Hi-Ho Silver: 1973 Dodge Charger Rallye 340/4-speed – SOLD!
April 4, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Dodge Charge “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
March 25, 2021 Update – The private seller just posted a fresh Craigslist ad for their ’73 Charger with the asking price lowered another $200 to $23,800.
March 21, 2021 Update – Earlier today we noticed the private seller lowered their asking price again to $24,000.
March 7th, 2021 Update – While updating our Malaise Monday database, we confirmed the private seller of this ’73 Charger just lowered their asking price from $28,000 to $25,800.
The early 1970s were not kind to traditional muscle cars as rising insurance costs conspired with increased emissions and safety regulations to make all-out performance versions harder to come by. One bright spot was the third generation Dodge Charger produced from 1971 through 1974. Specifically, the performance version that year became the Rallye such as this restored 1973 Silver hardtop originally listed in February 2021 on Craigslist in McHenry, Illinois (Chicago). Equipped with all of the desired high-performance goodies still available for 1973, the current caretaker has their Charger listed for $28,000. A check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Charger priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $24,200 and the #1 “Concours” estimate of $32,400. As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review confirms the seller’s current ask is $1,800 less than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $29,800.
Chrysler launched its third-generation B-Body-based Charger for the 1971 model year that featured a new split grille and a more rounded “fuselage” body style. For the 1973 model year, Chargers received new sheet metal (though at first glance only the rear roof “C-pillars” looked different) and were in fact longer, wider, and slightly taller than the 1971-72 cars. Also new were vertically slatted taillights and new grilles. Hidden headlights were dropped, even as an option. The 318 was still standard, with the 340 (available only on the Rallye), 360 (two-barrel only), 400 (low power two-barrel/single exhaust, and high-performance four-barrel/dual exhaust), and 440 remaining as options. The SE models had a new roof treatment that had a “triple opera window” surrounded by a canopy-style vinyl roof. All other models had a new quarter window treatment, discontinuing its AMC Gremlin-style window in favor of a more conventional design. Total sales this year were around 108,000 units, an increase of sixty-two percent over the prior year and the highest ever for third-generation Chargers despite nearly two-thirds left the factory equipped with non-high performance engines.
Here’s a vintage 1983 Dodge Charger commercial ironically featuring the Lone Ranger, which is appropriate for the silver example we’re featuring in this post:
The third-generation Dodge Charger was a great-looking car in its own right and the 1973 versions such as this example were truly the swan song of anything close to classic Mopar muscle car performance for many years. The only downside to this example is the fact the seller is asking for a near Concours-level price for a car that features a modified engine with no indication the original parts also come as part of the sale. Consequently, as much fun as this Charger will be to drive, you’ll have trouble entering it in any Concours- or preservation-style judging class.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“73 Dodge Charger Rallye 340 Magnum, Pistol Grip 4speed, This Dodge Charger Rallye is an Incredibly Rare High – Specification Example, Being 1 of only 40 known examples Built with code -E55 340 V8 Magnum Engine and code – D21 4speed manual transmission- Hurst Pistol Grip Shifter, Other Options Include Sure Grip Differential, Bulge hood, and hood pins,8000 Rpm Tachometer, Power Steering, Power Brakes with Front disc. Choice Aftermarket items, Exhaust Headers with New Custom Exhaust, Torker Edelbrock intake, Holley Carb.80k Original Miles on this 340 # Matching Engine, Runs and drives Excellent, Body -Paint- Unibody frame and floors- trunk are excellent. Paint is two years old.Front and back bumpers Rechromed. Interior is Very Very nice Excellent. Brakes front and back are All New, Car does have its Original Fender Tag. Must see this Very Rare Mopar. $28k NO EMAILS NO EMAILS, McHenry Illinois.“
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