Ready For Restoration: 1973 Dodge Charger SE

The third generation of Dodge’s Charger ran from 1971-74 with the fuselage styling common on that era of Chrysler products. One of the most visible changes going into the ’73 model year was on the SE models, which had a new roof treatment with a “triple opera window” surrounded by a canopy-style vinyl roof in many cases. Sales would be the best in years at 108,000 units. The seller’s ’73 Charger SE may look better than it is because the floors are in need of replacement. It’s located in Brockton, Massachusetts and available here on eBay where brisk bidding sits at $3,551 with no reserve to meet.

The 1971-74 Chargers were long and sleek – and darn aerodynamic in stock trim. This made them particularly popular with NASCAR drivers. Richard Petty alone won 35 races in these cars and would later proclaim this body style his favorite car because it was “balanced”. For ’73, the cars had new sheet metal and were longer, wider, and taller than the year before. While sales ticked up that year, the majority of Chargers had engines not categorized as “performance.” The cars, as did all Chrysler products, were now equipped with five mph bumpers, front and rear.

This 1973 Charger SE has been off the road for a long time, according to the seller. While we’re told the frame is good, other metalwork is not. The front floor pans are bad, but replacements come with the car, along with ones for the rear as well. It looks as though someone did a poor job of repairing a fender, complete with rivets. The interior doesn’t look bad, but the carpeting is missing, the dash pad is cracked and the seller says it needs a new headliner. A reported 135,000 miles are on the odometer.

The engine is a basic 318 cubic inch V-8 that may be seized and may not be original. It comes with its fender tag and what’s left of its build sheet. The seller is looking to dispose of the car to make room for another project. A nice version of this car could be worth in the high teens, but what will it take dollar-wise to bring this one up to snuff?

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  1. flmikey

    I have said this before, there is nothing worse than fixing other people’s fixes…I have owned a few of these over the years, all 318/slap sticks…loved them all…and have to agree with the “balanced” comments…they were…

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  2. Leland

    Never liked the vinyl rear window treatment on an otherwise nice looking car. The standard rear side windows were a really nice design. A 318 is a great engine for this car, no need for anything else. Maybe a dual exhaust and a small four barrel, but even that is not needed for a wonderful running engine.

    Like 6
  3. Troy s

    Those opera windows were really the hot ticket back then it seems, all brands had something like that available. I hate em, but that’s my own taste.
    Otherwise it looks like the speed king it wants to be, I read somewhere Richard Petty used one all the way into the late seventies, as long as he could, under NASCAR rules, it was such a good stocker.

    Like 5
  4. Louie

    It’s on Facebook Marketplace too for 4500

    Like 3
    • piston poney

      if i didn´t just buy a 1971 chevelle i would be all over this

      Like 4
  5. Juan Garcia

    It’s a nice car just wondering how much more rust is hidden in car since it’s in a snowy state they didn’t put a price so its going to get probably another 3000 but I wouldn’t pay no more than 4 grand as visits a lot of work,.

  6. Jim C

    Can’t believe the guy got 8 grand for this thing. It’s got so many problems, I don’t know where to start.

    Had an SE back in the 70s that was a rust bucket. But at least it still had all the original parts.

  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $8,000.
    Too bad the buyer didn’t see the FB Marketplace ad.

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