Dodge had its hopes up for its restyled Dodge Charger R/T to win NASCAR in 1968. When Ford’s Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II took all the wins on high-bank oval tracks that year Mopar hopes were crushed. Dodge engineers found that the rear window of the R/T caused lift and the wide mouthed front valance incurred drag. The correction for their NASCAR problems was the 1969 Dodge Charger 500. Engineers made the rear window pug flush with the rest of the roof giving it a slippery effect for the wind tunnel tests. They put a Coronet grille in front with exposed headlights. It makes the Charger 500 look slightlly different from the R/T and oh, so much more rare.
They say only 500 actual Charger 500’s were built. Of that number they figure about 392 were bought for street use and the rest were bought for racing. More important, we know that only 67 Charger 500’s were J code 426 Hemi cars. Of that number 40 were said to be Torqueflite automatic cars and only 27 were 4-speeds.
The 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger 500 that you see pictured here is one of one, according to Mopar historian Galen Govier. He says it is the only original black J code 4-speed Charger 500 produced. There were several black automatics (in fact, if you check the Mopar Muscle Car Section on the Cars On Line.com website you’ll see that they sold two of them this year.) But the owner says this black 4-speed is the only one ever known to exist. He says he has owned the car for 20 years and now lives in a remote area in Montana where he does not get an opportunity to show it anymore. He is willing to sell it to someone who might want to show it and allow it to be appreciated by Mopar fans.
What makes it even more interesting is that the seller says it has just 12,000 original miles and has just undergone a rotisserie restoration. He says it is a numbers matching car although the original 4-speed transmission is no longer in the car. He says it has been documented as an original 4-speed car however.
When you drive one of these Charger 500’s you’ll be surprised at the handling. In the front you have wishbones with a big fat torsion bar. In the rear leaf springs with a live axle. It achieves a balance of strong Hemi suspension with a comfortable ride. It has the signature Charger rear tail lights. Broadcaster Bud Lindeman did a test drive report on a red 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger 500.
It would be hard to find a Mopar more rare than this one. With the Galen Govier research behind it this one will wind up in a very exclusive collection.