Hemi Orange Roller: 1969 Dodge Charger

UPDATE 06/12/2022: This 1969 Dodge Charger roller has returned to the market, and it seems that the seller may have fallen foul of a non-paying buyer. Its previous listing indicated that it sold for $24,200, but the owner has listed it again here on eBay. Nothing has changed with this classic, although twenty-nine bids have pushed the price to $20,300. That figure surpasses the reserve, so if you’re kicking yourself for missing out the first time, you’ve got a chance to have a second bite at the cherry.

05/26/2022: After a slow sales start in 1966-67, the Dodge Charger took off when Chrysler redesigned its intermediates in 1968. The Charger would see production rise to 96,000 units in 1968 and another 89,000 in 1969, the year this Charger was assembled. Wearing what looks like Hemi Orange paint today, this ’69 Dodge looks like a General Lee clone in waiting, though it has no drivetrain. From Sonora, California, this rolling project is available here on eBay.

The VIN identifies this car as a non-R/T Charger that had a 383 cubic inch V8 under the hood, likely with a 2-barrel carburetor. It was paired with an automatic transmission, but both the motor and tranny have taken leave of the automobile. There is no reference to a cowl tag, so we don’t know the details as to how it was otherwise equipped and it looks to have left the factory painted green.

We’re told there’s the rust you’ll usually find on “all vehicles this year” but no gaping holes are present in the photos except maybe the trunk. The sheet metal may be largely solid, so perhaps the time the car will spend in the body shop will not be too extensive. Except for one missing door panel and the carpeting, the interior looks complete. The upholstery will need to be redone as what we see looks to be original to the Charger.

No history is provided on this Mopar, like how long has it been sitting and when the drivetrain get yanked out, and for what reason. Long enough though for the seller to have registered it in no-op status in California so no extra DMV fees or penalties would accumulate during its dormancy. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding will go on a roller and – when restored – will it end up with a big “01” on the outside of both doors.

Comments

  1. Moparman Member

    This originally green Charger appears to have been nicely equipped from the factory. In addition to the 383/auto, buckets and console, it also had front disc brakes and A/C. GLWTA!! :-)

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  2. Bick Banter

    Lucky this didn’t get gobbled up by the Pukes of Hazards or one of the remakes. Way too expensive for my blood but I’m not in the super comfortable financial boat the bidders are, no doubt. I’m sure it’ll bring a pretty penny!

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  3. Bwana

    Just once I would like to see a full blown restoration that when you open the hood serendipity slaps you in the face. That is right children, a mighty slant six. While not the majority (that was the LA 318), there were enough equipped like that to be more than a footnote in Chrysler history. It would be nice to see a few of these still around for future generations to be in awe of. I can see it now, in a kinder and more enlightened age, young people will see a slant six in an otherwise sea of over excess and proclaim,” Wow! I thought all they had were selfish and primitive people back then. See, there were a t least some with common sense!”.

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    • bone

      Any slant 6 Charger would likely been ordered by the dealership as a loss leader to get Charger customers in. Most were 318s, and people looking for economy would have been steered towards the Dart .
      I dont get your comment that people were selfish and primitive because they drove a car that got worse gas mileage than a 6 cyl; gas was cheap and plentiful. I suppose your complaints could go back to the 1930s when straight 8s and v8s started popping up

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      • Bwana

        Gas wasn’t all that cheap. Adjusted for inflation it was around 3 bucks a gallon. Reasonable, but not cheap. Plus, think about it, cars today get 2-3 times the MPG, so the cost then was really that much more too. The difference was that people had less cool stuff to spend money on so driving was thought of more as a pass time and not so much simple transportation. The other thing to consider was that the late sixties was the heart of the great American middle class that was well off financially and had money to spend outside of basic needs. Gas is still “plentiful”, I have not seen any gas lines like we had in the 70s during the oil embargo, yet the price is sky rocketing. Where is the economics of supply and demand? Supposedly price jumps when supply is low and demand is high. Sounds like someone in charge didn’t read their Economics 101 textbook. Sure, that must be the reason. What else could it be?

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    • Gary

      I was hunting parts for my 68 Charger in a wrecking yard fourty years ago and found three 69 Chargers sitting side by side. All the same color and all had leaning towers of power and three on the tree. I have never seen one since and there were three. Gotta be rare

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  4. Melton Mooney

    The thing that always bored me about 2ng gen Chargers is that, except for some stripes, emblems, and color variations, and yes, about a thousand Daytonas and ’69 500s, they all looked pretty much the same inside and out. I still don’t get the big deal about them, although I admit, based on recent values, there certainly must be one.

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    • DON

      True, but so did 67-69 Camaros , 68 -72 Novas , 67 -69 Darts , 66-69 Rambler Americans , 66-69 Falcons …etc . And how about the new Chargers ? The body style must be over 10 years old and I cant tell the difference from a new or old one

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  5. Jim

    The VIN shows that it was originally a 383 4 barrel

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  6. Brad460 Member

    Where is Roscoe P. Coltrane when you need him?

  7. Jason

    Need a laugh emoji for Bwanas comments . Theres always one 😂😂

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  8. Ragmar

    Put an LS in it. Efficient ample power. Thats my take.

  9. Big C

    I guess the buyer came to his senses.

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