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Older Restoration: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

The Dodge Charger was one of the hottest cars of the late 1960s. From 1968 to 1970, Dodge built nearly 225,000 of them – many carrying the coveted R/T badging. We’re told this 1969 example was previously restored and we don’t know if the drivetrain is original to the automobile. The lack of information may be why the car has yet to attract its first bid here on eBay, though the starting point may be a bit daunting at $50,000. Located in Fountain Valley, California, this dark green Mopar is looking for a new home.

When you ordered a Charger R/T in 1969, you got a 440 cubic inch V8 as standard equipment. Just like with the Dodge Coronet R/T and the Plymouth GTX. The R/T would have its best year in 1969, with nearly 20,000 of the 85,000 Charger assemblies coming with that 440 or the 426 Hemi, the only available upgrade. The seller’s car has the popular TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

We’re told this Mopar is of “daily driver” quality and runs quite well. The car has disc brakes (front or all around?) and factory air conditioning that works as it should. The mileage is unknown (though the odometer reads 13,332 miles) and no details on the earlier restoration are given, so it appears the seller only has limited information to share about this 55-year-old Dodge.

At a glance, this Charger resembles the one in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt, which may have contributed to demand for the Charger in those days. But the one in the movie was painted black and this one is dark green. Also, the movie car was a ’68 model. The interior looks nice on this car, and it could continue as a daily driver for an indefinite amount of time.

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Steve R

    Nice looking car. By not writing a better ad they are costing themselves money and opening themselves up to repeatedly answering the same basic questions any potential buyer will inevitably ask. A little more time and effort upfront would make the next 6 1/2 days, until the auction ends, much easier.

    Steve R

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  2. Avatar photo Yblocker

    “The starting point may be a little bit daunting”? I guess no more daunting than usual. But also a lot nicer than usual. But still a lot of money. So, c’mon all you fat wallets, let’s go, get a new “Dodge in your Garage” lol. How many remember that add?

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  3. Avatar photo Roland

    Very pretty. I hope someone can tell us if the radiator is original with its squared top and overflow bottle. It looks like it had front disk brakes from the factory, I would assume that it has the same now. I can’t remember if the disk brake package included 11×3″ rear drums on the R/T. My ’67 has 10x 2.5″ drums on the rear with factory disks up front.

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    • Avatar photo Moparman Member

      The radiator is OEM, if you enlarge the picture you can just barely make out the Pentastar stamp and P/N; the overflow bottle appears to be from a later model Mopar. A lot of restorations replace the OEM radiator with one of those hideous aluminum ones; better cooling perhaps, but not nearly as good a look (IMO)! :-)

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  4. Avatar photo Ben

    I wouldn’t give more than 25k interior might have been restored 30yrs ago kick panels are marred up console is dirty and dull dash gauges and dash it self don’t cut it either. The best thing about it is the paint. I am sorry about being negative. But we are seeing this more and more. Prices are too crappy anymore

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    • Avatar photo Robert Amoroso

      ’69 R/T cars with factory front disc brakes had 10X2.5 rear drum brakes with either the 8 3/4 or 9 3/4 Dana rear. That’s what is on my original ’69 R/T and my ’69 Hemi Charger 500.

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  5. Avatar photo ROCCO 603

    In person inspection a must i.m.o
    That’s gonna be alot of cake before it’s all said an done. Something’s up under that vinyl top.

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    • Avatar photo Melton Mooney

      It looks like the seam filler at the quarter/roof seam is starting to act up. Painted top cars had the seam leaded in, but vinyl top cars got ‘Bondo’ type seam filler. Eventually corrosion can creep its way under the Bondo, and cause it to lift a little, which shows under the vinyl.

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  6. Avatar photo Gary

    Nay-sayers thinking a starting bid of $50K is high don’t follow the 68-70 Charger market. And this is a REAL R/T XS29.
    And NO….the prices are NOT going down. The popularity of these cars, like the prices, has been increasing for many years.

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    • Avatar photo Steve R

      Gary, you are right. Cars like this, that have always had strong a following are expensive for a reason. Muscle cars continue to be featured in popular culture such as movies, tv shows, music videos and advertisements. The cars from that era that will fade away don’t have a following based on their merit, where the main attraction is “they will draw a crowd at coffee and cars”, that level of interest isn’t built to last.

      Steve R

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      • Avatar photo Gary

        I was totally with you till: “don’t have a following based on their merit.”
        You must be referring to something other than a 2nd-gen Charger?

        Mopar muscle from 50+ yrs ago was and still is, legendary. 440/426 engines and torsion-bar handling out-performed contemporaries.

        The body style of the 2nd-generation Charger is often called “The most beautiful muscle car ever built.” I bought my 1st 69 in 1973 at age 18. I now have my 3rd at age 69 and still kids of all ages still drool over the Charger. I’ve taken trophies at Chevy shows. The appeal extends beyond Bullitt, Dukes, and FFurious and the desire to own one has driven prices into the 6-$-digit stratosphere….THAT is what angers armchair critics most.

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      • Avatar photo Yblocker

        They were also the most poorly built, Mopar quality tanked after 67. But they did have good powertrains

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      • Avatar photo Steve R

        Gary, I’m referring to a lot of 4 doors and orphan makes and models. The type of car that was great for basic transportation, but was nobody’s dream car. Even base model Chargers and most other 60’s and early-70’s 2drs don’t fall into that category, even if interest in a particular styling cycle varies.

        Steve R

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  7. Avatar photo Puddleglum

    That thing is just electricity on wheels.

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    • Avatar photo Pat P.

      Careful saying “electricity ” on this site.

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  8. Avatar photo PRA4SNW Member

    The price might be in the ballpark, but who knows, considering the seller’s lengthy 16 word description.

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