DAVID M 1972 Dodge Challenger 2dr Hardtop Coupe

Love at First Sight Twice

While serving in the Submarine Navy, Charleston SC in 1973 I found my first Challenger a 1973, in light green, dark green roof, and green interior. Virtually un-sellable in Hot Charelston due to no AC, a manual 3 speed, and with a 318; I was able to buy it almost new for $2600.

All my previous cars had been 4 doors, not exactly attracting the attention of Charleston's finest young ladies, now with some hot looking wheels I was ready to cruise.

Just a few months later while parking cars at a career adult event, at the Folly Beach, I was smitten by an arriving young lady driving a 71 Maverick Grabber (302 4-barrel). As she stepped from her car in a pink miniskirt, my life was forever changed. As we married and went off to college in Illinois both the Challenger and Maverick soon departed for family cars, and children,

But never did my desire for another Challenger leave me, and in 2000 two years after the loss of my wife, I literally stumbled upon my current 72 Challeger - sporting 7 coats of new paint, and an upgraded big-block 383 powerplant. While it can't bring back my wife or the 73 Challenger it certainly stirs many memories. I cannot imagine ever parting with it, My son will own it one day, but hopefully not too soon,

Recently the car has been featured on Dodge's Facebook page, and on the Challenger Face Book page, with thousands of "likes".

Dave Middleton -Georgia

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Randy Abercrombie South Carolina February 14, 2014 at 11:54
    Love your story. Living in South Carolina my wife and I go to Folly Beach when we feel the need to fall in love again. God bless you and hope that gorgeous Challenger brings back memories of your bride for many years to come.
  • 2
    mrbill s. tacoma February 17, 2014 at 17:35
    great car and, as a photographer-- great pic ! totally different car, but yours makes me think of my 65 sport fury. go Mopar. now proud owner and driver of grampa's 55 olds 2dr hdtp. (Holiday)
  • 3
    BOBBY G. TENNESSEE February 26, 2014 at 14:41
    Nice article about how two beauties met. Sorry to hear about the loss of your first love. Irreplaceable, but at least she still rides with you in heart and in spirit and every time you fire "her up", just glance at the passenger seat in her memory. She'll still be there.
  • 4
    Steve B. Champaign, Il. February 26, 2014 at 15:06
    Wonderful story. I am sorry to hear of your wife's passing. The 70's Challengers are great cars. I love the color. I think that is a 'Sassy Grass Green' back in the day.
  • 5
    Thomas Helinski Harrison Michigan February 26, 2014 at 23:25
    I have a 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible Goes back to when I was sent to Vietnam. It took me forty plus years to get this car back. I will never let this one out of my sight again.

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