1969 Dodge Charger
The Charger was left virtually
untouched. They added a center grille divider, and recessed
taillights. The backup lights moved to below the rear bumper. The
options remained the same, except there was a SE package that was
available on the base and R/T's the package included leather front
seats along with simulated wood on the dash and steering wheel.
The Charger 500, with a Coronet
grille and a flush rear window, was built by Creative Industries;
500 were sold in accordance with NASCAR rules. It was a match for
Ford's new aerodynamic racing models, but was not overwhelming.
Chrysler had an ace up their sleeve, though: the product of
extensive wind tunnel testing, the
Charger Daytona included a massive rear spoiler and an
aero nose. No other car could match it on the track (in top
speed), with its standard 440 and optional Hemi. However, its
looks, notable today, were not appreciated in 1969.
Dodge Chargers of the 1970s
In 1970, a front loop bumper and a
new taillight treatment was added. The R/T got simulated scoops on
the door, and a longitudal stripe instead of the rear
The engine options remained the
same except a 440 6 pack (3 2 barrel Holley carbs mounted on an
Edelbrock intake manifold) was added.
The 500 was now a dressed up base
model with the 318 as standard equipment. The SE package was still
available, but only with the redesigned (optional) bucket seats.
Unlike other Chrysler intermediates, the Charger did not have
1971 brought an attractive restyled
Charger that lacked the punch of its predecessors. With a
Pontiac-like grille and high beltline, it look even bigger than it
was. The wheelbase was 2" shorter and the length was
decreased by 3".
The six charger models in 1971
included a base, hardtop, 500, SE, R/T, and
The Charger Super Bee became
Dodge's street racer. It replaced the Coronet Super Bee with a
standard 300HP 383 and floor mounted 3 speed manual. Optional
engines were the 440 six
pack and the 426 hemi.
Top of the line was the Charger R/T
with its standard 440 Magnum V8 rated at 370 HP. Optional was the
440 six pack and 426 hemi. The R/T used the same hood and
tape side treatment as the Super Bee, but two additional stripes
on each door simulated vents.
1971 proved to be the last high
performance Charger. From 1972 to 1974 the performance model
was the Rallye, with a detuned 440 engine available.
440 Magnum V8