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1969 Dodge Charger needs some TLC


“The Charger was Dodge’s entry into the current ‘fastback’ craze,” of the late 1960s, the Standard Catalog of American Cars reports.

Flipping through the Catalog’s pages, we see the fastback rooflines of the 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, the 1967 AMC Marlin, the 1967 Ford Mustang, the 1968 Ford Fairlane Torino GT and Mercury Cyclone GT, but the Charger offered perhaps the longest reverse-wedge roofline of them all.

One of those cars, a 1967 Dodge Charger offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by its private owner in Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota, is the Pick of the Day.

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As the Standard Catalog notes, the Charger was based on Dodge’s Coronet chassis but with its own bodywork. It had a convex grille with “fine vertical bars” and hidden headlamps, and a single full-width taillight. Inside, the rear bucket seats each folded flat to create a huge floor for cargo, and the dashboard featured four round pods for instruments and a center console that stretched the full length of the cabin. Whether manual or automatic, the shifter was mounted in the console.

 “This is a very nice Charger, not perfect but could be with a little work,” according to the seller. “It has been in the family now for over 20 yrs always garaged barely driven sadly too many toys.”

The seller says the car was repainted in the 1980s. 

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Originally, the car had a 318cid V8 that the owner rebuilt with new pistons, valves, etc., only to overlook a crack in the water jacket between the 6th and 8th cylinders. The crack was discovered before the engine ran. 

Instead of that engine, the car has a different 318 taken from a 1989 Dodge D100 truck after being driven 105,000 miles. The second engine has a new timing chain, oil pump, Edelbrock Performance intake, Carter carburetor and other updates.  The original engine and its parts go with the car, the seller says.

Although the Standard Catalog says floor shifters mounted on a full-length center console was standard equipment, the seller says “this is an original column shift car,” but adds that an original center console and a B&M shifter have been installed. The transmission is an automatic.

The car also has new front floor pans and carpet kit. 

“This is an original A/C car but all the components were removed before we purchased it so I do not have the parts to reinstall,” the seller adds.

While the “back seats are perfect,” the front seats need new cushions and covers. The dash pad has a crack.

“Since this vehicle was stored for over 12 years, the headlight motors need to be cleaned to rotate when lights are turned on.  They do operate when 12 volts applied to motor.  These are highly sensitive when it comes to opening and dirt, oil combo.

“Unfortunately, the electro luminescent gauges do not glow,” the seller says. ”I have not figured that out.”

The seller is asking $13,250 for the car and extra engine, and a variety of spare parts.

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Title says 1969 Charger! Its a 67′ . These cars came standard in 67 with column shift! I have one. also the full length console was only for the 1966 Charger .In 1967 it was 2 pieces.

  2. Disappointed in the TITLE of the ARTICLE…..looking forward to read about a ’69 (my favorite), not the DOWDY ’67 ! …..kind of like promising a sex startlet but being served Phyllis Diller….

    • ‘S ok. Any ’60’s-’70’s Charger is a serious trip down memory lane for me. My second car was a ’69 in dark metallic brown with a black vinyl top and interior; bought said from a friend who had a bright red over black, 383/auto ’66. Both of us did the obligatory mods for the period (graduated in ’78): yellow fog lights behind the grill, reverse lights switched to be used anytime, Pioneer underdash cassette SuperTuner stereos w/Jensen 6×9’s in the rear deck, pushed by an AudioVox amp/EQ…
      Oh, to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear.

      • I am a proud owner of a 66 charger all matching numbers,with the original 361 engine,and the original certification card,and owners manual that came with the car and clock on the console she is my pride and joy,and I think anytime someone swaps out the original engine,the car looses its value,a true classic car has to be all original,and mine is😁😁

  3. Nice car love the old chargers mine was a 73 if I had the cash it would be in my garage for sure. Good luck on selling it.


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