Impressive Original: 1971 Dodge Charger

As far as survivors go, they don’t get much better than this. The seller of this 1971 Dodge Charger claims it sports original paint and, well – everything else. It may be a lower spec 318 car, but it still looks damn good even without the big mill. Bidding has reached $15K and there’s no reserve. Find it here on eBay and located in Connecticut.

That last part surprised me, as we don’t normally see turnkey survivors like this. I’d love to know if it survived this well all while living in the northeast its whole life, but that seems unlikely. Mileage is recorded as a tick over 34,000, which I would assume to be verified as genuine if what the seller says is true about its originality.

That interior looks stunning, and the cabin is one of the harder areas to fake (without completely restoring it) when trying to sell a car as a survivor. This one looks the part, with an uncracked dash, beautiful bench seat, minty steering wheel and door panels, and shiny black finishes in places like the column shift knob and the inlay in the dash.

The paint matches well under the hood, and the painted portions of the engine look quite nice. It’s a shame to see a smaller mill under a hood with so much room in the engine bay, but that 318 likely played a role in this Charger surviving the days of hot rodding and drag strips. The seller says he has full documentation with the car, so it seems safe to bid confidently.


  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Naysayers, say your piece but you can’t deny this (nicely kept up as its presented here) is a perfect daily driver..
    No, it hasn’t the panache of a 2nd gen 440 with a pistol grip 4spd., but this combination was a perfect road car for a smitten 18 year old boy to drive the 448 miles from Carson City to Las Vegas in 5hrs 37minutes to see a raven-haired beauty with emerald green eyes calling for him..
    Do you ever wonder how-or WHY-you lived beyond that age?
    As an aside, prior to the Federal 55MPH there were NO speed limits on the open highways in Nevada, most of which were 2 lane!

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  2. CapNemo

    Damn, this is nice.

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    • r s

      Unlike the bronze / burnt orange 73 that is listed elsewhere on BF today, this looks like it is more likely to be ‘the real thing’.

      I had a ’73 myself, 400 2bbl, my brother owned it first. It had either a 2.45 or 2.76 rear end and no trouble tearing the tires. He claimed to have had it up to 130 on the highway when he owned it.

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  3. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Is that a rubber floor mat? I would never guess Dodge would have used that instead of carpet. Maybe on a low-spec Dart, but not a Charger.

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    • Zack

      I have no idea where you live but, this is a 1971 charger and a 1971 dart is a completely different car This is what a 1971 Dart looks like.

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      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        I think you missed Rex Khars point insofar as the quality one would expect with a Charger vs that of a Dart…

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      • Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

        Yeah I know the difference. Read my post.

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  4. local_sheriff

    What surprices me most is to find out it hasn’t hidden headlights – I was always under the impression ALL 71-73 Chargers came with that feature which means I’m learning something new every day.

    It seems shockingly well kept; once again I get verification on my theory on intestine colored cars and their survival rate opposed to the fancier hues…

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    • Hank Kaczmarek

      My 73 SE didn’t have them, and I’ve never seen a 71 or later with them.

    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Oddly enough, hidden headlights were special order only on ‘71’s and ‘73’s but standard on ‘72 SE’s and not available on ‘74’s!
      I really appreciate the MoPar’s I’ve had thru the years but they do goofy stuff sometimes..

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      • James

        71s also had an option for a headlight wiper. Super rare! Not sure if it was one year only or not though.

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  5. Woody

    Beautiful car here,wouldn’t change nothing it’s a nice example of an original low mileage classic!

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