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Almost Completely Original: 1975 Dodge Charger SE

1975 began the fourth generation for the Dodge Charger, but by this time it had become less of a muscle car offering and more of a personal luxury car, a market that was growing in popularity with automobile buyers in the mid-seventies.  Gone were the 440 and 426 Hemi from the car’s glory days, but nonetheless Dodge did still give the buyer a choice of three V8 engines, including 318, 360, and 400 cubic inches.  Charger sales passed the 30,000 unit mark in 1975, and while a far cry from production numbers during the car’s heyday, it was more than enough to validate that there was still interest in the Charger nameplate.  If you’ve been in the market for a fourth-generation driver that needs some TLC, this 1975 Dodge Charger SE may be a good car for you to tinker with.  Located in Urbana, Ohio, it can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $1,825.  The reserve price has not yet been reached.

The seller says that this Charger SE is almost completely original.  Upon first glance, I was really concerned that the body itself may be as rough as the paint, but from what I can tell the panels appear to have mostly just surface rust.  Of course, there’s no telling what’s hiding underneath what used to be a vinyl top, but at least there are no gaping holes visible on the fenders, doors, or quarters.  While it’s certainly not a pretty sight to look at in its current state, the owner does note that the car is far from perfect, which seems like a reasonable assessment.

There’s some surface rust under the hood as well, but the 318 is said to be all original, and the car is claimed to have only 46,000 miles.  The spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, button, coil, and ignition module have all been replaced, as have the fluids.  A TorqueFlite automatic transmission takes care of the shifting duties.  This Charger SE is said to drive great and the owner thinks it’s ready to be driven to its new home.  It also comes with a clear title.

Like the exterior, the interior could use some refreshment.  The seats really don’t look all that bad, especially to be as old as they are and white, but the dash pad is cracked along with the inside molding behind the driver’s door.  The floor, trunk, frame, and exhaust are noted as being in mint condition “for their age”, and while any use of the word mint may not have crossed my mind to describe the underside it does all look to be solid, and the car appears to have been undercoated.  What are your thoughts on this 1975 Dodge Charger SE?  Is just under $2,000 about where this car belongs, or should it command more?

Comments

  1. Moparman Moparman Member

    As the owner of a ’70 model Charger 500, who grew to like the ’71-’74 models, I was totally aghast at this Cordoba wannbe! From the ridiculously filigreed “Charger” emblems, to the formal styling, there was nothing that appealed to me. It reminds me of watching some owners of aged muscle cars who tried to be trendy, by attempting to convert them into brougham PLC’s! I agree that the body of this one is a giant question mark, but the car has potential, if this is what you want. GLWTA!! :-)

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    • joenywf64

      I can just imagine what you think of THIS version of the “Charger” —>
      https://barnfinds.com/11611-original-miles-1975-dodge-charger-daytona/
      Do any race cars have hood ornaments?
      Or even worse, the odd looking tiny front wheel drive Charger of the ’80s, or the import Mitsubishi Challenger of the late ’70s.
      Amazing “they” still refuse to make a 2 door “modern” Charger. I bet they could mock 1 up in clay over one weekend using the old 4 door clay model. lol
      & lastly i bet you love the still drab looking interiors of “modern” Challys & Chargers, compared to the unbelievable variety back in the day – espec exterior colors.
      Worse thing is buying a very expensive new 2022 Challenger & your neighbor has a nicely maintained 2008 Chally(also now very expensive used in 2022) & all the sheet metal is the same!
      Goodbye $500 or even $5000 used cars – unless in a big accident.

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      • PRA4SNW

        The 2 door market ain’t what it was back in the 70’s, so Dodge would never make 2 models with 2 doors.

        Heck, I’ve been waiting for a Special Edition Challenger to come out with a different nose and named the Barracuda. That would be even easier to do, but not even that will ever happen.

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      • Moparman Moparman Member

        The 1975-6 base Chargers were more closely “sporty” looking than the premium model. There WERE mock ups of a 2 door Charger made, but since Chrysler was in the “merger of equals” w/ Daimler, a four door platform was decided to be the only choice; this platform also was utilized for the 300, and shortened for the current Challenger.

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  2. Stan

    im really liking all these mid – late 70s offerings from the big 3.
    Re-power and cruise.

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  3. George Mattar

    With new Chrysler 300s costing $45,000, I will take this. Far easier to fix than a 2022 car when all those $$$$$$ sensors start taking a dump.

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  4. Steve Clinton

    Reserve has been met. $2500 with 2 days to go.

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  5. PRA4SNW

    Saw one of these at the Owl’s Head Auction a few years back. I was drawn to it, for some reason. I got there after it had been sold, I think it went for $5K or so.

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  6. William I Decker Member

    No rich Corinthian leather, no sale.

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  7. trav66

    I agree with George, this is much easier to maintain and repair than a newer car that requires taking it to a shop with a $10k diagnostic tool and $100 an hour labor charges. I wonder if this seller accepts credit cards, lol!

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  8. PRA4SNW

    SOLD for $2,650.

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