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A wide array of models were offered as part of the 1969 Dodge Charger line-up, including the base model, a more luxurious Special Edition 'SE,' two racing editions - the 500 and the Daytona - and the hot-performing R/T. However, only one body style was offered - a two-door hardtop.

The 1969 Charger continued to use the body from the previous year, which had been beautifully restyled from a flashback style to a semi-fastback design. The design differences are easily distinguished by a new divided grille and taillight treatment that was used in 1969.

The high-performance R/T featured dual exhausts with chrome tips, Red Line tires, a special handling package and heavy duty, manually-adjusted brakes. This Charger is powered by a 375 horsepower, 440 cubic-inch V-8 engine and features a Hurst four-speed transmission. The factory price for a Dodge Charger R/T in 1969 was nearly $3,600.
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Chassis Num: XP29G9B388140
 
Sold for $52,000 at 2013 Bonhams.
Over the course of seven years the simplistic, and yet, attractive lines of a Dodge Charger flew across the television screens and imaginations of people throughout the United States. Finished in bright orange and topped off with a rebel flag and the curious nickname 'General Lee', the 1969 Dodge Charger would go from just another muscle car to one never to be forgotten again.

It is believed that more than 300 Dodge Chargers would be used over the course of the seven years of the famous Dukes of Hazzard television show. The price of fame for the vast majority of those that would take part of the show would be nothing more than a moment of fame and a heap of scrap metal.

The toll the show took on the numbers of period Dodge Chargers would be such that it was widely rumored that toward the end of the shows career the production team would actually have a hard time locating any 1969-1970 Chargers. It is amazing to think that such an iconic car would barely actually exist in reality. But, there would be a handful that would avoid the disastrous gauntlet and would remain intact for fans to reminisce and drool over.

One such 'General Lee' that would survive to rigors of fame and The Dukes of Hazzard life being chased by the inept sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane, would be a 1969 Dodge Charger, chassis number XP29G9B388140.

This particular 'General Lee' would be just one of the stunt cars used in the show but that would survive without any serious damage. Unrestored, XP29G9B388140 still retains the original copy of the original purchase agreement between Warner Bros and Jay Ohrberg. The date of the agreement was confirmed for September 5th, 1986.

Following the conclusion of the television show, the Dodge Charger would be rather forgotten until, in 1998, the car would change hands. Then, in 2001, the car again would be sold. This time the car would be a part of the Hollywood Rock and Roll Museum in Branson, Missouri, but this would last for just a short period of time, until the car would again be sold at the end of 2001 to yet another interested owner.

The 1969 Dodge Charger would remain in the possession of its owner for a period of a few years. Then, in 2005, the car would again be sold. The cult icon would be sold to its current owner and would remain as a proud figure in the collection until being offered, once again, at the 2013 Bonhams auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Still sporting its 383ci V8 engine and a four-speed manual transmission, XP29G9B388140, remains in running condition and still retains its bright orange, famous livery made famous by the '80s television program. Documented and unrestored, the car retains its originality and, as a result, its cult appeal as well.

Heading to the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, the 1969 Dodge Charger 'General Lee', chassis number XP29G9B388140 would be estimated to draw between $55,000 and $65,000. Certainly an affordable sum for an iconic car that became every bit as big a star as the actors.

Sources:
'Lot 310: An Original 'Dukes of Hazzard' Stunt car, 1969 Dodge Charger 'General Lee' Chassis no. XP29G9B388140', (http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20582/lot/310/). Bonhams. http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20582/lot/310/. Retrieved 7 January 2013.

'Movie Mopars: The Dukes of Hazzard', (http://www.moviemopars.www6.50megs.com/doh/general.html). Moviemopars. http://www.moviemopars.www6.50megs.com/doh/general.html. Retrieved 7 January 2013.

'The Dukes of Hazard General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger', (http://www.starcarstn.com/GeneralLee.html). Hollywood: StarCars. http://www.starcarstn.com/GeneralLee.html. Retrieved 7 January 2013.

By Jeremy McMullen
Hardtop Coupe
 
Although Chrysler had dominated racing with their mighty 426 Hemi, the writing was on the wall when Ford decided to try a different approach utilizing slick aerodynamics. With the newly restyled 1968 Dodge Charger, they found themselves with a beautiful car that quite simply, was not very slippery.

With the tunneled grille and deep-set rear window, the new Chargers were actually less aerodynamic than their predecessors. To make things worse, Ford introduced their aerodynamic Talladega. Dodge engineers had to move quickly to produce a competitive alternative that would keep the traffic flowing to the showrooms. The answer was the limited production 1969 Charger 500.

Although rules stated that a minimum run of 500 production vehicles must be produced for public consumption, it is believed that fewer than 400 were actually built. This particular Charger 500 is one of 103 produced with the 375 hp. 440 cubic-inch engine backed by the Torqueflite automatic transmission. Of special note are the flush-mounted grille, borrowed from the Dodge Coronet, and the special flush-mounted rear window which required extensive body work and special trim, exclusive features of the 500 models for '69.

This particular example is an unrestored, original paint car in R4 Bright Red with a white bucket seat interior
Hardtop Coupe
 
Responding to Ford's dive into advanced aerodynamics for racing in 1969, Dodge introduced the slippery Charger 500 in September 1968. With Ford taking the spotlight and adding numerous victories to its resume, Dodge was not about to sit back and relax. Utilizing a flush-mounted front grille borrowed from the Coronet and a special rear window treatment eliminating the tunneled window of the regular Charger helped, but would only open the door to what would follow.

With a base price of $3,842 and the optional 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, priced at a whopping $648.20, under the hood, Dodge would gain notoriety on the tracks and more importantly, in the showrooms nationwide. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough to allow Dodge to return to dominance. It would, however, open the eyes of the engineers who could make it happen.

This beautiful 1969 Dodge Charger 500 is one of a mere 116 produced, and the only known example to feature the B5 Bright Blue finish with a blue interior and numerous options. It recently underwent a full Concours restoration by The Finer Details of Danville, IL, and has since garnered numerous national level awards.

This vehicle is a prime example of Mopar's attempt to return to NASCAR dominance. It is believed to be the one and only 85 blue metallic, blue interior Hemi 4-speed Charger 500 in existence.
The Dodge Charger was produced from 1966 through 1978, 1983 through 1987, and again beginning in 2006. Since its inception, the impressive performance and stylish bodies made the Charger an instant success. During its introductory year, 37,344 examples were produced.

The Dodge Charger was based on the Dodge Coronet platform, but with a fastback roofline. The headlights were retractable which resulted in a sportier appearance for the vehicle. The interior had four bucket seats with the rear seats able to be folded down that provided ample space for cargo. Under the hood was a 318 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine that produced 230 horsepower. Optional was the 361 and 426 cubic-inch Hemi, available in various configurations. The 426 Hemi produced 425 horsepower and would set the buyer back $1000, a considerable cost considering the base price was $3122. Only 468 of the Hemi option were purchased.

In 1967 Dodge added the 440 cubic-inch Magnum to the Charger model line. With 375 horsepower, it was a cheaper option than the Hemi and easy to tune. The 318 cubic-inch was still the standard option with the 426 Hemi the top-of-the-line producing 45 horsepower and 490 foot-pounds of torque. The production total for the Charger in 1967 was around 15,000 with 118 of those selecting the Hemi engine.

The 1968 Charger was redesigned, now with hidden headlights and a curvy body. The design was a success and sales soared to over 92,000 units. The Hemi option was available, with around 470 buyers opting for the option. The R/T package was a popular option with 17,665 buyers. Standard on the R/T performance package was the 440 Magnum engine producing 375 horsepower. Many argue that the 1968 was the most appealing muscle car of all 1960's era.

For 1969, Dodge decided to make only minor improvements to the Charger. The grille now had a chrome center divider. Two new Charger models were available. The Charger 500 was a performance machine with some styling cues similar to the Dodge Coronet. The big news was the Dodge charger Daytona which is easily identified by its larger vertical tail stabilizer and front nose extension. With just over 500 examples of the Daytona produced, the $4000 vehicle was available with either the Hemi or the 440 engine.

The Charger was redesigned in 1970 and became available in new colors. The SE version added leather seats and an electric sliding sunroof. Dodge introduced the 440 Six Pack which featured three Holley two-barrel carburetors and produced 390 horsepower. In total, there were just over 10,300 Chargers sold in 1970 with 42 of those sales including the 440 Six Pack and 116 opting for the Hemi.

The muscle car era was coming to a close. Government safety regulations, emission controls, and insurance premiums were beginning to force manufacturers into detuning their engines. This was the last year for the mighty Hemi engine, which retained it 425 horsepower rating. The 440 cubic-inc engine was now rated at 370, down by 5 horsepower. The 440 Six Pack also lost five horsepower. The Charger was redesigned and lost a few inches at the wheelbase. Available in SE and R/T trim, it now shared a body with the Super Bee. This body-style design lasted until 1974.

The Rallye was the performance model for the Dodge Charger for the years 1972 through 1974. The Rallye was equipped with the detuned 440 cubic-inch engine with four-barrel carburetors, hydraulic lifters, and five main bearings. The result was 280 horsepower for the years 1972 through 1973. In 1974 the horsepower dipped to 275.

For 1973, Dodge offered the base 318 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine, now rated at 255 horsepower. The 440 was producing 255 horsepower while the 440 Six-Pack produced 330 horsepower. The decrease in horsepower was due to the detuning to comply with government safety and emission regulations and because horsepower was no longer being quoted in terms of gross output but rather in terms of net output. The suspension was reworked resulted in a quieter and more comfortable ride.

The Charger's appearance became sportier in 1974, with minor aesthetic changes and larger quarter windows. The 318 V8 was rated at 175, the 440 V8 produced 280, and the 440 Six Pack produced 330 horsepower. The engine choices remained the same for 1974 but it would be the final year for its sporty persona. In 1975, Dodge repositioned the Charger as a luxury vehicle. They introduced the Charger SE, a near-clone of the Chrysler Cordoba. The SE came equipped with lots of standard equipment and a 360 cubic-inch engine producing 180 horsepower. The slant-six 318 and 400 were available in various configurations. The 360 fitted with a four-barrel, instead of the standard two-barrel carburetor, would increase the horsepower to 200.

In 1978, Dodge replaced the Charger with the Magnum which was basically a name change because the Magnum was identical to the Charger SE. The Charger name has reappeared in recent times, a tribute to the muscle-car phenomenon of the 1960's. The name was also used in the 1980's on the Dodge Omni.

L-Body
The Charger was brought back in 1981 as a performance package on the Omni 024 (and Plymouth Horizon TC3), called the Charger 2.2. The Charger 2.2 option may have improved the styling and performance of the Omni, but it was nothing like the Charger of the 1960's. The Charger 2.2 was given a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine that produced 85 horsepower. A hood scoop and a rear spoiler added to the performance look, but did little to improve the overall performance. The aesthetics were updated in 1982, improving upon the performance persona with the addition of side scoops mounted behind the front wheels.

The base engine, a 1.7-liter unit that produced 70 horsepower, was produced by Volkswagen. In 1983, Volkswagen ceased production of the engine. A new engine was found at Peugeot. Upon the addition of the new engine, Chrysler renamed the Omni 024 to Charger.

In 1984, quad headlights were added to the Charger making it easier to distinguish from its sibling, the Omni.

In 1987 production ceased for the Charger, Turismo, Omni, and Horizon.

Shelby Charger
In 1983 Carroll Shelby made modifications to the Charger that included both mechanical and aesthetic improvements, increasing the performance of the vehicle. All major aspects of the vehicle were updated, including the suspension, brakes, steering, engine, and transmission. The front-end was modified and racing stripes traversed the entire length of the vehicle. In its first year, over 8200 examples were sold.

In 1984 the engine was again addressed, this time horsepower improved by around 5. An automatic transmission was became available, as did a new red exterior paint color. The other colors available were black with silver stripes, blue with silver stripes, and silver with blue stripes.

In 1985 a MPFI turbo-charged was installed, raising horsepower to nearly 150. Little was changed in the following years with production ceasing in 1987 after nearly 16400 examples of the turbo-version produced. 1,000 of the last Dodge Shelby Chargers were purchased by Carroll Shelby and converted them into the Shelby Charger CLHS. The vehicles were rebadged with the Shelby logo replacing the Dodge logo. Using Knoi adjustable shocks and struts, the suspension was greatly improved. The tires were improved Z-tires and the intercooler and components of the Turbo II engine were installed. All were painted in black.

2005 Charger
source: Dodge
One of the biggest names from the muscle car era – powered its way out of its storied past and onto the stage at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Charger coming off the line and out of garages create a new reputation for the Dodge legend, featuring a modern design to back up its 21st century muscle car power, sports car handling and cutting-edge technology.

With a 250-horsepower High Output V-6 engine or the optional 340-horsepower HEMI® engine powering large 18-inch rear wheels, the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger races into the car market with bold, provocative styling and substance without losing the convenience of a modern sedan.

The all-new 2006 Dodge Charger features rear-wheel drive with near 50/50 weight distribution and advanced technologies that offer superb ride and responsive handling in all surface and traction conditions.

The Multiple Displacement System (MDS) on the Dodge Charger's HEMI engine seamlessly deactivates four cylinders in just 40 milliseconds – quicker than a blink of an eye – when full V-8 power is not needed, improving fuel economy by up to 20 percent. The HEMI engine with MDS completed more than 6.5 million customer-equivalent miles through the Chrysler Group's development and durability testing.

After a 30-year absence, Charger returns to the track beginning in February 2005. The historic Dodge Charger nameplate returns to NASCAR Nextel Cup competition as the successor to the race-winning Dodge Intrepid race cars of 2001- 2004, and to the storied Dodge Charger race cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s that earned several national championships.

Following the adage that 'racing improves the breed,' motorsports competition has long been part of the Dodge heritage. From engineering labs in Auburn Hills, Mich., to shop floors in Charlotte, N.C., Dodge, its teams and its dealers live the philosophy it takes to be successful in the ultra-competitive world of racing.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2009
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