Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1966 Dodge Charger doesn't make a single wrong move. It's nicely preserved, packs a 383 cubic inch big block V8 with some added performance goodies, and with an usual yet awesome color combination it's a choice alternative to the later cars, at a fraction of the price. How can something so cool be so affordable?
The first owner of this Charger did it right when he filled out the order form. This car is a fine combination of performance and luxury, all wrapped in a classically styled fastback package. Medium Turquoise Poly is the original color on the data plate, and the finish on the original sheetmetal could easily be the original shade, or at the very least and older and faithful representation. The condition of the sheetmetal certainly suggest a very well-maintained original car that's been loved all its life, as everything has a tight feel that only the best original cars seem to offer. The styling is admittedly an all-or-nothing proposition, but the unique light blue serves it well and gives it a sporty attitude. It's not without its minor flaws, which is not unusual considering the age of the paint, but the look is undeniably cool, especially with those awesome old-school Charger striped on the rockers. The chrome and trim is likewise original and coming up on 55 years old, but remains bright, and that fine-toothed grille would go on to become a Charger trademark for years to come. The single-element taillight that spans the entire rear of the car (yet another legendary design to be used for years to come) is in great condition, so be sure to take care of it, because it's unobtainium today.
According to the fender tag, the bucket seats and center console are original equipment, and the upholstery is all NOS material. The slick black seats with matching carpets and dash are the perfect complement to the sparkling blue exterior, creating a very upscale piece of Mopar muscle. The gauges are absolute works of art, exquisite aircraft-inspired dials with markings around the perimeter and aside from the tachometer (which has been augmented with an aftermarket unit under the dash), they're all functional. The factory AM radio is remarkably still in place, although as you'd probably expect it's no longer operable, so a more modern Jensen AM/FM tape deck is hidden in the glove box as an added upgrade. Chrysler fans will recognize the simple chrome shift lever for the TorqueFlite automatic, making it easy to click through the gears manually. This car also sports the rare dual bucket seat option in back, which includes a full-length console that creates a very cool rear passenger area under the sprawling rear window. That window is responsible for a bit of fading on the carpets, but nobody's going to complain about the accommodations in this cool Charger. In addition, fold-down rear seats make for a cavernous cargo bay, which is also fully upholstered in matching black carpet.
Mechanically, this car has been comprehensively serviced and filled with new components. That's a built 383 under the hood today, running strong, augmented with a Comp Cam inside and fed through a Demon 750 carb and Edelbrock intake topped with a stock Magnum air cleaner. So, despite the added power it still looks quite stock. Although with that being said, there's still plenty of flash under the hood, with polished valve covers and Hemi Orange paint on the block that really pop inside the engine bay. It starts with that characteristic Chrysler whir followed by a nice V8 bark from the long-tube headers that feed into the twin Flowmasters. The 727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission is linked to a stock rear end, so the shifts are smooth and the ride is quite enjoyable. Blacked-out 'Steelie' wheels are fitted with Mickey Thompson 245/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear blackwall radials that are super-grippy and finish off the killer old-school hotrod look.
This Charger is extremely impressive and runs even better than it looks. An unusual Mopar with a great Old-School look, this is how you make a grand entrance. Call today!
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