Fuselage Fun: 1971 Dodge Charger SE

With five days remaining in the auction, this 1971 Dodge Charger is listed for sale here on eBay with 19 bids. The current auction bid is $3,383 which is kind of neat since the car is equipped with a 383 cubic inch Magnum V8 engine. The car is located in St. Louis, Missouri. The car was reportedly found in a barn and looks pretty good from a distance.

This car has been off the road since 1985 and it shows. The seller states that the 383 cubic inch V8 engine is numbers matching but is not sure of its condition. There were several models of the Dodge Charger offered in 1970 including the 500, R/T, and SE. The high impact colors that Dodge offered were discontinued after 1971.

The ad states that the car was originally a column shifted automatic but at some point a floor mounted 4-speed transmission replaced the automatic transmission. You will notice that the car only has two pedals and the seller states that the 4 speed was replaced by an automatic transmission that is now floor mounted. The shifter still looks like a 4 speed to me.

As for rust, the floor and trunk pans need replacement. The frame rails are said to be solid. There is rust in the front driver’s side fender and lower quarter panels. The front windshield is cracked and someone added a big CB antenna to the driver quarter. The car is being sold at no reserve and, while a project, it is definitely worth saving.

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  1. Geoff

    This baby looks like it it got the whole Ozark Bubba treatment. It will take quite a bit to bring it back to even a presentable condition but it seems possible.

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  2. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Kind of confusing ad. First it was an auto on the column, then a 4 speed manual(?), and now a 3 speed auto on the floor?

    Wonder what else has been monkeyed with.

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  3. Peter

    Any body notice the rear helper coil springs? Check the ad. Strange stuff on the black (purple) interior. Looks like drums up front as well. All said with that I still love the body style. They were doing great drugs back then to help creative designs. MOPAR

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  4. Leslie Martin

    Maybe someone who knows Mopar B bodies can confirm this, but I always thought the Charger 500 and Charger SE were two different models? This car has medallions for both.

    Anyway, I’d love to see the broadcast sheet for this one. Who ordered it with A/C and Rallye gauges, but manual drum brakes and a column shift? Pretty odd combo, IMHO.

    Its still a cool car, and every old Mopar is Worth at least considering. Hopefully someone will save this one.

  5. Troy s

    Dig the car, with the exception being the pepto bismol colored seats. Geesh.
    That shifter, what is that, an old Indy shifter? Looks kinda cool but it does look like a manual unit. 383 Magnum would make for a nice ride, to be honest I remember one just like this roaming around years and years ago same style wheels and even the Fa-ded in red paint color! Neat.

  6. SDJames

    They were separate models, but who knows what Dodge did back in those days, and what owners did after that… The add says it’s a 500 (which the tail lights may confirm – they only used those on the R/T and 500). An SE would have had the regular taillights. The hideaway headlights were standard on an SE I believe.

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