Posted Juerg Weidmann on June 08, 2011
When people think muscle cars, Dodge Charger comes to mind. If you wanted to be noticed as a guy with a hot car, the Dodge Charger would have been your choice, especially the 1969 model.
This is probably due to the fact that the "Dukes of Hazzard" featured this car in the show. The name for their 1969 Dodge Charger was, General Lee. It had a customized horn that played the Dixie anthem, and it frequently was making dare devil jumps. While the Dodge Charger changes styles frequently, the 1969 is probably one of the most popular years for Dodge. The 1969 Dodge Charger used the same body from the previous year, but there was a noticeable difference in the divided chrome grille and the taillight treatment.
The 1969 Dodge Charger came with only one body style, the two door hard top, but it had an array of different models. The special edition (SE) was luxurious, the base model, and the R/T (Road and Track). Two racing editions were offered, the 500 and the Daytona.
The R/T edition came with duel exhausts, red-line tires, special handling package, and manually adjusted brakes. The R/T model was priced at $3,600.00. The SE model offered sunroofs, but only 260 of the installations were sold. Other SE luxury options included a wood grained steering wheel, chrome rocker moldings, and leather inserts to the front seats. In 1969, the Charger daytona was only improved on minor issues. The biggest news that came with the release of the new model is that the Dodge Charger Daytona was now easily identified by its larger vertical tail stabilizer and its front nose extension. Like the year before, this year charger was also available with the magnum 440 engine with 375 horsepower, or the hemi. The retail price for this car was $4,000.00.
The Charger 500 came standard with the 426 hemi. It also came standard with the same torqueflite that came on the same prototype that had a white interior, and was painted in B5 blue with the white stripe. The engineers went back to the wind tunnels to find out what was causing drag on the car in races. They found that the rear window caused an unnecessary lift. They fixed that issue along with replacing gaping mouth with a 1968 coronet grille. No matter what style you got from the 1969 Dodge Charger, you were in style. Whether you got the base model, the R/T, the SE, the R/T-SE or the racing editions, you had authority by owning this car. Perhaps it was solely based on the fact that the popular, "Dukes of Hazzard" placed the spot light on the car. The 1969 Dodge Charger was a muscle car that was made to perform.
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