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Author Topic: Going to look at a 69 Hemi 500 today (not to buy)  (Read 13968 times)
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« Reply #25 on: November 26, 2005, 08:30:23 AM »

Yeah its the first of the 69 500's. It is a beautiful car. Definately one that I'd love to have if I had the money. First of all because its a HEMI, then because its also a 4 speed. But mostly because of the cloth insert seats, and the power windows. And its a tri-color car as well. R4 exterior, black interior, white stripe.
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« Reply #26 on: November 26, 2005, 08:36:04 AM »

Was this the one that was at Hodges' Dodges?

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« Reply #27 on: November 26, 2005, 08:38:01 AM »

It was the Dodge News Bureau's car so it was all over the country.  When they were done with it, I believe it was sold to it's first private owner in New York State.  Am I right?
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« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2005, 11:30:14 AM »

What a cool car, with such a cool history!

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« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2005, 12:36:20 PM »

My wife has one.  I just have so much money tied up in my old 35mm that I never use it.
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« Reply #30 on: November 26, 2005, 12:56:30 PM »

The car was in Chryslers ownership I believe until like 1972 or 1973. Then it was sold at auction, and Mike Russo wound up with the car. I believe that he had the car for close to 25 years. The next I heard it was in Harold Sullivans collection, then went to the current owner now.

Any ideas on what he is looking to get out of the car?
If your asking if its the same car that was at a dealership in Canada last year for sale, no its not the same car. This one is R4 red, the one that was at he dealership was R6 Red.
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« Reply #31 on: November 26, 2005, 01:59:55 PM »

Thanks for the lesson in Charger 500 history fellas!

I sure am glad I wasn't Mr. Cocky when I asked about the XS vs. XX VIN deal!

I imagine I would have looked like a fool if I came off with sumthin' like:

"Uh, excuse me guys, but if any of you so called Charger guys knew anything about Chargers then you would know that the 500's and the Daytona's VIN's start with XX, NOT XS!

This is a cool thread and the only way it could be any better is if there some pics!

While we are waiting, can you 500 owners post some pics of the parts of the car you were interested in seeing?
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« Reply #32 on: November 26, 2005, 05:38:15 PM »

The pics will be here soon and I will get more on Wednesday.   As to the dealership question, no, he isn't asking about one in Canada.   Hodges Dodge was a Mopar dealer in Ferndale located on Woodward Avenue.   The Ramchargers ran their cars out of there.   It was Dodge's skunkworks garage on Woodward in the 60's.   The dealership still exists but in a new location and today they sell Suburu's.   The original location was a paint store or something like that the last time I went by and paid any attention.
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« Reply #33 on: November 26, 2005, 06:46:26 PM »

I don't have any up close pictures of the rubber trim piece I was talking about earlier in the thread. Last time I checked out that car I do believe it still had the trim piece. I just didn't manage to remember to get a picture of it that day. I remember looking for it, but some how in the 4 rolls of film I shot of the car, I didn't get a picture of that. I didn't get any pictures of the backside of the grille either.

There are a few of the 500's that actually have XS on the VIN dash plate as well. They are down the line though, and weren't actually t he first one's produced. Not sure how that screw up happened but it did.
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« Reply #34 on: November 26, 2005, 07:41:43 PM »

I did get some close up pics of the rubber and if they aren't what you are looking for, I can reshoot them.  I'll have access to the car for a little while.  I went out today and had a quick but better look at the vin and yes, it is XX.  I didn't doubt you, I just wanted to see for myself.  I'm sure you know what I mean if I try to explain about being fascinated by the small details.
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« Reply #35 on: November 26, 2005, 10:50:39 PM »

It wasnt this 500 was it?

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« Reply #36 on: November 26, 2005, 11:06:25 PM »

Nope.  Dodge Division hubcaps and white stripe.
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« Reply #37 on: November 27, 2005, 12:02:49 PM »

The Mike Russo NY car .I believe was a magazine test car loaned by chysler public relatations .I have this VHS tape I got from a friend .With a 69 road test by Bud Lindeman severly flogging a red hemi charger 500.I wonder if thats the car on the tape.While were on 69 charger 500. There used to be one in my area. Known as Propane X 110615
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« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2005, 04:24:07 PM »

Yes, that's the one we are talking about.  I forget if the Bud Lindeman car is this one.  I have that episode on tape and there were two cars. An auto and a four speed.  I am talking about the 4 gear car.
I have some old magazine pics of that propane car at the drags.
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« Reply #39 on: November 28, 2005, 08:10:36 AM »

Is there anyway one of you guys could make a copy of that VHS tape for me? Just curious, but I would love to see it. Are you talking about the article where they are test driving a 4 speed and an automatic HEMI 500?

I haven't ever seen any more info on the Propane X car Dave. 110615.

Is the car pictures above the R6 red, 4 speed HEMI car that was for sale about a year ago?
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« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2005, 05:56:26 PM »

Yes, that's the article.
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« Reply #41 on: November 29, 2005, 10:12:09 PM »

Cant anyone post a video of those 500s
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« Reply #42 on: November 30, 2005, 03:43:14 AM »

I can't.  Sorry.  I'm going back tonight to spend some more time with that car and I'm going to shoot some video but it won't very interesting to anyone.  Just walking around an old car sitting there parked.
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« Reply #43 on: November 30, 2005, 12:34:21 PM »

If you could, could you get some detailed video of between the grille and the radiator core support for me. Like the backside of the grille. Just curious on how all that looks on his car. I thought that I had taken some pictures of it, but can't seem to find any of those area's. That and did it have the rubber on the grille?
Oh and on the underside of the hood, where the Hood comes down to meet up with the pads, does the hood have the squares there? I have seen some 69 cars with and some without. Just wondering if the 500's all have them or not.
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« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2005, 03:44:05 AM »

It does have the rubber parts.  I shot a bunch of video up front but it was kind of general.  I didn't see your post until this morning so I'll review and go back if I need to.  I'll be there Friday as they are running a bunch of cars in a local Christmas parade so I'll be helping out with that.  (the 500 isn't one of them)
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« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2005, 06:20:45 PM »

Are you able to divulge which auction house the car is going to be sold at? I'd be curious, if it was close enough I'd love to go.
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« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2005, 07:11:02 PM »

It's RM and it will be at the auction held at Boca Raton in February.
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« Reply #47 on: December 01, 2005, 07:21:19 PM »

Well I don't think I'll be able to make it to Boca Raton, I wish that I could. Just so that I could continue to follow the history of this car. I first saw this car in the mid 80's. This car had a build sheet in it to another HEMI 500, very early build date as well, that no one has ever been able to locate. Only difference in the two cars is that 110610 is a 4 speed the other car is an AUTOmatic. Which leaves me to guessing it was the other car in the Road and Track magazine article where they compared a HEMI 4 speed to an Automatic. Because both cars were the same exterior color and interior, and stripe.
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« Reply #48 on: December 01, 2005, 07:26:06 PM »

It still has the wrong build sheet with the car.  The one it has is for a C5X interior as well.
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« Reply #49 on: December 01, 2005, 07:30:52 PM »

I wasn't aware that the buildsheet was still with the car. I believe that the buildsheet is for car 110614 correct?
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