Dodge first launched its successful Charger in 1966 and by 1971 the company introduced the third generation version of the car. The revised design incorporated a new split grille and a more rounded “fuselage” body style. The hidden headlights that made the second generation Charger such an icon were now optional and that’s why they are not featured on this example. For the 1972 model year, all engines featured hardened valve seats to permit the use of regular leaded or unleaded gasoline rather than leaded premium fuel as in past years due to tighter emissions regulations.
The white-over-green example presented here features a professionally restored exterior using white paint that features blue and green pearl which the seller states shines in the sun. The seller states he installed a fiberglass R/T hood as well as the rear wing and a front bumper. The custom ARE wheels also give it a great stance.
You can find this “restored over the past couple of years” 1972 Dodge Charger base model here on Craigslist listed by “a buddy of the private owner” for $16,900 near Beachwood, New Jersey. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the owner has his Charger priced between the #2 “Excellent” and #3 “Good” levels, however based on several flaws we note below, there may be some room for negotiation, particularly since the seller specifically requests a cash sale only.
This example features the the original 318 cubic inch V8 that was rebuilt 18,000 miles ago. It now features an Edelbrock aluminum intake topped with with an Edelbrock 1406 Carburetor that’s ignited via an electronic ignition. Factory cast iron manifolds dump into a full dual exhaust. Power gets transmitted through a rebuilt Torqueflite 727 automatic transmission.
The seller accurately states the interior is original and this part of the car is clearly not restored. For example, note what appears to be wear near the door pulls with what appear to be black replacement pads as well as the unattended 6″x9′ speaker cut-outs in the rear package shelf that holds the car back from truly being truly “show ready.” Is there a Mopar expert out there who can confirm whether the black armrest and center console doors should be black or is it appropriate to dye them green to resemble what came from the factory?
The interior features bucket seats and a center console, an original AM radio, and factory gauges. While a nice update was the installation of Dynamat sound deadener under the factory carpet for a quieter ride, we note that the carpet on the driver’s side shows signs of wear and dirt that only an in-person inspection can validate. Additionally, we note the driver’s seat piping minor spilt that will need to addressed before it causes more problems.
In addition to the features mentioned above, the seller appropriately upgraded the front brakes to an all-new disc setup. Although he provides no pictures, the seller states the underside is solid and was never rusted. A great touch is that the car also has its original Broadcast sheet and fender tag showing how it was built from new.
The seller states this example “runs perfect, drives very well, looks great, and is something you can use on the weekends or as a very cool daily driver.” We agree: this is a great car that gets you into the collectible car hobby for a reasonable amount of money that you can enjoy while you complete the other touches we pointed out above. Good luck with sale!