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1969 Dodge Charger R/T SE 440 Hemi 4-speed Original Western Car - Super Clean

1969 Dodge Charger

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See main description. A mostly restored original R/T SE 4-speed car, with most of its original metal

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Santa Clara, California, United States
 
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1969 Dodge Charger
VIN#: XS29L9G211072
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: See main description. A mostly restored original R/T SE 4-speed car, with most of its original metal and components.
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): XS29L9G211072 Make: Dodge
Interior Color: Tan leather Model: Charger
Number of Cylinders: 8 Year: 1969
Transmission: Manual Trim: R/T SE
Body Type: Hardtop Engine: 440-4
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty Drive Type: Rear wheel Dana 60 3.54:1
Vehicle Title: Clear Mileage: 99,000
For Sale By: Private Seller Exterior Color: Dark Bronze Metallic

Listed here is a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T SE 440-4 Hemi 4-speed that I have owned for nearly 6 years.  It’s been a great car, but it’s time for me to pass it on to someone who will have more time for it (I’m just too busy with too many other activities). However, I’m not desperate to unload it, so there is no urgency to sell it at a lowball price.  I do have very reasonable reserve set, considering the condition, completeness and scarcity of a Charger R/T of this kind.  Is it perfect?  No.  Is it a really nice driver with everything there and working?  Yes.  You’d be more than hard pressed to find another like this at my reserve price, if you found one at all.  ’69 R/T 4-speeds are hard enough to come by these days.  I’m sure you could take this to a local show tomorrow and win a trophy.

This particular car was originally sold in Arizona. It spent its early life there until coming to California in the 80’s. After sitting for a while (it was last registered in 1990 before I bought/registered it in 2008), the car was mostly restored in 2007 by a locally known Mopar guy in the Placerville, CA area.  I won’t call it a full blown restoration because it wasn’t put on a rotisserie and completely stripped of everything.  But at that time, most everything was replaced, rebuilt and/or refurbished.

I have an original picture (and some other original bills of sale) of the car from the early 70’s that appears it had seen some life drag racing.  I’m guessing that because the original engine is no longer with the car, but a correct date-coded warranty (unstamped) 440 HP block now resides in the car.  The other components on the engine appear to be date-correct.  The original numbers-matching transmission is still with the car, which is operating just fine, as is the original 3.54 geared 9-3/4 Dana.  The car also has a fender tag, and two buildsheets (see images), along with other older bill of sales documents, and original manuals.  Also included is a reproduction window sticker.

BODY: Being that this has always been a Western car, it still retains most of the original sheet metal.  Some of the trunk pan was replaced, and I believe some patches in the rear quarters, when the car was redone.  Overall, I’d rate the paint and body work at about a 7 out of 10.  There are some areas that could have been done better, with minor imperfections, but I’m very picky.  The paint is pretty good and has held up well, but there are some minor chips/blemishes here and there from use over the past 6 years. All the stainless/bright work was redone or replaced. The tail lights are nice originals.  The flip gas cap is a new reproduction.  Bumpers have been re-chromed and are in excellent condition.  The grill is an original that has been restored to look like new.  The parking lamp lenses are new reproduction. The black vinyl top is brand new from Legendary and professionally installed.  The reverse lights are complete and restored to like new.  The side marker reflectors are new.  The front windshield is new, but all the other glass is original with some scratches as usually seen.  Panel gaps and alignment are good, but again, not perfect.  The passenger door needs the hinge rebuilt since it slightly sags.

INTERIOR: The interior was completely redone… new carpet, headliner, dash pad, pedal pads, seat covers, seat belts, door panels.  The upper door pads were re-dyed, but the front ones should be replaced at some point (they look fine, but aren’t perfect).  All armrest pads are in excellent condition, and the chrome bases are new. All light package lamps are present and work, including the lights-on buzzer.  The rallye gauges were restored (all switches & gauges work) and all the wood grain dash and bezel pieces were replaced with reproduction pieces.  The console was redone and is in decent shape but could be better, and the original Hurst shifter is in place with a new boot.  The original AM radio works perfectly.  The original wood grain steering wheel was restored, and done pretty well, but not perfect.  Note, when the gauges were restored, the odometer read (which I believe was original) 97xxx, but I had it reset to 0 when redone.  Thus actual mileage is somewhere around 99000, with under 3000 since the restoration.

ENGINE: As mentioned before, the original numbers-matching block is gone, but a correct date coded warranty HP block is in its place (see pictures).  It was rebuilt to stock specifications and runs just fine on pump premium gas.  The intake & exhaust manifolds have correct date codes, as do the heads.  I put a NOS 4640S Carter AVS carb on the car with correct date code (still have the original 4617), but it needs a good tuning (probably partly from sitting too much).  All spark plug wire retainers are in place, holding correct date-coded reproduction wires.  The usually missing power steering cooler is present on the rebuilt power steering pump. All the correct brackets, clamps, brake booster, etc are there.  A new engine wire harnesses was installed, and the other originals that were still in good condition were re-wrapped with the original style non-stick vinyl wrap.  The original dual-point distributor has been replaced by a Mopar performance electronic setup, and NOS coil.  The engine runs well, but I think it needs a good dyno-tuning and re-curving of the distributor to get more power out of the 440 (and carb adjusting).  I upgraded the original 055 radiator with an original 054 HEMI radiator (had it re-cored) for better cooling.  That is a nice (and expensive) upgrade.  I don’t have the original 055 radiator though. Also just put a new battery in recently.

UNDERSIDE: From the photos, you can see that the original undercoating (plus a re-spray of it) still resides on the car.  You can also see a new stock reproduction exhaust system is in place, with the correct factory chrome tips.  Some of the wear parts on the front suspension (sway bar bushings and end links, ball joints/covers) were replaced, but not much detailing done.  The same can be said for the rear suspension.  This is one area that could use more attention/detailing/rebuilding.  The tires have less than 3000 miles on them, so are like new. The magnum 500 rims, while not correct for ’69, make the car look much better in my opinion.  They are new 15x8 front and back, with new center caps and nuts.  Sorry, I don’t have the original 14” rims, but do have the hub caps.  There is an original spare in trunk, with a new reproduction redline tire.

CODES: Here is the breakdown of some of the more important codes off the fender tag/buildsheets:

XS29 -       Charger R/T
L9G -          440, 1969, St. Louis Plant
211072 -    sequence number
E86 -          440 4bbl Magnum
D21 -          A-833 4-speed
CRT -         Tan leather interior
T3 -            Light bronze metallic paint for interior of doors
T7 -            Dark bronze metallic paint exterior
V1X -          black vinyl top
V8X -          black transverse stripe
A01 -          Light Package (trunk lamp, glove box lamp, map lamp, etc)
A04 -          Basic Group Package (AM radio, power steering, etc)
A33 -          Track Pack (3.54 Dana)
A47 -          Special Edition Package (wood grain dash, pedal dress up, leather, etc)
B51 -          Power brakes
C16 -          Center Console
C55 -          Bucket seats
G33 -          Remote side mirror
R11 -          AM radio
S81 -          Wood grain steering wheel

 

For those that aren’t as familiar with Charger production, finding a 1969 4-Speed Charger R/T is not trivial.  From the factory, only 3605, just 20% of all 440-4 R/T Chargers made that year were 4-speeds.  There are no exact numbers for R/T’s with the new-for-1969 Special Edition (SE, code A47) package, but let’s say one-third came with it, which means about 1200 4-speed R/T SE cars were made.  Let’s optimistically assume one-third of those survived this long, which takes the number down to about 400 cars, but I’d say it’s likely fewer than 100 that still exist.  I guess what I’m saying is good luck finding another (if having a 4-speed with the SE option matters to you).

If the reserve is met, I’ll throw in some spare Charger parts with the car, like the original hubcaps, extra wiring harnesses, kick panels, original dual point distributor, etc.  I’ll even throw in the car cover.  I’ll be happy to take and send any additional pictures you request, and can do a video if needed.

I’m listing the car via other means as well, so I may end the auction at any time if the right offer presents itself, so don’t wait to bid.

 

THE LEGAL STUFF: Please note that all sales are binding and final. The car is sold "as-is" with no warranty expressed or implied. Please carefully read the terms & conditions of the sale before bidding. Winning this auction does not entitle you to come inspect the car and decide if you want to buy it after the fact, but obligates you to complete the purchase!  A $1000.00 deposit via PayPal is due within 24 hours of the auction close ... NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you have ZERO feedback on eBay, please call or email me to request authority to bid on the vehicle. I won’t release the reserve price, as this would be unfair to the other bidders, so please don't ask.

If you would like to do an inspection prior to bidding, contact me ASAP and I will do all I can to accommodate you or a representative you send to look the car over.  All shipping arrangements are the responsibility of the buyer, but I will help in whatever way I can make it as painless as possible.  However, do NOT ask me to drive it to a shipping terminal, unless you accept the responsibility that something bad could possibly happen in the process.  I’d recommend you deal with the shipper for those requests, to deliver it door to door.

 

 


On Apr-20-14 at 14:06:37 PDT, seller added the following information:

Here is a link to more pictures (some duplicates too, of ones in the listing, but more resolution).

https://thecarpentersfamilypicturesite.shutterfly.com/1668

I'm uploading a couple videos too, but it's taking a while.  I'll post a link to those once they are there.

 

 

 


On Apr-20-14 at 19:41:56 PDT, seller added the following information:

Here are a couple of short walk around videos:

https://thecarpentersfamilypicturesite.shutterfly.com/1704

https://thecarpentersfamilypicturesite.shutterfly.com/1703

 

 

 

 


On Apr-21-14 at 15:45:35 PDT, seller added the following information:

Just posting a little more information based on questions I've been getting.  And also a reminder that I have this listed on other sites, and am getting more responses from those.  If you are serious about owning this car, I'd suggest bidding what you really want to spend sooner rather than later in the auction, because I may end the auction early if I get the offer I'm looking for from one of the other sites.

To be clear, the motor doesn't need to be taken apart.  It was rebuilt to stock specs in 2007 and has less than 3000 miles since.  I was just suggesting a good dyno tuning to dial in the carb, timing and re-curve the distributor to maximize power.  You could also upgrade the coil and Mopar orange box to a Rev-a-nator (or the like) to help as well.

As for the body repairs, the center section of the trunk pan was replaced, but the side extensions appear to be the originals (look at the link of the extra pictures I posted). As to whether the car has ever been in a wreck or not, I can't say for certain, but there are some areas that look like non-factory welds, so it is possible. Else it could have been patch work in the restoration. I honestly don't know for sure. All the floor pans look to be originals, and are very nice.  The doors are solid/rust free, etc.

I was also asked would I drive it across the country.  Well, as with any car that is 45+ years old, reliability is tough to guage. Would I take this to any car show within a 60 mile radius and not worry? Yes. Would I drive it across the country and expect no problem? No. It's not realistic with any car this old, unless you do all the work yourself, putting in all new mechanical components. That's when you can be close to 100% certain.

 


On Apr-22-14 at 14:59:10 PDT, seller added the following information:

I forgot to mention in the main listing that the hood hinges will likely need to be replaced in the near future.  They hold the hood up just fine, but they are worn such that the hood doesn't sit down all the way without an extra push after you close it.  Not a significant issue, but wanted to mention it.

 

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