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Budget muscle 1969 Dodge Charger


Of all the American muscle cars ever produced, my favorites are the Dodge Chargers built between 1968 and 1970.

These cars seem to define what the muscle-car era was all about, featuring strongly aggressive styling combined with a plethora of various engines, ranging from the base-model 225 cid slant-6 to the fire-breathing 440 cid Six Pack and legendary 426 Hemi V8 cars.

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The Dodge looks like a clean, driver-quality car

The second-generation Charger has been a hot commodity for years, but you can still find a bargain or two out there if you are less picky about originality of color or engine type.

The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Dodge Charger that originally was green, then painted in the more-desirable Plum Crazy in 1993, according to the Concord, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

Amazingly, the Charger retains its original matching-numbers 383 cid four-barrel V8 with 4-speed manual transmission. The interior is in its original black color and all the gauges were recently rebuilt and work great, including the super-cool tick-tock-tach, the seller says.

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Dodge hit the spot with the Charger’s styling

The car also features a new dash pad and recently restored console, and the factory air conditioning is said to work as does the original AM radio. The car rides on original-type 15-inch steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps and Polyglas GT tires.

The engine runs well but would benefit from a tune up as the Dodge has been in storage for some time, the seller says.

In the ad, the seller seems forthcoming in noting that there are some bubbles in the paint along the rockers and lower rear quarters. The current owner bought the car in 1995, the dealer adds, and the bubbles were there then and have not gotten any worse.

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The Charger’s interior seems to be in nice condition

The Charger is an original 3-owner California car, according to the ad, which includes a complete breakdown of the options trim tag, letting any prospective buyer know what options this car had when delivered by Dodge.

The level of detail in this ad could be a lesson in how to write a great listing for ClassicCars.com. No details that a buyer would want to know are left out, and the pictures are high quality.

Second generation Chargers seem to be a good investment in the classic car hobby and an absolute blast to drive. This one has an asking price of only $37,950, which is still a good deal despite the color change.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. C’mon guys my 72 charger looks better than the 68. I am 68 yrs. old and owned or drove em all back in the day. It’s a 340 magnum, edelbrok top end, crane cam, stock headers, fat tires, 727 trans, 8/34 rear and fat tires. At 130mph the other day here in Fla. I backed out of it with. Lot more to give. I’m a paralyzed Nam vet and use hand controls with chair I put in back seat (no help) .. Be fair to at least 1972 Bros.. Johnny Beach.


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