FOUND: One medium-sized cruise ship.

Off there, on the horizon, you can see... uh... the back half of the car.
Off there, on the horizon, you can see… uh… the back half of the car.

You don’t completely realize the scale of these things until you actually see them in person.

This beautiful example was spotted parked outside a Harley-Davidson dealership. It really requires you to stand beside it to get a concept of the full scale. In fact, it’s nearly as large as a current-day Challenger!
Since I don’t have access to my computer at the moment, (and am trying to post this from a “tethered netbook”, a phrase I wouldn’t have understood a few months ago), I can’t do a whole lot of research. But if memory serves me correctly, that is the centre grille and R/T stripe of a ’69 Charger.
If there are any Mopar experts left out there, please correct me if I’m wrong.

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16 responses to “FOUND: One medium-sized cruise ship.”

  1. goingincirclez Avatar

    “Nearly as large as the current Challenger!” and yet, it does a timelessly fantastic job putting all that heft to better use, don’t you think?
    BTW if you see a buff cartoon blond guy with a mullet nearby, I’d run, ‘cuz Brock Samson will kick your ass for taking pictures of his car. Wait, who am I kidding? Cartoons aren’t real! Steal his car then, he can’t do nothin’ to you.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      one of the best cartoons of all time…

  2. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
    superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

    Your find would appear to be a ’69 R/T, complete with steel wheels and hubcaps. Awesome find there! Nice to see one in all its Plain Jane glory, and with no Stars and Bars on the roof. I mean, I grew up with those Duke Boys, but when every decent Charger you see is turned into a General Lee clone, it gets a little old. I just hope to God that the doors on this one aren’t welded shut.

    1. Deartháir Avatar
      Deartháir

      They sure aren't! I checked.

      1. goingincirclez Avatar
        goingincirclez

        …and then you rifled through the glovebox and got your ass kicked by a cartoon psychopath, didn’t you? Please tell me you were wearing your cow slippers when this happened.

  3. Robert Emslie Avatar
    Robert Emslie

    I’ve always been amazed by the fact that, despite being so huge, the front fender line still overlaps the rear. Still, I have a soft spot for hidden headlamps, and someday will own a car with both hidden headlamps and hidden taillamps!

    1. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
      superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

      I think Dearthair found your dream car. The problem is actually finding where the lamps have been hidden.
      https://hooniverse.com/blog/2009/10/19/your-next-project-car-perfectly-safe-when-its-stopped-edition/

  4. small_e Avatar
    small_e

    Even though a ’69 Charger would get its ass handed to it by a new Challenger, I’d rather have the ’69. So would plenty of other people as evidenced by the prices of old Chargers, and the number of new Challengers sitting unsold. I’ll agree with superbadd75, and express an appreciation for a Charger that hasn’t been Generalized. Although I wouldn’t fault the owner if he threw a bull bar on there.

  5. engineerd Avatar
    engineerd

    It may be nearly as big as today’s Challenger, but it weighs approximately 2 tons less and looks much more svelte than the slabsided beast dominating the blacktop of your local Dodge/Ram/Chrysler/Jeep/AMC dealer.
    They also weren’t too concerned with donking back then, and for many the steelies were just fine considering the price. Luckily, the current crop of pony cars has stayed (mostly) true to the affordability aspect of their forefathers.

  6. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    It’s the Charger Daytona and Superbird that really get me. It’s as if some suits in Detroit (I’m envisioning a polyester clad Don Draper) decided that, damnit! it’s just not big enough, and needs a giant nose cone and wing.
    Also, +1 to a non-General Lee’d Charger (although I’m partial to the Bullitt black ’68).

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Funny you should bring that up.
      Stay tuned…

  7. Z71 Avatar
    Z71

    Oh, that’s where I left my ’69 Charger that time I got drunk in Canada. Thanks for finding it Dearthair. Just ship it back to me in the Bronx, or you can just drive it down here, whatever is easier. There’s a reward of an 36 pack of Molson in it for your troubles. : )

  8. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Dude: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navel
    OH…Now I get it.

  9. Rovingardener Avatar
    Rovingardener

    My dad had a Coronet of the same vintage w/318 2bbl. in the same color. Damn, it was ugly. I’d still like to have it to put a modern day Hemi in it though, in a different color of course.

  10. citroen67 Avatar
    citroen67

    I weep for the day that I can own a beast like that. For the most part, it would look a lot like that one…no flash, no goofy “dubs”…just raw trimmings like body colored steelies with dog-dish caps and a very sleeper-like color. I also like seeing these things when they are not all yeee-hawwwed out. Nice find!!!

    1. CptSevere Avatar

      Yeah, I agree, this car shows that the owner has good taste. It’s very nicely done. I hate the way a nice old car like this looks with flashy trashy rims and tires. Doesn’t work.

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