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Pick of the Day: A one-off 1973 Dodge Charger

Vehicle’s first owner specified an unusual combination of features


The headline proclaimed the Pick of the Day to be a 1973 Dodge Charger, but with its unusual stretched hourglass side stripe, it didn’t look like any ’73 Charger I’d ever seen.

Turns out that’s because, according to the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com, this is a 1 of 1 vehicle.

“You are looking at a truly unique 1973 Dodge Charger,” reports the private seller in Okeana, Ohio. “This was a customer ordered car, which means it was made with the options/combinations the customer wanted.

1973 Dodge Charger, Pick of the Day: A one-off 1973 Dodge Charger, ClassicCars.com Journal

“One of the things that makes this car unique is the Ralleye Package in combination with SE trim in TX9 Black.  This combination could be a 1 of 1.  With the 4-Speed manual it is certainly a low number car.  The Vin as assigned (WH23P3) indicates it is 1 of 396 4-speed cars made in 1973.  Considering it has an SE appearance (WP29P3 SE Vin) it could be 1 of 271 4-speed cars made in SE configuration.

“This car is a survivor and as I know it, I am the 3rd owner.   It is mostly original.  The second owner had the car re-painted in the early 2000s and at that time, no one was reproducing the rally stripes, so he had a pair custom made as close to the original as possible.  This car looks good for 20 some years old paint.  

1973 Dodge Charger, Pick of the Day: A one-off 1973 Dodge Charger, ClassicCars.com Journal

“I have the broadcast sheet for this car and have meticulously decoded it and the fender tag.  I have included the details below (they are in the advertisement if you want to go through the lists in detail).”

The seller says the car rolled off the assembly line at the Lynch Road plant in Michigan at 6:45 a.m. on May 1, 1973, equipped with a 400cid high-performance engine. 

“I was told the original owner wanted a 440 manual with A/C and he could not order that combination, but he could get the 400 with that combination,” the seller notes. “As a condition of the sale, the selling dealer installed the 440 six-pack before the original owner took delivery.  I have no way of verifying this, but everything else on the car has checked out according to the broadcast sheet and fender tag.  

1973 Dodge Charger, Pick of the Day: A one-off 1973 Dodge Charger, ClassicCars.com Journal

“The 440 block has a 1968 date code, so based on that date, the 440 engine was manufactured before 1973 and is one of the ‘high horsepower blocks.’ The second owner installed the CD player/speakers and the headers/exhaust. Maintenance and after market items were installed over the years. This includes wheels/tires, shocks, coil/wires.”

The seller reports replacing the clutch and front shocks.

The seller, who has owned the car since 2007, says the car is not perfect. For example, there’s a split seam in the driver’s seat and a small hole in the headliner. Nonetheless, the seller adds, “it has won many trophies over the years.”

The car is being offered for $55,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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. I would absolutely positively love to have that car I would leave it all original and just use it as a cruiser I drive around in it maybe even a daily driver during the summer time because a car like that deserves to be driven and shown off

  2. Love this car- deserves to be driven! I really wanted to see the drivers side of the interior, especially the shifter and console, but the lady was blocking the view….. same with the engine bay.

  3. A high school friends dad ordered a mid 70’s Charger and the dealer installed a 440 like this seller said happened- it did happen on occasion, but his 440 came out of a full sized sedan which received the 400 in exchange. A bunch of high performance parts were added to it before his dad picked it up. I remember in the mid 80’s after the leaf springs broke thru the rusted out trunk the driveline was pulled and the car junked.

  4. These were some ho-hum years. BUT….. This is pretty darn special. The 4 speed –Over the top! You would have the only one on the planet. I’ve seen enuf chargers and cuda’s to last a life time.


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