Cheap Mopar Muscle! 1966 Dodge Charger

Originally conceived as a “fastback Coronet,” the first-generation Dodge Charger ranks as one of the largest fastbacks ever, and no other Chrysler shared its unique style. This particular 1966 Dodge Charger seeks a new owner here on craigslist in Boston, Massachusetts where the $3900 asking price defies the trend of Mopar Madness, a phenomenon that drives asking prices for rusty, pitiful specimens to half of their restored value… or more. In this case, the listing’s lack of details and the car’s obviously non-original motor (the Coronet’s 440 cid V8 began in 1967) suggest this Charger is a basic model… but that doesn’t mean it’s not cool! Thanks to reader “AMXBrian” for spotting this New England classic.

The five-slot mags and raised-white-letter tires suggest this Charger last terrorized the streets sometime in the 1980s or early ’90s. The 45-second photo shoot avoided any depiction of the interior, engine compartment, or underside, but hey, what do you want for $3900?

A probably super-reliable Honda push-mower quietly mocks the non-operational Dodge, but the Charger may get the last laugh; we’ll see which one is still around in 40 years. Aside from the fastback treatment, the Charger differed from the Coronet with a nifty hidden-headlight grille that may or may not be present (or completely destroyed) on this one (thanks to classic-car-history.com for some details).

The Pep Boys tires and random black-spray-painted rust spots suggest a laissez-faire approach to vehicle maintenance. The seller is mum on which engine shown (if either) comes with the car, but he may take a Harley Davidson motorcycle in trade. If turnaround is fair play, you could simply snap a few cell phone pictures and describe your Harley as “two wheels, needs work” to ink a quick deal. How would you finish this giant fastback after coughing up the entry fee?

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Comments

  1. J.T. WILSON

    Not sure about the largest fastback assertion.

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    • Michael

      I own a 1966 Charger fully restored rotisserie Restoration that is!

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    • dweezilaz

      J.T.: same. Impala, Galaxie, Monterey, Toronado, Olds Delta, Pontiac Catalina, Riviera 2 door fastback hardtops, all much larger than a mid size Coronet/Charger.

  2. Del

    Nope.

  3. Wayne

    When I first saw one of these, I thought that the 4 bucket seats were really cool! Since I was 1 of 3 children. It would have never happened anyway. ( I was 14 at the time). The family had to make due with the 1958 Corvette and the 1963 Impala.

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    • Dave

      The rear seats also folded down, giving you six feet of flat space to work with.

      Like 8
  4. Jim

    My first car was a ’66 Charger, 426 Hemi, 4-speed. I wish I would have kept it……. (sigh)

    Like 7
  5. TCOPPS TCOPPS Member

    My ’66, 383 Auto

    Like 6
  6. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    2 years too early to garner the Mopar Madness Money, but the ’66 / ’67 would be the one I would get if in the market.

    I’m literally 100 yards away from Groveland at the moment and still have no interest in this car.

  7. strawboy

    Which one in 40 years? My 214SX Honda mower gets an oil change in the spring. I may have changed the plug sometime in the last 20+ years but can’t recall actually doing so. It starts on two pulls first time out for a spring start, otherwise one. Most reliable mechanical device I’ve ever owned.

    Like 3
    • local_sheriff

      I’m sure your Honda starts every time. I too own a Honda mower. It starts when I pull the string, hardly uses any gasoline and gets the job done without hesitation.

      I still don’t take it to local cruise-ins

      Like 5
  8. RP

    On my eighteenth birthday I paid $800 for a 67 Charger and loved every minute I spent driving that beast. The only problem I had was when the dash lights went out and I discovered there were no bulbs. Just some kind of fluorescent stuff that was wired to the headlight switch. I miss that old beauty, but Life happens.

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