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1973 Dodge Charger
A new roofline appeared on the 1973 Dodge Charger

1973 Dodge Charger

Again in 1973, the Charger was an intermediate model. The grille was slightly revised and the new taillights featured 22 individual lenses. The most noticeable change thought was probably the new roof line around the quarter windows. The new window line was more conservative than previous years, but was received well by the consumers. The Charger Rallye option was still available and came with a 318 standard. However you could still get the 440-cid 4 BC engine.

 

 

1973 Dodge Charger Specification and Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Charger - Six-Cyl
WL 21 2 Dr Coupe $2,810 3,395 lbs Note 1
WH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,060 3,450 lbs Note 2
Charger - V-8
WL 21 2 Dr Coupe $2,922 3,460 lbs Note 1
WH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,171 3,480 lbs Note 2
Charger SE
WP 29 2 Dr Hardtop Coupe $3,375 3,540 lbs 61,908

Notes:

  1. The combined production of Models WL21 was 11,995.
  2. The combined production of Models WH23 was 45,415.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Charger 6-Cyl/V-8 115 in 212.7 in 77 in 61.9 in 62 in E78 x 14
Charger Rallye 115 in 212.7 in 77 in 61.9 in 62 in F70 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the instrument panel, visible thru the windshield, and on the bottom line of a separate plate(fender tag) under the hood.

Dodge Fender Tag
First Symbol - Car Line
D - Dodge 122" W - Dodge 117/118"
L - Dart W - Charger/Coronet
J - Challenger X - Charger
Second Symbol - Price Class
E - Economy S - Special
L - Low X - Fast Top
M - Medium K - Police
H - High O - Superstock
P - Premium T - Taxi
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Type
21 - 2 Dr. Sedan 41 - 4 Dr. Sedan
23 - 2 Dr. Hardtop 43 - 4 Dr. Hardtop
27 - 2 Dr. Convertible 45 - Station Wagon 2-Seat
29 - 2 Dr. Sports Hardtop 46 - Station Wagon 3-Seat
Fifth Symbol - Engine
(B) 6-198 (N) 8-383
(C) 6-225 (N) 8-383
(E) 6-Special Order (R) 8-426 HEMI
(G) 8-318 (T) 8-440
(H) 8-340 (U) 8-440
(J) 8-340 (V) 8-440
(L) 8-383 (Z) 8-Special Order
Sixth Symbol - Model Year
6 - 1966 1 - 1971
7 - 1967 2 - 1972
8 - 1968 3 - 1973
9 - 1969 4 - 1974
0 - 1970 5 - 1975
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Lynch Road, Michigan (E) Los Angeles, California
(B) Hamtramck, Michigan (F) Newark, Deleware
(C) Jefferson, Michigan (G) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Belvedere, Illinois (R) Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

1973 Dodge Charger Options

Description Description
340-cid 4 BC V-8 "TUFF" Steering Wheel
400-cid 2 BC V-8 Undercoating & Hood Insulator Pad
400-cid 4 BC V-8 "Halo" Vinyl Roof
440-cid 4 BC V-8 Canopy Vinyl Roof
Air Conditioning Deluxe Wheel Covers
Sun Roof Wire Wheel Covers
TorqueFlite Transmission Rallye Wheels
Electric Clock Magnum Wheels
Inside Hood Release Day/Night Inside Rearview Mirror
Rear Window Defogger Black Vinyl Body Side Moulding
Deluxe Bumper Guards "Gradated" Body Side Tape Stripe
Power Disc Brakes Bucket Seats
Dual Outside Racing Mirrors Rallye Instrumentation
Multiplex AM/FM Stereo Radio Special Suspension
Multiplex AM/FM Stereo Tape Cassette 4-Speed Manual Transmission
AM/FM Monaural Radio Light Package
Music Master AM Radio Rallye Package
Rear Seat Speaker E-Z Order Package
Front Armrest w/ Center Seat Cushion Deluxe Package
Floor Console Heavy-Duty Package
Sure Grip Differential Trailer Wiring Package
Tinted Glass Trailer Towing Package
Power Steering Luxury Equipment Package
Power Windows  

Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - Right front of block, below cylinder head. Small-Block V-8 - Left front of block, below cylinder head. 400-cid - Right front of block, near distributor. 440-cid - Left front of block, near tappet rail.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
C 6-225 105 185 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
G 8-318 150 265 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
H 8-340 240 295 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
M 8-400 175 310 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
P 8-400 * 260 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
U 8-440 * 280 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC

* High Performance

Available Transmissions

Transmission Location
TorqueFlite Stamped on the transmission oil pan rail.
3-Speed Manual Not Available
4-Speed Manual Not Available

Identification Number Transmission Type
3681051 TorqueFlite
3681052 TorqueFlite
3681053 TorqueFlite
3681054 TorqueFlite
3681055 TorqueFlite
3681056 TorqueFlite
3681057 TorqueFlite
3681061 TorqueFlite
3681063 TorqueFlite

Axle Decoding

Location Of Axle Codes: A metal tag is bolted to the assembly, giving the axle ratio or tooth count (if tooth count - divide the larger number by the smaller number, this is the ratio.) Locking axles have a metal tag with the letter "S" on it.


Note: Since tags can easily be missing, the approximate ratio can be determined by marking both the a wheel and the driveshaft; turn the wheel one complete turn and the number of times the driveshaft rotates is the ratio. Locking axles can be identified by raising the complete axle assembly and turning one wheel; if the other wheel turns the the same direction it is a locking axle and if it turns the opposite direction it is a non-locking axle.

Charger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-225 8-318 8-340 8-400 8-440
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.71       x     x x    
2.76     x x     x x    
2.94   x   x     x x    
3.21 x x x x            
3.23 x x x x x x x x x x
3.55   x   x x   x x x  

Exterior Paint Chips

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A5 - Dark Silver Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4335
"SE" - 90G-2139
"AE" - 82N-2139

L4 - Parchment
Lucite® Code - 5415L
"Centari" Code - 5415A
Dulux® Code - 5415D
B1 - Light Blue
Lucite® Code - 5411L
"Centari" Code - 5411A
Dulux® Code - 5411D
Q5 - Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5268LH
"Centari" Code - 5268A
Dulux® Code - 5268D
B3 - Super Blue
Lucite® Code - 5351L
"Centari" Code - 5351A
Dulux® Code - 5351D

T6 - Medium Tan Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4357
"SE" - 90G-2161
"AE" - 82N-2161

B5 - Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5251L
"Centari" Code - 5251A
Dulux® Code - 5251D

T8 - Dark Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5422L
"Centari" Code - 5422A
Dulux® Code - 5422D

B9 - Dark Blue Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4336
"SE" - 90G-2140
"AE" - 82N-2140
W1 - Eggshell White
Lucite® Code - 4996L
"Centari" Code - 4996A
Dulux® Code - 4996D

E5 - Bright Red
Lucite® Code - 5092L
"Centari" Code - 5092A
Dulux® Code - 5092D

Y1 - Top Banana
Lucite® Code - 5180L
"Centari" Code - 5180A
Dulux® Code - 5180D
F1 - Pale Green
"AL" - 30Y-4337
"SE" - 90T-2141
"AE" - 82L-2141
Y2 - Yellow
Lucite® Code - 5410L
"Centari" Code - 5410A
Dulux® Code - 5410D
F3 - Light Green Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4260
"SE" - 90G-2104
"AE" - 82N-2104
Y3 - Light Gold
"AL" - 30Y-4339
"SE" - 90T-2143
"AE" - 82L-2143
F8 - Dark Green Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4338
"SE" - 90G-2142
"AE" - 82N-2142
Y6 - Gold Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4340
"SE" - 90G-2144
"AE" - 82N-2144
K6 - Bronze Metallic
"AL" - 30H-4107
"SE" - 90X-1991
"AE" - 82F-1991
Y9 - Dark Gold Metallic
"AL" - 30P-4341
"SE" - 90X-2145
"AE" - 82F-2145

NOTES: The first Paint Code identifies the roof or accent color. The second Paint Code identifies the body color. (For example, the combination W1-B2\5 on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in Eggshell White and the body is finished in Bright Blue Metallic.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing, the fender side shield, or the radiator yoke.

"AL" - Acrylic Lacquer
"SE" - Synthol Enamel
"AE" - Acrylic Enamel

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