Who could forget all those 1969 Chargers destroyed while filming the Dukes of Hazzard? As a child of the eighties, I aspired to own the General Lee when I was old enough to drive. But with age comes a certain car-buying wisdom, and good judgment has prevailed -- there's no way I would drive an orange Charger with the doors welded shut and a confederate battle flag emblazoned on the roof.
But I would totally drive this awesome '66 fastback in factory correct mauve metallic.
Dodge introduced the Charger in 1966 and aimed it squarely at its competitors from Ford. It was designed to be larger and better appointed than pony cars like the Mustang, but more manageable than those giant "personal luxury" cars such as the Thunderbird. And dealers insisted that the new Charger had to be distinct from its Mopar brethren such as the Plymouth Barracuda.
Every 1966 shipped as a fastback coupe and came with a V-8 powerplant under the hood. The Charger also reintroduced hideaway headlights, a feature not found since the early 1940s on a Chrysler product. With ample power and aggressive styling, it was -- and still is -- the quintessential muscle car.
This particular example shows just 75,000 miles on the odometer, and its very straight body and excellent overall condition attest to the low mileage. The interior is mostly original, although the seats have been reupholstered in correct (NOS) material. Dodge offered three different V-8 engines in '66; this example has a 361 mated to an automatic transmission. This Charger also came equipped with power steering.
The car is correct to the paint/trim codes and looks fantastic inside and out. She's pretty much stock, aside from a Flowmaster exhaust and some better-than-factory dressing up under the hood. The dash and gauges look great, the original door panels and carpet show very little wear and the glass is excellent. The bright work and trim show well, including the front grill and rear taillight area which are prone to pitting and cracking. The Fratzog emblem on the trunk lid looks like new and the electroluminescent gauge backlighting is functional.
But the best thing about this car is the very rare, correct mauve metallic paint. We tried hard to capture the color just right (and I daresay we've done a good job), but you really have to see it in person to appreciate. Some of the Mopar colors from the muscle car era were, dare I say, a bit gaudy. But this color is actually quite subtle and appears as silvery-grey with a tasteful hint of mauve. It looks just incredible on this Charger, especially paired with the spotless cream interior.
If you're interested in taking a look in person, give us a call at 404-692-5250.
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