Big news at Dodge in 1971. The B-Body Cornet and Charger were all-new. The Charger and it’s sister car the Cornet were completely restyled with a new split grille and more rounded “fuselage” bodystyle.
1971 Dodge Charger
The Charger interior was revised and looked like those of the E-body, Dodge Challenger. Hidden headlights were now optional as were a rear spoiler and a “Ramcharger” hood. A special hood scoop was mounted directly above the air cleaner, known as the “Air Grabber”. The driver could flip a switch under the dash and the scoop popped up. This device had been used on the Coronet R/T and Super Bees,but it had never before appeared on the Charger.
With the new body for the B-Body, Dodge consolidated its Coronet and Charger lines. All four-door B-bodies were Coronets and the two-door B-bodies as Chargers. As a result the Super Bee became part of the Charger stable. Other models were carried over from 1970, including the 500, the R/T and SE. Rising insurance rates, combined with higher gasoline prices, reduced sales of muscle cars and and the big engines. Thus 1971 was the last year of the 426 Hemi “Elephant engine” in any car and also the end of the high-performance 440 Six-Pack engine. However, a few factory installed six-pack Chargers were built early in the production run.