1969 Dodge Charger
The 1969 Dodge Charger is one of the most famous muscle cars of all time. It goes without saying that most people consider this vehicle to be a classic. Although the 1969 Charger was similar in many ways to those of the past, there were some changes that gave it a distinct look and feel.
When compared to past models, the 69 Dodge Charger can be easily distinguished by the new grille and center divider. This change gave the front end of the car a more aggressive appearance that buyers were craving at the time.
A new trim line was also made available: the Special Edition (SE). Dodge even made this trim available with the popular R/T – making for an R/T-SE. Buying the SE model meant getting leather inserts for the front seats, wood grain steering wheel and dash, and chrome rocker moldings. Although these upgrades did not have anything to do with performance, they were well received nonetheless.
A sunroof option was also made available on the 1969 Charger. Believe it or not, it was very rarely ordered. In fact, Dodge only installed this option on approximately 260 cars.
So, what made the 69 Charger so popular? When the car was featured in the popular television series, The Dukes of Hazzard, the Charger really took off. It was named the “General Lee” in the show, and many people believe it to be the most recognizable car in the world – even to this day. If it were not for The Dukes of Hazzard it is safe to say that the 1969 Dodge Charger rt may have never gained so much popularity.
Two race inspired models of the 1969 Dodge Charger were available: the Daytona and the 500. These cars were more than just your average run of the mill Charger. Instead, they were meant to be powerful cars that could outperform the competition at every turn of the road.
Engine selections included the base 225 Slant Six, as well as five V8’s. The most powerful V8 engine was a 425 horsepower known as the “Street Hemi.” This may sound familiar as Dodge has just recently begun to use the Hemi name once again. Although the 1969 Dodge Charger with the Hemi is talked about quite a bit, only 400 or so of these cars were produced.
In 1969 Dodge sold approximately 85,000 Chargers. To this day, the 1969 Dodge Charger is still one of the most recognizable cars of the past.