Multiple Motors: 1973 Dodge Charger SE – $19,500

by | Sep 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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October 21, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

We’ve been seeing a trend as of late, especially in the Mopar community, where the seller of a classic car plans to provide two motors as part of the sale. Specifically, the car features a non-original motor, while the original powerplant, for whatever reason, is no longer in the car but is included.

This white 138K original mile 1973 Dodge Charger SE for sale, last spotted in September 2023 on Craigslist in Kalispell, Montana, is one such example.  This nicely-optional Charger originally came equipped with the then top-of-the-line 400 cubic inch V8.  While that original numbers matching engine will be included as part of the sale, this 1973 Dodge Charger SE for sale currently features a 383 cubic inch V8 sourced from an undisclosed 1969 Chrysler product. A nice touch is that despite the engine swap, the installer made it a point to reinstall the factory air conditioning equipment.

Last offered for $19,500,, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is at the low end of this guide’s rolling six-month results for all third-generation Dodge Chargers produced from 1971 through 1974.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for in the past rolling six months:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $18,050 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $26,000.

Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division introduced the third-generation Charger for the 1971 model year on the company’s B platform.  The third generation Charger featured all new “fuselage” sheet metal and a new split grille. The interiors were like those of the E-body and were now shared by the Plymouth B-body, the Plymouth Satellite Sebring, and Road Runner. The hidden headlights were now optional.

The year 1973 marked the pinnacle of the third generation of Dodge Chargers, with the Special Edition (SE) trim standing out as a prime example of American muscle car design. Combining power, style, and luxury, the 1973 Dodge Charger SE has etched itself into the annals of automotive history to symbolize the era’s blend of performance and comfort.  The 1973 Charger SE embodied the “fuselage” design ethos prevalent during that time. It boasted sleek, curvaceous lines and a substantial yet stylish presence on the road.

The Charger’s front end was a commanding sight. The full-width grille was flanked by concealed headlights, adding an air of mystery to the car’s appearance. The classic Charger emblem adorned the center of the grille.  Many Charger SEs featured a vinyl roof covering a portion of the roof, contributing to the car’s upscale appeal.  Chrome bumpers added both protection and aesthetics, while styled steel wheels with white-wall tires gave the Charger SE a touch of elegance.

Inside the Charger SE, the focus was on delivering a comfortable and upscale driving experience.  Buyers could choose between bench seats or optional front bucket seats. Upholstery options included high-quality vinyl or cloth. The cabin was spacious, offering ample room for both drivers and passengers.  The dashboard was designed for simplicity, featuring a wide instrument panel with round gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel.  The SE trim level was all about luxury. Woodgrain trim, extra sound insulation for a quieter ride, and various comfort options like air conditioning, power windows, and power locks were available.  The Charger SE provided a generously sized trunk, ensuring that there was enough storage space for luggage and personal belongings.

The 1973 Charger SE catered to those seeking both style and power under the hood.  The Charger SE offered a range of engine choices. The 400 cubic inch (6.6L) V8 engine was the most potent, delivering approximately 255 horsepower. These engines roared to life with the unmistakable sound of American muscle.  While a 3-speed automatic transmission was the most common choice, a 4-speed manual transmission was available for those who preferred a more engaging driving experience.  A torsion bar front suspension and leaf spring rear suspension contributed to a smooth and comfortable ride, even when pushing the Charger’s performance limits.  Power-assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes ensured that the Charger SE could come to a halt reliably and safely.

As was typical of the era, the 1973 Charger SE came equipped with safety features designed to protect passengers. These included lap belts, a padded dashboard, and dual-circuit master cylinders for the brakes.

The 1973 Dodge Charger SE was produced in respectable numbers, but it’s important to note that the specific configuration, trim level, and engine choices could make certain variants rarer and more collectible than others. Today, this classic American muscle car is a prized possession for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The 1973 Dodge Charger SE represents a fascinating era in American automotive history. It was a time when muscle cars were evolving to include more luxury and comfort features while still packing a powerful punch under the hood. The Charger SE, with its striking design, plush interior, and formidable performance, remains a symbol of that unique blend of style and power. It’s a car that continues to capture the hearts of car enthusiasts and collectors, reminding us of a bygone era when the open road beckoned with adventure and excitement.

The Osborn Tramain YouTube Channel features this 1973 Dodge Charger SE commercial:

This white 138K 1973 Dodge Charger SE for sale features its original paint.  While the seller calls their Charger “rust-free,” their definition apparently does not include surface rust that the pictures provided clearly show.  In this instance, that’s okay, as the car is said to feature its original paint.  With two motors provided and a fresh vinyl top, this 1973 Dodge Charger SE is a nicely optioned example that even features factory air conditioning.

If you are serious about buying this Charger SE, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their fuselage-styled Dodge featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1973 Charger SE with 138,000 miles. Great running 69 383 HP currently in the car. Included is the original #matching 400.  A new correct vinyl top, the original front windshield is excellent, along with factory tinted glass, new dual exhaust, and great rubber on magnum 500 wheels. Looks and sounds good.  Lots of rare, desirable options: Automatic on column, bench seat, AM/FM, air conditioning, power windows, rear defogger.  This original paint solid rust-free Mopar is a RARE find at $19500.00/BO


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