1969 Dodge Charger

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. 

Standard Charger equipment included; all-vinyl bucket seats, deep-pile carpeting, heavy-duty suspension and a choice of 18 exterior colors.

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 Rear View

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 came standard with a 225 cubic inch, six-cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower.  For an extra $106 you could get the base V8, a 230 horsepower, 318 cubic inch block. Under the hood is a 383 cubic inch V8 that which was one of three, 383 variants with prices starting at an extra $176.

1969 Dodge 383 V8 Engine

383 V8

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 back in 1969 the base price was $3,020. Dodge made 69,100 2-door hardtops.

Factory options on this car include: air conditioning ($358), power steering ($100) and power brakes ($49).

This '69 Charger is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Original Charger TV Commercial

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