The Dodge Charger is one of the most famous muscle cars of all time, and the legendary 1969 Dodge Charger R/T also remains one of enthusiasts’ favorite classic American muscle cars. To give even more fame, the TV show from the 80s was also called The Dukes of Hazzard, the General Lee featured bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. The Dodge Charger is a medium-sized two-door rear-wheel drive hardtop based on the Chrysler B platform. In 1968 the R/T models debuted in the showrooms. For the most part, however, 1969 was the golden year of the Chargers.
Dodge could no longer ignore the protests of the Dodge dealers, which were decimated by the sale of the new Ford Mustang in 1965. Dealers asked Dodge for a ‘Mustang killer’, preferably for a different market than the small, Valiant based Barracuda. Dodge’s answer was the 1966 Dodge Charger.
The first generation Dodge Charger had one of the widest fastback roofs and rear windows in the industry. It was huge, on the side of a slab and had a luxurious interior. The interior featured four bucket seats, a center console running the length of the cab, leather and wood grain. The first-generation Charger was an experiment, a high-end vehicle without the Chrysler brand that was presumably aimed at a younger audience.
Let’s tell you more about this great muscle car through the best features of the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T.
The legendary 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
The R/T is a performance designation used on Dodge vehicles. The launch of the Charger R/T (Rush & Track) was aimed at users who needed a powerful adrenaline rush at an affordable price. To achieve this, the 440 four-cylinder V8 provided the base power, while the heavy-duty suspension controlled the handling. This technique was so impressive that it was continued with resounding success until 1969.
Charger R/T models come standard with stronger engines, updated suspensions, performance tires and upgraded brakes. It also had sportier trim, bold liveries and racing stripes. On the 1969 Charger R/Ts, the 440 Magnum engine is standard, while the NASCAR-inspired 426 Hemi engine is available as an option. Since only 432 Hemi Chargers have been built, they are extremely rare. Multiple published documents from Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division show that a total of 18,776 Charger R/Ts were built in 1969, of which only 432 received the 426 Hemi.
The 1969 Dodge Charger R/T: an engineering masterpiece!
To participate in the emerging muscle car craze, Dodge needed a mid-sized car. As a result, Dodge Studios created the new Dodge Coronet for 1966. The Charger was created by changing the deck lid, roofline, side panels and grille. The car was updated in 1968. New hood and trunk lines, scalloped doors and a Coke bottle side profile were also among the changes. The new Charger was a hit and quickly became a classic.
Charger remained unchanged for 1969 except for a few minor changes. The redesigned grille with a center divider was the most visible change. There are also new horizontal taillights. The bumblebee stripe on the back has also been adjusted.
Now each quarter panel has an R/T logo cutout in the middle of a large stripe in the middle of two smaller stripes. Without the stripes, each quarter was decorated with a metal R/T symbol. A new SE (Special Edition) trim option was also introduced for 1969, which was available on both the R/T and Standard Charger variants. Leather front seats are included in the SE level. The dashboard, center console and steering wheel all have a wood grain, as do the chrome rocker moldings. The SE finish made the Charger look luscious. A new sunroof option was also available for the 69′.
In nearly 40 years, the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T still remained one of the most famous classic American muscle cars of all time. Because the car has been featured in multiple movies and TV shows over the years. The General Lee was a gorgeous orange 1969 Dodge Charger R/T that was featured in the TV series Dukes of Hazzard. Each episode featured the orange charger making incredible leaps. About 300 General Lee cars were built for the TV show.
However, the majority of them perished while doing stunts. The TV show aired from 1979 to 1985 and the brilliant orange 1969 Dodge Charger R/T became one of the most iconic TV cars. 2005, The Dukes of Hazzard The orange Charger was again seen in the film.
The price of a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T today
For years, the value of a 1969 Dodge Charger has been steadily rising. The 2005 remake of The Dukes of Hazzard increased the car’s value by 64 percent in just one year: a spotless Charger R/T can cost anywhere from $40,200 to $100,000. The 2005 Kelley Blue Book reports that 1969 charger prices have continued to rise since the 2005 peak.
According to JD Power’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association, a new 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T with a manual transmission is worth at least $46,500, and an automatic transmission is worth at least $57,105. However, because so many Chargers have been made, there are also many cheaper choices. Some muscle car fans even buy chargers from the base 1969 model and convert them into V8 R/T “tribute” vehicles. Others create Restomods that pound the sidewalk. On the other hand, you can get high-quality 1969 Dodge Charger R/Ts for anything between $50,000 and $120,000.
Source: WowMuscleCars, AutoEvolution.