In our third installment this week of June 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1971 Dodge Demon presented by nominee Paul Ruhf Jr. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for June’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
As soon as the 1971 Dodge Demon rolled off the showroom floor, it quickly became a smash hit. The two-door muscle car’s handsome styling and outstanding value won over many Mopar fans. Here are some of the reasons why the Demon was able to captivate drivers.
The 1971 Dodge Demon delivered a lot of performance for an affordable price. While penny pinchers were more than happy with the base Slant Six engine, the 340-cubic-inch V8 engine was clearly the big man on campus. A four-barrel carburetor helped the popular engine to kick out an exciting 275 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. Upon stomping on the accelerator, drivers immediately fell in love with the engine’s quick-revving character. When performance tested on the track, the Demon 340 hustled to 60 mph in around 7.8 seconds. Meanwhile, the quarter-mile flew by in 14.5 seconds. A special Rally Suspension Package enabled the Demon to handle much better than some of its rivals.
In terms of appearance, the 340 version was definitely the most aggressive-looking model in the Demon lineup. Its resemblance to the Plymouth Duster was obvious. However, the Demon’s eye-catching grille set it apart from its sibling. For the drivers who really wanted to make a bold statement, the dual hood scoops were a requirement. A blacked-out hood gave the Demon the look of a true high-performance street machine. A rear spoiler gave the car the finishing touches. Among the 18 available paint colors were Plum Crazy and Citron Yellow. On the inside, a 150-mph speedometer highlighted the cabin’s race-inspired theme. Vinyl bucket seats and a 6000-rpm tachometer were available as options.
The 1971 Dodge Demon was an Affordable Bargain
If you wanted to have fun without spending a ton of money, the 1971 Dodge Demon was a standout choice. In fact, it was the most affordable muscle car in Dodge’s stable. Styling enhancements such as the hood pins enabled buyers to customize their new Demon. Although it was not the fastest muscle car of all-time, very few rivals offered a more enjoyable driving experience. The Demon’s rather compact size and powerful engine made it a blast to drive on a daily basis.
Is the 1971 Dodge Demon a threat to your favorite muscle car of this time period? It definitely has the style and performance to compete with the best.
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