The Manningtree Revival: Dodge Charger


It’s been a bit quiet from me of late, sorry about that, or you’re welcome, depending on your perspective. It’s not like I haven’t been busy, though. Things to see, people to do. This includes a visit to a car show that has become regular, is ridiculously local to where I live, and is absolutely excellent to boot. So prepare yourselves for a landslide (well, a small one) of posts compiling the great and the greater from this years event.

And we’ll start with this one. For whatever reason I kept finding myself magnetically drawn to it, whatever direction I set of in I seemed to always end up back where it sat, and I would stop, gaze and contemplate. I just enjoyed spending time with it.

I didn’t grow up with American Iron, more’s the pity, so my Muscle Car education is elementary at best. However, I’m guessing this one is a ’68, based on the single piece grille and the rear lamp treatment. What I do know is that it gives me strange feelings somewhere south of the pit of my stomach. And it isn’t indigestion.



There were other Chargers at the show, including the inevitable General Lee replica. There seem to be as many fans of the Duke Brothers over here as in the US, if the number of half-assed orange Vauxhall Cavaliers and Morris Marina coupes with 01 painted on the side is anything to go by. It was very refreshing to see a Charger in such a subtle shade of burgundy. I’m more used to the celebrated Go Mango, Plum Crazy, Sublime and other pun-tastic hi-impact hues. That all said, it’s a treat to see one of these in any colour.


For a machine with such muscular credentials it makes a surprisingly unprepossessing account of itself, with the smallest of R/T and HEMI emblems adorning its gorgeously proportioned flanks. Anybody want to guess what bright orange power-plant lurks under that lengthy deck?



There was nobody around to ask questions at about this magnificent machine. Nor was there anything written about it on display with the car. It just sat there, looking smug, next to a similarly coloured Lotus Esprit which somehow lost lots of its own considerable dramatic impact as it stood in the Chargers Shadow. If this is your car, then congratulations. Also, please drop us a line via, marked for my attention, and let me take it for a drive.

Ta very much.


Click on the nice car for image enbiggenment

(Disclosure: All image copyright is held by me and Hooniverse. Images were edited using the most primitive software imaginable, using a laptop that crashed seven times)

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15 responses to “The Manningtree Revival: Dodge Charger”

  1. dukeisduke Avatar

    When I was a kid, a friend's dad sold Dodges, and I can remember riding in a black '69 R/T with the 440. The one pictured here is a '68 (round taillights and no split grille), like the one in Bullitt.

  2. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    Geez, this car. . . still and forever one of the most beautiful profile silhouettes of any car, ever. I could stare at that last pic for hours.

  3. racer139 Avatar

    The color suits the shape. Ok maybe I just like burgandy. The paint looks like what ram is offering on their new pickups with a touch more metalic added.

  4. MVEilenstein Avatar

    Trust me, growing up around classic American iron does not get old. I'm just as enthralled with this car as I was when I saw my first one (probably as a baby).

  5. FreeMan Avatar

    This will probably get me kicked out of here, but 60s American just doesn't do anything for me.
    I agree with Irishzombie that it's a nice profile. To me that may well be the best angle on this car, but it just doesn't stir me as it does my esteemed fellow commen taters.
    Guess that's why there are a lot of manufacturers making lots of different designs.

    1. vetteman61 Avatar

      How is Al Queda, sir?

  6. skitter Avatar

    Without the vinyl roof, finally a Charger looks absolutely killer.

  7. salguod Avatar

    I too have always loved this car. Beautiful lines.
    The first local cruise in I too my T'bird to was at a restaurant had maybe 30-35 cars. There were two General Lee Chargers there.
    Oh, if this has a Hemi I believe it has to be the 426. I don't think Chrysler was making any other Hemis at this time, but I'm not a Mopar nut so I may very well be wrong.

    1. scroggzilla Avatar

      You're right about the displacement of late 60's Chrysler Hemis.

  8. Senor Smee Avatar
    Senor Smee

    Truly a beautiful car. Too bad it has to carry the stigma of Dukesof Hazzard clown-car for the rest of eternity. Whoever drew this, they should have given him a few million dollars and said,"Great job, now go home son, you'll never design anything this beautiful again." I'm going to go out on a limb and say i like these with vinyl roof.

    1. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

      I like it with and without vinyl. This is one of the prettiest I've seen, but another in that group was metal-flake aqua blue with a slightly off-white vinyl top.
      Agree wholeheartedly that the designer probably never topped this.

  9. PushrodRWD Avatar

    My uncle had one with a 383 2bbl (not an R/T) when I was a kid, what a great car. It was one of the first cars that stood out to me and has always influenced my thoughts on what a "car" should be.
    Interested folks should check out Mike Musto's Big Muscle on Youtube/Drive when he shows his Charger and Daytona. Awesome…

  10. Michael Adams Avatar
    Michael Adams

    1968. Round side marker lights are the clue. 69 and later had larger rectangular ones

  11. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    When I was growing up, Mopar muscle was a dime a dozen. This makes me all verklempt.

  12. HTWHLS Avatar
    HTWHLS know what killed me? "CLICK ON THE NICE CAR FOR IMAGE ENBIGGENMENT" Ha! I just snorted coffee all over ….thanks!

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