1969 Dodge Charger

1969 Charger

Description

1969 was the second year of the second version of the Dodge Charger.

For 1969 the body remained the same, but there was a new divided grill and new rectangular tail lights. The backup lights were now located below the rear bumper.

The 318 cubic inch V-8 was standard (230 hp and 340 ft-lbs of torque), though a 225 cid slant-six (145 hp and 215 ft-lbs of torque) could also be ordered. Also optional were a 383 two-barrel (290 hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque), a 383 four-barrel (330 hp and 425 ft-lbs of torque), a 440 Magnum (375 horsepower 480 ft-lbs of torque), and the 425 horsepower 426 Hemi with 490 ft-lbs of torque.

The rear Bumble-Bee stripes were slightly changed, but still came standard with the R/T package. The stripes could be deleted for no cost.

The SE (Special Edition) option package added some luxury features such as leather inserts for the front seats and a wood-grained dash face. The SE package could be ordered with both the regular and R/T Chargers.

The Charger 500 was introduced, which had a new grill with fixed headlights and a flush rear window, both for better aerodynamics. It was designed to help make the Charger more competitive on the NASCAR circuit but didn't help as much as hoped.

More R&D produced the Charger Daytona, which was much more successful in NASCAR races. It had an 18 inch fiberglass nose extension and a huge rear wing mounted 23 inches above the trunk. Both modifications improved the car's aerodynamics substantially, and a race version of the Daytona had a top speed of 205 mph. A little over 500 Charger Daytonas were sold.

The General Lee, an orange 1969 Charger featured on The Dukes of Hazzard TV show (1979–1985), popularized the car a decade after it left the factory.

1969 Charger Key Differences

A 1969 Dodge Charger has a split front grill which was the only year of this version to do so. Long, rectangular tail lights were used in ‘69 and ‘70, but the 1970 Charger had a front bumper that encircled the grill (which was not divided).

Similar Years

1968 - 1970 Chargers were very similar and used the same body, however differences in their grills and tail lights make it easy to tell them apart.

How to Identify a 1969 Dodge Charger

Overview

  • Second year of the second version of the Dodge Charger (1969)
  • The 2-door coupe was the only body style made (1968 - 1974)

1969 Charger Grill

  • The grill had a central divider which made this year unique (1969)
  • Hidden headlights were again standard (1968 - 1970)

1969 Charger Front Bumper

  • The chrome front bumper was mounted under the grill (1968 - 1969)

1969 Charger Grill Emblem

  • The standard Charger had this emblem mounted on the left side of the front grill (1969)

1969 Charger Grill R/T Emblem

  • R/T Chargers had the R/T badge added to the front grill (1968-1970)

1969 Charger Front Side Marker Light

  • Front marker lights were now rectangular (1969 - 1970)

1969 Charger Rear Side Marker Light

  • Rear marker lights also became rectanbular this year (1969 - 1970)

1969 Charger Rear

  • All Dodge Chargers had a blacked-out rear panel (1968 - 1970)
  • Rear stripes were optional (1968 - 1970)

1969 Charger Tail Light

  • The round tail lights of 1968 were replaced with long, thin rectangular units (1969 - 1970)

1969 Charger Back Up Lights

  • Back-up lights were now round and were moved to the valence panel below the rear bumper (1969 - 1970)

1969 Charger Rear Emblem

  • Regular Chargers had this emblem on the rear panel (1965-68)

1969 Charger Rear R/T Emblem

  • R/T Chargers had only the "R/T" emblem mounted on the rear panel

1969 Charger Vinyl Roof

  • A vinyl roof was optional on Chargers (1968 - 1974)

1969 Charger Dash

  • The dash was unchanged from the previous year (1968 - 1970)

1969 Charger Seats

  • Most Chargers had front bucket seats, though a bench seat was also available (1968 - 1970)

1969 Charger C-Pillar Emblem

  • The "Charger" name-plate was mounted on the C-pillar (1968 - 1970)

1969 Charger Fuel Cap

  • The pop-open fuel cap now had "FUEL" stamped onto its center (1969 - 1970)

1969 Charger 440 Magnum Engine

  • The optional 440 cid Magnum V-8 engine produced 375 horsepower and 480 ft-lbs of torque

1969 Charger Hood Vent

  • Turn signal indicators were set into the hood vents (1968 - 1970)

1969 Charger Rear Stripe

  • The rear Bumble-Bee stripes were optional
  • The stripes were changed to one wide stripe and two narrow stripes (1969 - 1970)

1969 Charger Rear R/T Stripe

  • The Bumble-Bee stripes were standard on R/T Chargers but could be deleted (1968 - 1970)
  • R/T Chargers had the "R/T" cut out on the side of the stripe (1969)

1969 Charger Rim

  • Standard body-colored steel rim with center hubcap

1969 Charger Magnum 500 Wheel

  • Optional Magnum 500 wheels in satin finish with trim ring

General Lee Charger

  • Probably the most famous 1969 Dodge Charger was the General Lee, the automotive star of the The Dukes of Hazzard TV show from 1979 - 1985

More 1969 Charger Pictures

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