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I think it’s likely that you’ve heard of the 1969 Dodge Charger. It’s pretty safe to say that all car lovers have probably heard of the infamous Charger at one point or another. Whether you know anything else, I’m not sure, but what you should know is that the Charger has made its name in history.
The origins of the Charger
Launched in 1966, it’s easy to say the Dodge Charger was instantly popular. It featured the fastback body style that was at the peak of its popularity in the 60s and if that wasn’t enough, it even came with plenty of power and a classic rival o the Mustang. Paired with the legendary 426 Hemi, the 1966 Dodge Charger was capable of 425 bhp @5000 rpm. Not too shabby for a first generation car. It was a revolutionary engine that really put the Charger at the forefront of the motoring industry.
The evolution of the 1969 Dodge Charger
The 1969 Dodge Charger had very little changed from the previous version except for an updated grille and new taillights. They didn’t stop there; Dodge produced a number of different versions including the R/T with a 440 cubic inch V8 engine, the Se which included leather and vinyl interiors, modifications to the dashboard, wheel covers and the turn signal indicators. If that wasn’t enough, Dodge also went on to produce the Charger 500, but this model was soon redesigned not only because of changing standards but an attempt to compete in NASCAR. The redesign was known as the Daytona Charger and could reach almost 200mph, leading to a win by Bobby Isaac in February 1969. Success.
But what is it that makes the 1969 Dodge Charger so great? I mean apart from the revolutionary hemi engine, breakthrough in NASCAR racing and a general popularity with the public, why it’s big screen moments of course.
Ever heard of The Dukes of Hazzard? Then you’ve probably been familiar with the sight of ‘The General Lee’. The beloved TV series that ran between 1975 and 1985 featured a 1969 Dodge Charger that also sparked consumer interest. The car’s design included a Confederate battle flag painted on the hood with the name ‘General Lee’ – and the number ’01’ – painted on each door. Suddenly the car had its very own ‘cool’ factor. This one is an amazing replica. It doesn’t quite have all the characteristics yet it’s still recognizable as one of the best loved TV cars.
So what’s your opinion of the 1969 Dodge Charger? I’m going to admit that the paintjob on the blue one is a little dull, but I really do like this car and think it’s a great American classic. Despite being a little on the uninteresting side – I mean red would look good – this dark green is perhaps a winner? What do you think?