1969 Dodge Charger R/T

Despite lower sales than the Mustang, the 1969 Dodge Charger must be one of the recognizable and beautiful muscle cars of the late 1960s. The hidden headlamps and recessed rear window really add to the look. 

The R/T (Road and Track) was a high-performance model introduced on the Coronet in 1967 and then the Charger for the 1968 model year. Buyers of the R/T enjoyed one of the biggest engines Dodge had on offer and a special handling package as standard.

Charger had grown in size with its revamp for the 1968 model year and sales had really started to take off from the relatively slow start with the first generation. The 1969 Charger saw very few changes. The body remained the same but at the front there was a new split grille and to the rear the round taillights were replaced with elongated lenses.

69 Dodge Charger R/T Rear

Rear view

Using Chrysler's B-body it has attractive 'Coke bottle' styling.

The charger dash has an interesting instrument layout and offers (from left to right), a clock, speedometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, ammeter and temperature gauge.

1969 Dodge Charger Interior

Basic but functional Charger interior

Under the hood the Charger R/T came standard with the 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 engine (That's a massive 7.2 liters) producing 375 horsepower. This is paired with a TorqueFlite 727 3-speed automatic transmission.

1969 Dodge 440 Magnum V8 Engine

440 Magnum V8

Other standard R/T features included dual exhausts, special handling package and bumblebee racing stripes (if you wanted them).

The 1969 Dodge Charger leaped to fame (literally) in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. The bright orange car with a Confederate flag painted on the roof, really drew the public attention to this car. Despite somewhere between 250-350 cars being destroyed during filming it probably did a lot to ultimately increase the Charger's value. This, in turn, has arguably led to a lot more cars being saved.

If you wanted a Charger R/T back in 1969 the base price was $3,592. Dodge made 18,344 of them with a 440 V8.

Factory options on this car include: power steering ($100) and power brakes ($49).

This Charger R/T is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos´╗┐)

Original Charger TV Commercial

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