble, in an effort to capitalize on the new “American muscle car boom” that began with the Pontiac GTO in 1964. MUSCULAR CLASSIC MOPARS AREN'T JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE The problem with classic Mopar muscle cars and Chrysler products in general in the late 1950s and early 1960s was that they weren't very attractive. CLASSIC MOPAR MUSCLE CARS ARE THE LAST TO ARRIVE AT THE PONY PARTY The only piece missing from the puzzle of Mopar's high-performance car line was the pony car. MOPAR MUSCLE CARS IN THE '70S Like everyone else, Mopar was hit hard by emissions, fuel consumption and safety regulations. The Dodge Charger isn't just one of the most famous Mopar cars of all time, it's one of the most recognizable muscle cars ever built.
Classic Industries has also become one of the leading suppliers of repair and performance parts for the Mopar brand, especially for the 1960-76 A, B and E body muscle cars. Throughout the 1960s, Dodge was in the lead with the Dodge Charger (above), the Super Bee (a redesigned Coronet) and the sister car of the Plymouth Roadrunner. Car enthusiasts have adopted the word Mopar to describe vehicles made by Chrysler and their related products. By the late 1970s, Chrysler was practically finished in terms of performance.
Then, they switched to front-wheel drive with the K-car platform, and that was the end of the Mopar Muscle Cars until much, much later. Although the name of a vehicle is only a small part of its appeal, there are a handful of classic cars that seem to have a perfect name to fit their design and intention. Some liked their elegant metal sheet and instantly recognizable rear spoilers, while others thought they were too ostentatious, but everyone was amazed at these cars with Mopar wings ready for racing.