The ultimate American muscle car may well have just been created, but not in the good old USA. A 1969 Dodge Charger has been painstakingly restored by UK restoration specialist Classic Investments. And now it’s looking for a buyer.
It started as a rusty Charger R/T, which was fully stripped down and then enhanced with high-performance components to give it the type of reliability modern-day-owners expect from their vehicles.
“The Charger looks really good, exactly the right spec (engine, seats, etc.) and right colour for the car,” said David Lillywhite, Editor in Chief at Magneto magazine. “Matching numbers is a big deal in the muscle car world, as it is with Porsches. It’s obviously up with the Mustang as the most iconic muscle car out there.”
Power comes from the R/T’s 7.2-litre 440 Magnum big-block V-8, which is now running a performance camshaft, Holley 770 Street Avenger series 4-barrel carburettor and hooked up to a stainless-steel exhaust. And it’s reportedly all broken in, so whoever ends up buying the car can just go out and enjoy it.
The suspension now includes Koni dampers and the brakes are 11-inch discs up front and 11-inch drums in the rear, while steering is sharpened with polyurethane bushings.
The interior was extensively retrimmed and carpeted, after the structure was soundproofed to modern standards. All original components — radio, gauges, switches and the centre console — were rebuilt and presented in a décor of Wenge wood-grain appliques and Italian leather upholstery
“More than 3,000 hours have been put into making this the ultimate Dodge Charger R/T,” said Agris Alksnis, founder of Classic Investments, which did the entire restoration in-house, including re-chroming, reupholstering and restoration of seats and trim. “For anyone who wants a classic muscle car, but without the fear of unreliability, this is the car for an enthusiast who cannot get enough of iconic cars such as this.”
Purchase inquiries can be made at www.classic.investments/charger-69/.