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Mopar celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the HEMI

Mopar will offer unique merchandise with a redesigned, commemorative logo

Mopar celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 426 Race HEMI this year, marking a milestone in Chrysler Group history. To celebrate the heritage of the 426 Race HEMI, Mopar has unveiled a new, commemorative logo that will be offered on merchandise as well as other Mopar goodies, available on Mopar.com and Hemi.com.

The 426 Race HEMI was produced from 1964 and spawned 1966’s Street Hemi until being discontinued in production vehicles in 1971. The Race HEMI debuted in February 1964 at the Daytona 500 in a Plymouth driven by Richard Petty. Petty’s engine, known as the “Track” version, utilized 426 cubic inches, produced 400 horsepower with a single four-barrel, and had a compression ratio of 12.5:1 but there also were drag versions with dual quads.

To celebrate the 426 HEMI and mark its 50th anniversary, Mopar encourages HEMI fans worldwide to purchase a Gen III HEMI (like those found on modern Chrysler Group products) on Mopar’s website, HEMI.com.

Mopar also encourages anyone who wants to actively embrace the HEMI heritage to compete in the “Tom Hoover Sportsman Challenge,” a drag race challenge designed specifically for the 50th anniversary of the HEMI. It kicked off with the beginning of the 2013 NHRA season and will continue this year. A winner is selected from the Sportsman Stock or Super Stock classes by amassing the most points at the wheel of a Chrysler Group vehicle. To learn more, check-out the NHRA site HERE.

Also in celebration, Mopar has designed a 50th anniversary logo for the HEMI. The design features an elephant, in reference to the engine’s size, strength and power, and also a HEMI-orange color that covered the engine in the mid-to-late ‘60s.

Regardless if you’re the current or soon-to-be proud owner of a first-, second- or third-gen HEMI engine, or just a fan of the brand, every muscle car lover should be excited to celebrate the iconic engine’s 50th anniversary this year. We recommend you stop by mopar.com to take a look at some of the nifty merchandise they’re offering.

The unique line honoring the Race HEMI will be launched throughout the month of January and will feature the HEMI 50th logo. Clothing, decorative lighting, clocks, a pub table, stools, and much more can be found by going to the shop tab and clicking “Get Mopar Gear.” We’ve heard rumor of other celebratory events and merchandise coming this year. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

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47 comments
David Carrillo
David Carrillo

Jajaja este motor tendra casi como 12 bujillas es bi turbo el motor este

Tim Hunter
Tim Hunter

MMMMM I thought the hemi came out in the 50s????????

James Wilson
James Wilson

Zack Price check this bad bitch out son. Mopar or no car!

Douglas Combs
Douglas Combs

oh what fun it would to ride in a 8000 horse open sleigh hey

Kaare Kronbach
Kaare Kronbach

1968 Dodge Charger! The most awesome Musclecar! :)

Leo Stewart
Leo Stewart

1971 Plymouth Duster 440 Six Pack 4 speed manual. Probably the best American Muscle Car ever built. Had so much torque that if you laid into it to hard it could twist the chassis. Had a nice front end not to snazzy and had the 4 slotted tails. Came stock with pleather interior and nice big easy to read guages. By far one of my favorite cars ever made, even till this day.

Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen

Dodge as if there was really any other choice, starting with there '66charger they put out the most intense factory street racers ever HANDS DOWN!!!!!!! Any other questions?

Tony da Silva
Tony da Silva

I've got an original Fury III with a 383 in her again all original

Steve Gray
Steve Gray

E bodies rock. Plymouth first Dodge 2nd I got both of those!

Dan Edwards
Dan Edwards

In '64 you could walk into any Dodge/Plymouth dealer and buy a crossram Hemi street car that was badder than any L-88 or LS-6. The later "street Hemi" was an excessively detuned version that could be had by those Chevys......... but not by much.

Justin Patch
Justin Patch

Dodge, ain't no other brother...love my little Dart

Keith Costa
Keith Costa

Im a chevy guy. But what's not to like with a hemi

Jiles Hart
Jiles Hart

it's a beast.better than a ford.but the femi ant got on Chevy

Thomas Richmond
Thomas Richmond

A bodies with high revving small locks are the way to go

Armando Montezuma
Armando Montezuma

1971 hemi cuda pistol grip 4 speed rule the streets in the 70s. Both chevy and ford always compared there engines to this beast.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry

The first dodge hemi engines were produced in 1951 they were known as "type 1 hemis". They had a type 2 and type 3. The type 4 came out in 1964. So technically, the hemi engine is sixty three years old.

Murray P Cakes
Murray P Cakes

wut? Chevy. of course. 100th anniversary, done. 50th anniversary of he small block, passed. Horsepower equaling the hemi, we got that.

Biose Theophilus
Biose Theophilus

here comes the beast from detroit!! HP=Happiness n pride bada$$$

Eric Chappell
Eric Chappell

I think the roadrunner/x are simple yet classy and the net/bee are chiseled lookin beasts

Eric Chappell
Eric Chappell

It's always a toss up but I like the 68-70 b bodies and enjoy plymouth the most

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