An Overview Of The 1969 Dodge Charger
When you think of the 1969 Dodge Charger the General Lee from the famous show Dukes of Hazard comes to mind. The overall design of this vehicle was different from previous years. Some of the notable changes include a new trim line and a new design for the headlights.
The classier models offered leather seats and wood grain on the control panel. They also featured a sunroof. However, only 260 of them were sold with the sunroof so a 1969 Dodge Charger with that feature is worth a great deal of money in todays market. Almost 90,000 of these vehicles were made in all.
This was one of the popular muscle cars of this era that came out. The biggest competitor it had was the 1969 Chevy Camaro that was more affordable and that people loved. Yet the Dodge Charger offered more customization. For example there were six different engine options that a person could choose from. They could get the amount of power that they wanted behind such an amazing looking vehicle.
The 1969 Daytona 500 was won by Bobby Isaac using a 1969 Dodge Charger, and that further fueled the desire for one. People saw them as the ultimate in handling and in speed. The base model sold brand new for just about $4,000 at that time. The upgraded model (RT) fully loaded was about $1,000 more. The SE model was the most expensive around $5,500 and it was also the most expensive of all muscle cars offered that particular year by vehicle manufacturers.
The 1969 Dodge Charger was offered in a variety of colors with 13 of them available. They were all hard top vehicles which did turn off those that were interested in a convertible vehicle. That market was turning to the Chevy Camaro or the Ford Mustang.
Due to the fact that so many people loved the Dukes of Hazard, there was an increase in the number of people that just had to have one. There were also thousands of them sold to the filming crew for the movie too. They were destroying them at astronomical numbers in the beginning.
As filming technology progressed though they were relying more and more on scaling models that allowed it to look like the real thing was being used in stunts. Still, in the late 1960s and early 1970s this was a very common vehicle found out on the road. The popularity of it began to wane though when fuel prices started to increase. Then people just couldnt see the economical value of driving such a vehicle for day to day use.
Today the 1969 Dodge Charger is harder to come by but they do make an appearance at various car shows and out there on the drag racing circuit. They have been restored and upgraded and they are valued at thousands of dollars more than they were early on. It is easy enough to find parts for restoring them though which does help with that end of it.
You can find new parts, used parts from junk yards, and you can also go to swap meets to see what is offered. If you own a 1969 Dodge Charger you want to be able to keep it looking as good as you can. The overall value of it will only continue to increase as the years pass by.
Many people mistakenly identify the 1970 Dodge Charger in the Fast and Furious hit as a 1969. While they are similar in style though this isnt the same year of vehicle. It does further show the history and significance of the Dodge Charger and the legacy it continues to have today.