Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1966 Dodge Charger
During the early-1960s, automakers were exploring new ideas in the personal luxury and specialty car segments. Chrysler, fast to enter the specialty car market, selected their Dodge Division to enter the marketplace with a mid-size B-bodied sporty car to fit between the "pony car" Ford Mustang and "personal luxury" Ford Thunderbird. The intention was to create a fastback look while sharing as much existing company hardware as possible.
For consignment a first-year edition of the first generation Dodge Charger. This car is a 3-owner car with the first owner keeping knowledge of this car from his wife while drag racing it, never registering it. After his passing, imagine her surprise, although she sold it to the second owner who actually registered it and told his wife about it. The current consigner comes upon the car and puts a year and a half of time into restoring it right back to the factory specs. Some highlights include the Hemi engine, a Dana 60 rear, and power windows. A version consigner states has rare options with the color and deletes involved.
If you thought the Barracuda fastback was cool, get a load of this fastback. It is truly the next level, looking much like the concept car of 1965 Dodge rolled out to wet future appetites for the upcoming muscle race. Nary a trunk lid here, although the gap suggests otherwise, but the long sloping line hides it. Outside shows the Charger badge on the long triangulated B pillar. The sides showing the beginnings of the Coke bottle shape design have well minded gaps and plenty of trimmings on the rockers and the wheel wells, belt line toppers, as well as around the windows. All this steel is bathed in Dark Green Metallic and it shows in excellent condition with no rust to be found. Tucked in bumpers in mirror-like finish gleam along with the chrome trimmings. Up front hidden headlights give the grill the appearance that it runs the entire way across the front of the car. The rear emulates this stretch across theme and has the taillight strip run entirely across the car as well. Fratzog badges are seen on the hood and a large circular badge on the trunk lid. 14-inch chrome wheel caps courtesy White Hat Brothers are on all 4 corners. Consigner states all original sheet metal and nuts and bolts were used during the restoration.
A swing of the doors and Gold vinyl mixes with metal panels and gold carpet to create a sporty looking door panel. Turning our attention to the seats, pristine gold tuck and roll pattern seats in the form of low back buckets in front and a duo of more buckets that have fold down capabilities and center armrest that folds allowing the user to store many a cargo item under that large fastback. A central console runs from dash to rear seat and even creates an additional storage area/armrest for the rear buckets. Looking up front at the dash and it is factory gorgeous. Very clean with its lineup of 4 circular instruments for the cluster, and a row of buttons, ignition, and knobs just below, all within perfect reach of the driver. The remainder of the dash uses a rectangular pattern with wood appliqu and black plastic to add texture and house the radio delete panel, airflow levers, and a glovebox. A clean tight felted dark tan fuzzy felted headliner is floating above.
A repaint 2 years ago of the engine bay, and a refresh of the engine at 30K miles and it is just fab. Deep yellow/gold covers the block and intake manifold and water pump, then topped with matte black valve covers and I'm nearly ready to eat this engine as it presents as a piece of eye candy. It is a correct 426ci Hemi V8 and is topped with dual Carter correct numbers 4bbl carburetors front and back. A shout out to the chromed cleaner cover which can feed plenty of air for the fossils to mix with and turn this V8. A 4-speed manual speed transmission (A833) 12 x 5 x 65 date cast manual transmission, and a Dana 60, 3.54 posi rear axle complete this nice drivetrain muscle car package.
Underneath a new stainless-steel H pipe exhaust system guides us through a very clean rust free structurally sound undercarriage that looks like it just left the showroom. Torsion bar suspension upfront, and leaf springs on the rear are in fab condition looking freshly blasted and no rust seen whatsoever. 11-inch power drum brakes for the front, and the rear can be seen. Consigner states these are the original brake shoes
This horsepower embellished Hemi fired right up and ran very nicely through all aspects of our test track. A good accelerator, strong flow through the gears power and smooth ride left us with a smile on our track test dummies face. (Wait! not dummies!). Our test drive revealed that the driver's power front window makes noise but does not move, and we found reverse gear difficult to drop into.
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