43k Original Miles: 1972 Dodge Charger

While it might not be a Rallye or an SE, this 1972 Dodge Charger still manages to tick a lot of the right boxes. Its greatest strengths are the fact that it is an unrestored and original survivor, and that it has a claimed 43,025 original miles showing on its odometer. If it ticks all of the right boxes for you, then you will find it located in Inman, South Carolina, and listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set the bidding to open at $14,500 in a No Reserve auction, and I’m amazed to see that there has been no action up to this point.

I find the styling of the 1972 Charger to be quite pleasant, and this is only emphasized when it is painted in a color such as Hemi Orange. It is a striking color, and the Black vinyl top is the icing on the cake. Apparently, the Charger had spent many years in storage before being revived by its current owner. All I can say is that the storage environment must have been close to perfect, because the Charger is still wearing all of its original paint, and it looks to be really good. We don’t get any close-up photos providing a clear look at areas such as the rear quarter panels, but what we can see doesn’t indicate any rust issues. In addition, the owner makes no mention of any problems, so hopefully, the car is nice and solid. The trim and chrome all seem to be in good condition, while the grille with concealed headlights appears to be close to faultless. The wheels that are fitted to the car aren’t original, but their styling is period-correct, and they do suit the car quite well.

Opening the doors of the Charger reveals an interior that presents just as nicely as the exterior. The only area that provides any hint to the age of the car is the carpet, which is showing some fading. What I find interesting is the amount of edge-wear on the driver’s side of the carpet and the kick panel. This wear is far higher than I would have expected for a car with the mileage that has been claimed for this one. Similarly, the front seat now wears a new cover, and the original was replaced because it had become slick, and the front seat occupants had a tendency to slide around during cornering. I would be interested to know if this was due to wear, someone using an inappropriate cleaner on the seat, or because the original vinyl had become hard due to age. That single item does raise a question in the back of my mind regarding the mileage claim, and it is something that I would want to clarify with the owner. The rest of the interior presents extremely well, and the only addition has been an FM converter for the radio. One option that is fitted to the Charger is factory air conditioning, and this is said to blow ice cold.

As I said, the Charger isn’t a muscle car, but the combination of a 318ci V8, TorqueFlite transmission, power steering, and power disc brakes, should provide pretty comfortable and competent motoring. Since the car was removed from storage, it has received a completely new fuel system, along with a new alternator, voltage regulator, battery, hoses, plugs, and the radiator has been rebuilt. The result is a car that is said to now run and drive extremely well while delivering decent gas mileage. Once again, we return to the owner’s mileage claim, and we can only hope that he holds some evidence to verify this claim.

There is no disputing that this 1972 Charger is a nice looking car, and it certainly features some very nice options. If the odometer reading is accurate, then this will make it a special car. While it might not be a bruising muscle car, it should still be an enjoyable car to both own and drive. As I said earlier, I’m quite surprised that there has been no bidding action up to this point, and this makes me wonder whether one of the 54 people who are currently watching the listing is just biding their time, and preparing to pounce with a bid at the very last moment. If that’s the case, then it won’t be the first time that I will have seen this occur. Do we have any Mopar enthusiasts who might be inclined to explore that option?

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Comments

  1. Moparman Member

    This is a real beauty! GLWTS!! :-)

    BTW: Should post a side profile picture.

    Like 9
  2. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    What a beautiful car-that I had the white over blue one of these as a youngster of course in no way gives influence or prejudice to my appreciation. It’s odd though that there are no photos from underneath or even the rear of the car; too, as Moparman said above it really needs some full side photos to be appreciated.
    From what is presented here, it’s been very looked after, and yes I’d buy it in half a second if I could..

    Like 4
    • Boatman Member

      “Honey, I listed it on E-bay, but nobody wants it!”

      Like 5
  3. Bakyrdhero

    I like this because it’s not a 68-70 but feels like one. It had that muscular appearance and nice lines plus hide away headlights. In 73 the head lights are fixed and I never really took to that look. Hopefully this is an nice as advertised because it’s an nice, affordable Mopar.

    Like 5
  4. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Is the paint off color under the hood versus the body….or do I need to clean my glasses ? Nice car….

    Like 2
    • jerry

      its the light thats tricking you look at the front seat. notice the foot wide streak on the passenger side! notice every time a mopar pops up here every body is gung ho to pick it apart but a rusty pile of junk mustang oh it should be restored??? why they were cheap thrown together when new!

      Like 1
  5. CraigR

    That is a gorgeous car. That is all.

    Like 7
  6. Jim in FL

    Wow, what an eye catcher. The color is perfect. A girl I dated in high school had one of these in her family. Green with black vinyl top. This color makes it a completely different car. I think I see that it has ac. Would make a reasonable daily driver if the price didn’t go too high. Good luck to the seller and buyer. Really nice car.

    Like 4
  7. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Good looking car, not a speed demon but comfortable none the less. Based on the photo’s, looks like the wheels are not 4 square and I’d be tempted to put 4 same size tires on it so only 1 spare would be needed.
    Someone will get a good one from what i’m seeing here.

    Like 3
  8. irocrobb

    Compared to the E body cars they made a nicer highway car.I had a 1972 Ralley model Charger with a 400 engine. It looked cool with the door depressions and bulge hood. I might add it laid pretty good path of rubber. I actually prefer these to the older ones and this one looks spot on

    Like 3
  9. Stevieg

    Another to add to my fantasy collection. I am fine with a 318, they go fast enough for me.

    Like 6
  10. Del

    Nice car.

    I would add period correct front bucket seats

    Like 1
  11. Wayne

    Has the grille been glued together? As it appears to have clear packing tape holding it together in the first photograph. Nice looking car with the eye grabber color.

    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      I think that’s just a reflection in the one picture. Take a look at the last one (straight on of the front) and all looks normal to me.

      Like 2
  12. r s

    I had a beautiful 1973 Charger SE, pale green with white vinyl roof and dark green interior. 400 2bbl and 2.76 gears, it wasn’t a race car but it was quite peppy. I used to get compliments on it all the time at the gas station while I was inside paying for my gas (in the olden days). ‘Is that your Charger? That’s really sharp…’ It was a really, really pretty car.

    Like 1
  13. Troy s

    318 is what it is, reliable and dependable. Of course a bigger engine would be more interesting, definitely more entertaining, but this is one nice looking cruiser here. The wheels give it a sharper image, with the right exhaust it would sound the part too…anymore that’s all some people want.
    Not really a gear heads ride, just a nice looking cruiser.

    Like 2
  14. Roger

    Bench front seats are way better then bucket seats. At least before seatbelts became law.

    Like 1
  15. MB

    Not anything to get excited about, wrong year body, wrong engine. Slow, and handling like an aircraft carrier. Someone will love it and give it a new home, and hopefully doesn’t hotrod it.

  16. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    SOLD-someone stole it at $17,400.

    Like 1
  17. Randy Hammett

    Hope whoever buys it enjoys this Charger. Looks to as close to an SE model as you can get. Hideaway headlights and canopy vinyl roof are add on options. Bucket seats with center console like factory one are still available. Seeing that VIN number would answer alot of questions about the car.

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