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Running Project: 1969 Dodge Charger SE

Market reaction to the new Dodge Charger in 1966-67 was mixed. But when Chrysler’s B-bodied cars got redesigned for 1968, sales took off, rising from 17,000 to 92,000 units. The 1969 model year was almost as popular and would have included this Charger SE, which is a well-optioned, running car. Cosmetic restoration is in order, but some work has already been done along those lines. Located in Fresno, California, this desirable old Mopar is available here on eBay which the bidding has already reached $32,022.

The 1969 Charger became a celebrity nearly a decade after-the-fact via the TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard. Nearly 300 of the cars were used over seven years, many of them involved in daredevil, Evel Knievel-like stunts that – unfortunately – rendered them mostly useless going forward. While the base Charger and the R/T were production models, the SE (for Special Edition) was an upscale version that came in the form of an option on either one.

This Charger was a well-heeled car when it was new. With a B5 blue paint job, matching interior, and a white vinyl top, it had factory air conditioning, power steering and brakes, power windows, and an AM/FM stereo with an 8-track tape player! We’re told the mileage of 75,800 is documented and the car comes with its build sheet, of which those things tend to get lost over the years and across changes in ownership, which happened three times with this Dodge.

We’re told the Charger was involved in an accident on the passenger side, which explains the amount of grey primer in play. The seller replaced the door and rear quarter panel taken from another Charger. Metal strips were used to repair some rust that was present near the rear windows and the back glass is out. The only remaining corrosion is some “see-through” in the floor pan on the driver’s side, a few pinholes on the passenger side, and a crusty trunk floor. All the materials in the passenger compartment are well-worn and will need replacing.

The 383 cubic-inch V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor and automatic transmission run well. The oil pressure reads within an acceptable range and the cooling system is operating correctly. Work performed to get the car running includes flushing out the gas tank, performing a tune-up, changing all the fluids, and rebuilding the carb. A few electrical items will require a look-see, like the turn signals and some of the gauges. And the master cylinder and transmission both leak a tad of brake and transmission fluid, respectively. Spare parts also come with the car, including some body pieces, kick panels, hoses for the A/C, the air filter housing, and more – all inside the trunk for easy transport.


  1. Cadmanls Member

    I just guess my age is part of the problem but geez why someone would pay over 32K for this car. Is or was nicely optioned but it needs a complete rotisserie restoration. I am sure suspension is tired and the 383 2bbl isn’t the hot ticket. Drivetrain probably should be gone through as the diff is more than likely a one legged. No thanks big investment coming.

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  2. Bick Banter

    $32,000 for this? That seems irrational to me.

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    • Louis

      Car is maybe worth 8 to 10 thousand. It’s nothing special.

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  3. Bick Banter

    Yup, and in 10 years, a financial guardian will be selling it for $12,500 to pay for nursing home or assisted living expenses. I guess some people just figure they’re not gonna take it with ’em.

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  4. tommy okonski

    thats nuts

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  5. rod glaser

    no such critter as an am/fm 8 track. am 8 track only.

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  6. burt

    Bidding has not reached $32,022. It is the minimum bid that no one has agreed to.

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Auction ended with 0 bids.
    Not surprised.

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  8. Mark Krey

    I bought one identical back in 1983 in about the same condition, even had a swivel drivers side bucket (mine had the middle folds down Center front seat too). Back then I paid, are you sitting down…..$225! That’s right 225 bucks. I stole some parts for my 68 charger R/T and then sold the car for $200 to a guy who raced 68-70 chargers at Elko speedway and Raceway Park.

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