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More Than A Roller: 1972 Dodge Charger SE

One of Dodge’s hottest cars in the late 1960s was the Charger. It sold nearly 225,000 copies in 1968-70 and it was popularized in the movies (Bullitt) and later on television (Dukes of Hazzard). A redesign would come in 1971 and it would take a couple of years before buyers truly embraced the new styling. This 1972 Charger is the SE model (Special Edition) which means it was built with a higher level of trim than a standard Charger. It has a replacement engine which is not running. And the body is going to need some work. Located in Rockford, Minnesota, this Mopar can be yours for $6,150 here on eBay (or you can make an offer).

All of Chrysler’s B-body cars got a makeover in 1971, resulting in a longer, lower Charger that had a bit of a bullet shape. The hood rivals others for the longest one in the industry and its ability to take up space. Sales were up about 25% in 1971 over 1970 and another 30% in 1972. Positive, right? Well, more than 75,500 Chargers were produced in ’72 but 92,600 left the Mother Ship in 1968, so it’s all relative. Nearly one-third of 1972 Chargers came with SE badging, making it something of a personal luxury car. The seller’s Ivy Metallic Green Dodge is one of those machines. Maybe a two-tone or former vinyl top.

The VIN confirms that this Charger was built with a basic 318 cubic inch V8, but the one that’s in the car now is a period-correct replacement. The same is said to be true for the TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Photos provided by the seller show an engine compartment before and after the switch was made. But why install a non-running engine? That seems to be the case here, at least how things are worded. The frame is capable of accommodating a big-block engine, so perhaps some changes have been made to it.

Some bodywork will be needed, with the passenger side rear quarter panel looking to be the worst of it. The peek-a-boo headlights are said to work properly, which is a plus for these kinds of automobiles. The interior is a mixed bag in that the front and back seats don’t match and I’m not sure which is correct for the car (hopefully not the back as the material is not particularly attractive). If you like this era of the Chrysler B-bodies, does this Charger project get your motor running?

Comments

  1. Nevada1/2rack Nevada1/2rack Member

    Really like these Chargers, love to get one.
    But this one may not be even worth much more than the VIN tag..it’s been hit hard, fenders are rusting away, the door hinges look ready to rust off completely, the headliner is gone-and the aftermarket seat covers don’t even match each other.
    Sad to see one of these in such disrepair, but like the rotten Bronco we saw earlier the sellers are asking too much for too little and maybe too late now.

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  2. Chris Cornetto

    I Think there is enough diesel left in the tank to fire up the Al’jon 20 and make pancakes……You know the front cut off about 24 inches back would make a great wall hanging as the front end treatment is the best part of these cars. I like them but not enough to rescue some escapee from a metal muncher. There is really nothing good here to warrant the money to return this to it previous self.

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  3. Chris K

    All 1972 Charger SE’s had vinyl tops. It covered the plastic plug that filled in the demon eye roofline of the regular 71-72 Charger to give the blocky formal roof. The windows themselves are the same. The brocade front seat looks to be a correct standard split bench. I think green interiors had green carpet not black.

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  4. Randall Woodward

    Just outa highschool I owned a 72 charger se, Vinyl top, 400 motor, Automatic on the floor with bucket seats. Sweet car!

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