Rides From the Readers: 1986 Dodge Charger

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Every week, Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, tips@hagerty.com. We’re showcasing some of the best submissions, with all photography courtesy of the cars’ owners. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to us at the above email.

Today’s Ride From the Readers is a 1986 Dodge Charger boasting a remarkably low 278 original miles. The fifth-generation Charger rode on Chrysler’s front-wheel-drive L-body platform and filled a completely different market niche than the ’60s bruisers, or even the less-dramatic, cushy ’70s models. Like so many other nameplates that evolved in surprising ways over the years, this little hatch is a product of its fuel-starved times.

This particular example hailed first from a dealership in Golden, Colorado. And it stayed there from 1985 … until 2015. Then the Charger made a long—and trailered—trek to the Northeast, until it found itself once again on a trailer. This time it was headed to Iowa, where it currently resides with the current owner, Michael J. Cole, who also owns a body shop. The Charger will enjoy some quality company among Cole’s many Mopar vehicles. 

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