No Reserve! 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440

I hear all the time how outrageous Mopar prices are and don’t get me wrong, I sometimes struggle to understand why they can fetch so much when in rough condition, but clearly, there are lots of people out there that absolutely love their Mopars and are willing to spend big bucks for the right one! This 1969 Charger R/T has rust issues and has been about gutted out, but it’s a real R/T with the 440 V8 and its engine is present. If you are one of those Mopar fans looking for an R/T project, you can find this one here on eBay in Lenexa, Kansas with a current bid of $12k.

I fully understand the appeal of these cars. They look great, offered lots of power, and embody what it means to be a muscle car, so it doesn’t surprise me one bit that someone would want this project. With top condition cars now reaching into six-figure territory, even rough examples are sought after. The question is, is this one too far gone to be a feasible project?

With Mopars, as is with most classic cars, having the correct engine and transmission can have a huge impact on value. If this is the number matching engine, it could very well make it worth a high-dollar restoration. The Charger R/T was only offered with the 440 or the 426 Hemi. Clearly, the Hemi is more sought after, but the 440 is no slouch. There’s no word if this is the numbers-matching drivetrain, but the seller does state that the engine turns over, so that’s a plus.

The interior has just about been gutted out. The dash, steering wheel, and seats are about all that remains. That isn’t an end-of-the-world issue, but it definitely adds to the cost to restore it. I suppose having the seat frames and dash structure could save some green, but chances are they are so rusty that you might be further ahead replacing them.

I get being willing to spend $90k+ on a pristine ’69 Charger R/T, they are sweet machines, but I have a hard time justifying $12k+ on a rusty project. If you can do most of the work yourself, you might be able to come out ahead, but if you are paying a shop to restore it, you might be better off buying an already done car. What do you think? Do


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  1. Vance

    I don’t have the words, it’s a heap, and you know the engine isn’t the original and its junk. Just keep it on the trailer and find the closest and deepest lake and say goodbye.

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  2. Terrry

    This thing has spent decades outside, probably in overgrown blackberry bushes and what-not, and has been dug out and put up for sale. The only valuable thing here is the data plate, and that’s why it’s up to 12k so far.

    Like 7
  3. Sam Shive

    I’ve seen better at “GO PULL IT”.

    Like 4
  4. Gary Rhodes

    Flush this turd

    Like 6
  5. Bick Banter

    The only work that a person short of a master metalsmith would be able to do would be a pop the data plate and VIN tag off and put them on a 318 Charger. And I’ll bet that’s what happens.

    Like 2

      “Reproduction” Data plates (Fender tags) can be bought for a lot less than $12k.

      • piston poney

        pls tell me where you can get a reproduction fender tag without a build sheet, cause i would love to know.

        Like 2
  6. chuck

    Just wow. 😮😱

  7. Tim


  8. mark

    Not being able to see the floor. the trunk floor. rear quarters it’s hard to put a price on it. Original motor, trans, rearend makes a difference I have seen worse become gems again.

    Like 1
    • JB

      MARK how can you not see the trunk floor? Are your eyes closed?? It is shot!

  9. Jon

    Really? Come on. Dreaming much?.

  10. Vance

    It’s not dreaming, they make awfully powerful Cannabis these days, and I would bet on the purple hair sinsemilla. If this dude had the matching drivetrain, he would have said so, many times. Take off the 2 or 3 parts, and you have yourself a muscle boat anchor.

  11. rjc Member

    I have been involved in the restoration of two convertible barracudas , both in worse shape then this car. And both are now beautiful restored cars.
    All work done by my brother and I and his sons.
    This is doable. Some car guys have many connections for body and interior people who don’t charge outrages prices. If you take it to a big name shop , yeah, then the costs go thru the roof.
    We had the attitude if they can do it so can we.

    Like 6
  12. michael h streuly

    Current bid 13,099.00.

  13. George Mattar

    Call the guy in Colorado who will make you a phony fender tag. This pile of crap is no barn find Gonna fix it up some day. Guess my 97 Plymouth with no rust is worth $50,000 now.

  14. JB

    MARK how can you not see the trunk floor? Are your eyes closed?? It is shot!

    Like 1
  15. tim priddy

    Since its far from original you can make it one of those stupid touring machines with ghetto wheels and chip foose aluminum overdose
    …….but rust NEVER sleeps and once the wife hears what you spent on this your funeral will be soon be arranged

    Like 1
    • JB

      You’d be LUCKY to have a Chip Foose car. Only he only builds for nice guys.

      Like 3
      • Don Eladio

        His cars are atrocious. Ugliest things ever. I cannot believe anyone would want anything that he molested.

        Like 1
  16. JB

    You’d be LUCKY to have a Chip Foose car. Only he only builds for nice guys.

    • Don Eladio

      LOL…I’d take a Chip Foose car. I’d have it shipped to the next major auction where it would be sold, immediately, to some fool with more money than brains. Then, I would go and buy a real car that hadn’t been ruined.

      Like 1
      • Jon

        @ Eladio Take a chill pill. Foose has a better eye for car design then the major car manufactures and those that recognize it get it. Id love to have him do a car for me but lack of that kindof money puts a slight damper on those plans.

        Like 2

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