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Dodge Charger Black
Quarter Scale Custom Black Dodge Charger RC Build
The 1969 Dodge Charger presented perhaps the widest array of choices in the history of the nameplate. There was a base model, an available SE (for "Special Edition") option that heaped on more luxuries, a hot-performing R/T version, and two wild race-bred iterations: the 500 and the Daytona. Engine selections started with Chrysler's trusty 225-cid Slant Six, but also included five V-8s, topped by the rollicking 425-horsepower 426-cid "Street Hemi." Depending on the model, available transmissions were three- and four-speed manuals, plus the excellent three-speed TorqueFlite automatic. Given all these choices, it's perhaps ironic that the car came in just one body style, a two-door hardtop. The 1969 Dodge Charger was an update of the completely restyled '68 model, which meant it was built on a 117-inch wheelbase with Chrysler's familiar torsion-bar suspension up front and leaf springs in the back. New styling touches for base and R/T Chargers included a vertical center divider in the grille and horizontal taillights.
Dodge Charger Blue
Quarter Scale Custom Blue Dodge Charger RC Build
1969 Dodge Charger: Background
The really distinctive new Chargers were the 500 and the Daytona, both creatures of the so-called "aero wars" of the day being waged by Ford and Chrysler as they sought dominance in NASCAR stock-car racing. As it turned out, the recessed grille and inset flying-buttress rear window that looked so great on the '68 Charger was an aerodynamic washout on 190-mph high-banked ovals. To create the 1969 Dodge Charger 500, Chrysler engineers began by plugging the nose cavity of an R/T with a Coronet grille (and nonretracting headlamps) moved up to the front edge of the bodywork. Meanwhile, they quelled lift by flush mounting the rear window. Dodge manufactured 392 of these cars for street use in order to homologate the Charger 500 for racing purposes. Race-prepared 500s went on to claim 19 NASCAR wins, but specially designed Ford Torinos and Mercury Cyclones won 30.
1970 Plymouth GTX
Quarter Scale Custom Plymouth GTX RC Build
Plymouth regained its third place ranking in 1970, the best the brand had registered since 1959. The backbone of its 7.4 percent sales increase was the new Valiant Duster Coupe which registered an astonishing 217,192 sales. Changes to the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner and 1970 Plymouth GTX lines involved new grille, hoods, fenders and rear panel. The year 1970 was the pinnacle of the muscle car wars. The 425 bhp, 426 cid Street Hemi was king and the Road Runner Superbird ruled NASCAR’s superspeedways. Even so, Road Runner sales dropped 50 percent this year, with only 15,716 Coupes, 24,944 Hardtops, only 824 Convertibles. There were also 1,920 Superbirds – one for every two Plymouth dealers. The Superbird closely resembled the Dodge Charger Daytona from 1969 (500 built), but the two are distinctly different.