Mouth-watering Dodge Charger R/T Heads to Auction

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1969 Dodge Charger R/T Front Corner

Big block ’60s Mopar has been fully restored with some upgrades but all original parts are included.

In the world of classic Mopar muscle cars, there are few vehicles that are as sought after as a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with a factory 440-cubic inch big block V8. This was Ma Mopar’s second-most-powerful engine during the original muscle car era, trailing only the 426 Hemi, making this one of the top dog’s in the collectable classic car culture.

Of course, the popularity and collectability of the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T makes original 440 cars hard to find and when you do find them, they are either crazy expensive or in rough shape. This car has been completely restored and it being sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction next January, so the odds are good that it will be crazy expensive, but for the person who takes this car home, the money spent will be worth every single cent.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Side

From Texas to the United Kingdom

The stunning B5 Blue 1969 Dodge Charger R/T shown here was purchased from the previous owner in Houston, Texas, where it had been tucked safely away in a garage for decades. In 2012, the British buyer had the car shipped to the United Kingdom, where it underwent a four-year restoration process during which time it was lifted to a nicer-than-original form.

When found, this Charger was clean enough that a frame-off restoration was unnecessary and during the restoration process, the only sheet metal that had to be replaced was the floor of the trunk. Everything else was cleaned up and reused, resulting in a car that is 99% original parts and entirely numbers-matching.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Rear

Prior to the restoration, this 1969 Dodge Charger R/T had been owned by two different Americans and it had never been torn apart for a refresh. As a result, both of the original build sheets were found in the car and they are included with the sale, as are the original owner’s manual, the original purchase paperwork, the 1969 warranty booklet and the original keys.

Upgrades During Restoration

The listing on the Barrett-Jackson website lists this 1969 Dodge Charger R/T as being a numbers-matching car, but it should be noted that there are some upgrades.

The original 440-cubic inch V8 was completely rebuilt with a new electronic distributor, a new carburetor and a set of ceramic-coated exhaust headers, but the original exhaust manifolds, distributor and carb are included. There are also modern shock absorbers and a tubular front subframe, but once again, the original parts are included in the auction.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Engine

Finally, there is a full stainless steel exhaust system with Magnaflow mufflers, allowing the big block to breathe easy and roar like a proper Mopar muscle car.

Like-New Interior

During the restoration process, the entire interior was removed, all of the exposed metal was repainted, the factory bucket seats were wrapped in new leather, new carpeting was installed and the trim on the doors and dash are new, but once again, the components are original. One exception is the RetroSound replica radio which looks like the original radio, but it includes modern features such as Bluetooth and media connectivity with the sound coming from upgraded speakers that are tucked away to preserve the original interior look.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Interior

If you have been looking to get into a numbers-matching 1969 Dodge Charger R/T with a lightly modified 440 big block, you will have your chance at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, but you had better be saving up now, as this car is all-but-guaranteed to go for well into the six-figure range.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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