The Dodge Charger is a car from American automaker Chrysler that has been produced intermittently since the mid-1960s. The Charger began as a trim level of the Dodge Dart and became its own model in 1966. While it has undergone significant changes over the years, the 1969 iteration of the Charger is among the most popular and enduring American muscle cars.
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History and Production
Chrysler introduced the Charger as a stand-alone model in the Dodge line for the 1966 model year. After a short two-year production, Chrysler redesigned the Charger for 1968. The 1969 model was built on Chrysler's B-body frame, giving it full-size dimensions similar to the Plymouth Road Runner and Dodge Coronet.
Chrysler produced the 1969 Charger at its facilities in Detroit, St. Louis and Los Angeles. The company would redesign the charger yet again following the 1970 model, making the 1969 version one of just three model years in the Charger's second generation.
Trim and Pricing
Dodge offered the 1969 Charger in several different trim levels. The base model was the Charger XP, which came with either a 255-cubic inch slant-6 cylinder engine for £1,963 or a 318-cubic inch V8 for £2,031. The up-level Charger R/T (with the model designation XS) used Dodge's 440-cubic inch V8 and cost £2,334. Finally, the top Charger model was the £2,509 Charger SE, which added luxury features like leather seats and simulated wood grain interior panels to the XS model's performance features.
The 1969 Dodge Charger was a fastback coupe with two doors and a sloping rear roof line. The fastback design was unique to the charger, while other body and frame components were shared with the similar Dodge Coronet. The Charger used a traditional front engine/rear-wheel drive layout with a longitudinal engine positioned parallel to the length of the car.
The 1969 Dodge Charger was a full-size car with its overall length of 207.9 inches and a 117-inch wheelbase. The car was also 76.7-inches wide and 53.2-inches tall, making it large in every dimension. The Charger also used 14-inch wheels and F70-14 tires front and rear. The interior featured seating for four in a 2+2 configuration.
One of the most notable special editions of the Dodge Charger was the 1969 Charger Daytona. Built to capitalise on the growing popularity of NASCAR racing, the Charger Daytona featured performance upgrades that brought its 7.2 litre engine to 375 horsepower and 480 ft.lbs of torque. The Charger Daytona cost £2,600 new and could accelerate to 60 miler per hour in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 160mph.
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