1969 Dodge Charger R/T SE
1969 Charger Collection
The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T SE
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“The 1969 Charger R/T SE was a combination of muscle and luxury. Far better equipped than its cousin, the Plymouth Road Runner, which was not available with a single four-barrel 440, the SE option (Code A47), came with the following items: leather and vinyl bucket seats, sport steering wheel, pedal dress up, light package, deep dish wheel covers, woodgrain instrument panel, hood-mounted turn signals and C-pillar SE emblem.” –Hemmings Muscle Machines, October, 2007
Numbers-matching, original build sheet included, all original body panels and fully restored to showroom condition, this 1969 Dodge Charger R/T SE is one of 20,100 of 69,142 reportedly built for the model year. The “fully restored” terminology is not idle bombast, but rather an accurate description of the car (and its two stablemates as well). The R/T SE's “restoration profile” and history was fully documented by Hemmings in their October 2007 issue of Muscle Machines (copy of the article is included in the sale).
Quoting a previous owner, Hemmings recorded: "'This was a survivor car, all original before the owner went to get it restored, and really not in bad shape,' reports current keeper Louis Barrie, of West Hills, California. 'It had never been hit, though there was some minor work, with little dings and such, that was primed. It was rust-free, it had the original black California plates, and other than the spot-priming here and there, it had the original paint. It even came with the original paper dealer tags--from Moss Brothers in San Bernardino.'” Hemmings expressed their relief at its survivor status adding: “Somehow, thankfully, this gorgeous car escaped the fate that befell more than 300 '69 Chargers gathered up (mostly from southern California) by Warner Brothers prop crews and reportedly destroyed by stunt drivers launching them through the air on the Dukes of Hazzard.”
“Gorgeous” is an apt description of this Charger R/T SE from an expert, unbiased, automobile magazine. From its distinctive split front grille to its equally distinctive black “R/T” stripe across the rear deck, looked at from every possible angle, the car is a delight. More than 200 photographs and a short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website are well worth investing whatever time you like to “inspect” the car online. If loading the photos takes longer than normal, please understand that our servers are being taxed by the high number of folks enjoying these shots.
Under its pristine-condition black vinyl top—showcasing the “SE” badging—and near-flawless Charger red paint, virtually every aspect of the car is properly finished and clean as can be, down to and including the hood-mounted turn signal indicator lights and the beautifully designed fuel-filler door. Non-original red-stripe tires are mounted on original styled steel wheels. The undercarriage is no less impressive: perfect paintwork, pristine dual exhaust pipes (all properly hung), properly finished suspension components, and literally every nut and bolt expertly refinished. The engine bay displays the same high state of condition with the 440 Magnum 4-barrel engine in the correct Mopar factory color surrounded by properly finished and located hardware, hoses and related components, including air-conditioning compressor and power-steering pump. Inside the trunk, the detail continues with factory stickers intact in the correct locations, spare red-stripe tire, jack, and factory floor covering.
The interior of the car reflects the luxury/performance combination characteristic of the R/T SE model. Wood-veneer trim graces the rim of the steering wheel, the full width of the dashboard, and the length of the center console. Door trim includes the “Charger” bespoke medallion and power-window controls. The 150-mph speedometer and full gauge package reflect the R/T model's performance credentials. Tufted black vinyl front bucket seats are correct for the model. All interior lighting—including the console courtesy lights—as well as all gauges and controls are correct and function properly. Windows operate as they should and the glass throughout—including the replaced windshield—is free of noteworthy flaws. Be sure to read many more details of the restoration—including parts sourcing—in the 2007 Hemmings Muscle Machines article.
This Charger is one of three in a collection that took over 15 years to obtain. All three deserve to remain together, and they can be sold as a set. Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing all three. Thank you for looking.