440 V8 Power! 1972 Dodge Charger SE

The Dodge Charger was introduced in 1966 as a cross between a pony car and a personal luxury automobile on a mid-size platform. It wasn’t much of a sales success until all of Chrysler’s intermediates were redesigned for 1968 and then interest really took off. This 1972 Special Edition (SE) has a 440 cubic inch V8 that’s been treated to some modifications. From Rib Lake, Wisconsin, this Dodge looks solid overall and is available here on craigslist for $20,000. Thanks for the Mopar find, Rocco B.!

The Chargers would share in Chrysler’s “fuselage” styling beginning in 1971. Little changed going into 1972, that model year would be the auto’s best sales year to date (until 1973, that is). Performance cars had begun their decline by 1972 due to rising insurance costs, lower engine compression ratios in anticipation of unleaded fuel, and a recalculation of horsepower in net figures. The 426 Hemi was gone, but the 440 was still around although it was rated at 280 hp now and no 6-Pack was anywhere in sight.

More than 22,000 SE coupes were built in 1972, including the seller’s car. The SE retained its hidden headlights, and a vinyl top became available, but the C-pillar was huge on those cars and would later receive opera windows to help improve visibility. This Charger looks complete and solid, although the white paint looks rather flat (it may be the photos).  No issues seem apparent inside or outside of the vehicle which has clocked 90,000 miles.

The car is propelled by a tricked-out 440, which may or may not be original and the degree of the tweaks is not mentioned. The motor is flanked by a 727 automatic transmission with a shift kit. No mention is made either if any work is needed, so we assume this is a turn-key machine that you could take to Cars & Coffee next Saturday.

Comments

  1. Moparman Member

    Never really cared for this roofline on the fuselage Chargers. It has power windows, but the A/C has been deleted…along with the ad!

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  2. Jangus

    Stop tacking those trash rear spoilers on every Mopar. They look like an afterthought (clearly was) and then you’re left dealing with the damn screw holes in the trunk lid. JUST STOP.

    Like 17
    • FireAxeGXP

      I don’t know. Maybe just maybe guys should be able to customize their cars as they see fit? This is still a free country for now not Korea. Let it go.

      Like 3
  3. joenywf64

    440 & even 400 motors in short supply in ’72-74? – reason for neither avail for the Chally/Cuda?

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  4. Michael Berkemeier

    The 1972 Charger SE…flat-out, the ugliest iteration of the Charger ever produced. This 1/4 window/roofline is, bar none, the most hideous to ever come from any automotive manufacturer. These all came with a vinyl roof and when it is removed it becomes even worse. Close to as ugly were the ’74’s with the M07 option full vinyl roof w/”opera window”.

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    • joenywf64

      The “Chargers” that came after ’74 are no beauties either, if not desecrations of the Charger name.

      Like 2
    • FireAxeGXP

      Totally totally totally wrong. This is a beautiful car. Why comment on things just to shite on them or nitpick them.

      Like 2
    • Emel

      Richard Petty, NASCAR’s greatest…..didn’t think so. And neither do I. lol
      This car has great lines all around, so much it moves while setting still.

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