1969 Charger Hemi 426
The Charger was Dodge’s entry into the muscle car segment and it was made on Chrysler’s B platform, based on the Chrysler Cordoba and the Dodge Coronet. In 1966, the first Charger rolled off the line and came with many engine options. One was the powerful 426-cubic inch Hemi V8. The new muscle car from Dodge was the perfect vessel in which to showcase this large, high-performance Hemi. In that first year, just 468 cars were produced with the big engine.
In the second generation, buyers could get the 1969 Charger Hemi 426. The redesign for this generation took the Charger further away from the Coronet and gave the car a Coke-bottle profile, a kick up rear spoiler, and a flying buttress at the rear window to imitate the look of the Pontiac GTO. The interior of the 1969 Charger Hemi 426 was also greatly changed from the first generation. The bucket seats were taken out, the rear seats no longer folded down, and there were changes to the dash and the trunk.
Compared to 1968’s model, the 1969 Charger Hemi 426 was largely unchanged. The grille and taillights were new and a Special Edition trim level became available. Bumble bee stripes were once again an option on the cars, although they were reduced from four to three stripes.
The 1969 Charger Hemi 426 was also available as a 500 and a Daytona. The 500 was a response to the less than successful R/T at the race track the previous year. The car was available with the 426 Hemi, although only 67 were produced with that engine.
Chrysler was less than satisfied with the 500, so next came the Daytona. The 1969 Charger Hemi 426 Daytona came out midyear and was popular with buyers right off the bat, in spite of the high price. It came standard with an even bigger engine, but the 1969 Charger Hemi 426 was still an option for the Daytona.
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