Gary L 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 2dr Hardtop Coupe

Once My Dream Car, Is Again My Dream Car!!

My story starts when I was just 15 years old and a fan of the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. I fell in love with the 69 Charger body style. Then one day when I was working at a boat marina and this woman drove up in a green 69 Charger RT with Hemi plaques on the doors. Well I was immediately attracted to the car for two reasons. First of all it was my dream car the “1969 Dodge Charger RT Hemi”. Secondly, the woman who was driving it had a figure that pretty much matched Daisy Duke and what 15 year old boy wouldn’t be attracted to that! My dad worked at the marina with me and when I asked him who she was, he knew her and that she owned a used car lot. I told him I really liked the car and could he see if it was for sale. After inquiring about the car with her, he came to me and said it is for sale and that we could buy it for I think it was $1500 at the time. So, fortunately for me I had enough money saved up from my paper route and the work at the marina. It was like a dream come true for me, we checked out the car and while someone had pulled the Hemi out of it already and put a 440 Magnum in it, I didn’t seem to mind, it was still a “69 Charger RT”!

Needless to say I bought the car and the only issue now was that I was only 15 years old and couldn’t drive it for about a year. We brought it home and parked it for a year in my backyard. I couldn’t wait to be able to drive her; I was so excited back then. I fixed it up, did the usual rear quarter panel repairs and touched up the paint until I could afford to have the car painted. I drove her for my high school years and another year after that when I decided I wanted a new 3rd generation Trans Am. So, I sold my dream car for the lure of a new Trans Am. I have been kicking myself for years now wishing I still had that car!

Being 50 years old now and kids getting older, I have missed those sporty muscle cars and have wanted to get back into one. So last Oct I made the move and purchased a mint Red 1989 Pontiac Trans Am GTA with T-Tops and only 39k original miles. I had to build a separate garage to keep in of course. I have taken it to a few car shows and now have the classic car bug! I have been looking at the 69 Charger RT in hopes of may be buying one to restore or one that is already restored, haven’t quite decided yet.

So that is my story, funny how we seem to go full circle back to what we liked when we were younger. What can I say; I still think the 69 Charger body style beats anything that has been produced since then in my eyes anyways. Now I have those dreams AGAIN of owning a 1969 Dodge Charger RT!!


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