Prepare to step back in time as we uncover a remarkable treasure—a 1973 Dodge Charger SE that has remained untouched for a staggering 45 years in Los Angeles. Originally purchased from the iconic Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago, this Charger was lovingly owned by the seller’s father. Now, it’s ready to find a new home in the exact spot where it was last parked. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity, as it is currently available on craigslist for $20,000 or best offer. A big shoutout to T.J. for unearthing this gem!
Grand Spaulding Dodge, a mecca for Dodge enthusiasts between 1963 and 1977, offered an array of hot rod Dodges, whether stock or dealership-modified. By 1973, however, the golden era of performance was gradually fading due to skyrocketing insurance premiums, stringent EPA regulations, and an unprecedented oil embargo that led to exorbitant fuel prices. The ’73 Charger, in its non-modified form like this one, encapsulates the changing times, standing as a testament to the shift that occurred in just three short years.
As part of Dodge’s third-generation Charger lineup (1971-1974), this model SE reigns supreme, surpassing the sporty Rallye and the standard Charger variants. Distinguishing features of the SE include louvered quarter windows and often a vinyl roof. Despite its dusty blanket, this Charger remains in remarkably good condition, showcasing no signs of rust or previous accidents. The inclusion of the iconic Magnum 500 wheels adds to its allure. However, an inconsistency arises regarding the exterior description, stating a black vinyl top, which is evidently missing.
Entering the hood, another inconsistency arises as the seller mentions a 260 net horsepower, 400 cubic inch “Magnum” engine under the hood, contradicting the engine’s air cleaner decal proclaiming the top-tier 280 net horsepower, 440 cubic inch V8. Clarifying this mystery would require the VIN, but regardless, it appears that this Charger is not currently running, given its prolonged 45-year hibernation in the garage. Although the mileage is indicated as a reasonable 59,000 miles, no supporting evidence is provided. Inside, the original order of a black interior is contradicted by its current white state, yet the bucket seat/center console arrangement seems promising and largely untouched.