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« on: October 29, 2011, 01:12:32 PM »

How many 1969 Dodge Chargers do you suppose are left in the World?  popcrn

I am sure many have been lost over the past 43 years to accidents, fire, rust, etc.  Cry

How many do you suppose are left?  shruggy

By "left", I mean, reasonably complete, not counting the ones hacked up for parts cars/salvage yard cars  Twocents

When the dust settled in 1969, there were just over 89,000 of these cars built  coolgleamA
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011, 02:39:19 PM »

I have 1. I know of 5 sitting but all complete....3 of them Hemi R/Ts (all on the same property. I've seen atleast 8-9 different ones around in person. The guy I got my Charger from 12 years ago owns 2 R/Ts.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011, 03:02:01 PM »

" I'm thinking 32,501   yesnod  Give or take some. "

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011, 03:10:50 PM »

I'm thinking 32,501   yesnod  Give or take some.

What's your rationale?  popcrn
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2011, 03:18:55 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2011, 03:25:05 PM »

I'm thinking 32,501   yesnod  Give or take some.


...and that's only 650 per state, even in small states like RI and CT  yesnod
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2011, 03:34:16 PM »

I'm thinking 32,501   yesnod  Give or take some.

What's your rationale?  popcrn
Just a wild guess?  Come on how could anyone even come close to a number?  What's the total made?  90,000.00 or so.
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2011, 03:35:14 PM »

I have 1. I know of 5 sitting but all complete....3 of them Hemi R/Ts (all on the same property. I've seen atleast 8-9 different ones around in person. The guy I got my Charger from 12 years ago owns 2 R/Ts.
Dang, one guy has 3 Hemi chargers?
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2011, 03:40:58 PM »

I'm thinking 32,501   yesnod  Give or take some.

What's your rationale?  popcrn
Just a wild guess?  Come on how could anyone even come close to a number?  What's the total made?  90,000.00 or so.


True, but I have seen so many over the years that were left for dead... One of the worst, was one I looked at while attending the 1997 Dodge Charger Registry Meet in southern VA...

I know of one that is just sitting and a few over the years in junkyards... I also know of 7 that go to the local cruise-ins...

Overall though, I'd say 1/2 are gone, trashed, roached, rusted, dead, or otherwise toast...  popcrn
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2011, 03:47:35 PM »

3/4 gone!  I remember going to pick-a-part in Sun Valley CA in 1989 and there were 10 complete 69 Chargers sitting side-by-side in the junk yard that included two r/t's and one with a slant six (225).  I cant count the countless ones I have seen through the years that were rotted out. Unless someone saved one, the body was prove to terminal rust.  At best 1/2 left, but most likely only 1/4 left (around 25K).  Just my thoughts.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2011, 04:02:06 PM »

The only reasonable answer is, not enough!
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2011, 04:30:25 PM »

3/4 gone!  I remember going to pick-a-part in Sun Valley CA in 1989 and there were 10 complete 69 Chargers sitting side-by-side in the junk yard that included two r/t's and one with a slant six (225).  I cant count the countless ones I have seen through the years that were rotted out. Unless someone saved one, the body was prove to terminal rust.  At best 1/2 left, but most likely only 1/4 left (around 25K).  Just my thoughts.

At 22,500 left (1/4 of production), that's only 450 left per state/avg.  yesnod
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2011, 04:56:00 PM »

The only reasonable answer is, not enough!

Good answer. I'm inclined to agree with you.   2thumbs
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2011, 05:10:31 PM »

More with a flag on the roof than without? 

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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2011, 05:24:56 PM »

I know of one now sporting a nose and wing yesnod
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2011, 05:30:33 PM »

3/4 gone!  I remember going to pick-a-part in Sun Valley CA in 1989 and there were 10 complete 69 Chargers sitting side-by-side in the junk yard that included two r/t's and one with a slant six (225).  I cant count the countless ones I have seen through the years that were rotted out. Unless someone saved one, the body was prove to terminal rust.  At best 1/2 left, but most likely only 1/4 left (around 25K).  Just my thoughts.

At 22,500 left (1/4 of production), that's only 450 left per state/avg.  yesnod

I dunno, I'd say 1/2 of that,,,,maybe.  From 69 until the the mid 80's, the population was skewed to the rust belt and the northeast.  Pretty short life for maybe 2/3's???  
"Anecdotally", I would think repro parts would have come on sooner if there were 1/4 surviving. (especilly adding in 1/4 of the 68's).

Just a WAG from a different angle. shruggy
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2011, 05:45:14 PM »

Yeah thought by what I've seen would be 1/4 to 1/3 at best left. You can't divide by state. It's just doesn't work that way. There could be 300 in ct yet 50 in Maine.
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2011, 07:52:25 PM »

Yeah thought by what I've seen would be 1/4 to 1/3 at best left. You can't divide by state. It's just doesn't work that way. There could be 300 in ct yet 50 in Maine.
It's just a big guess = I see a ton of 69's here, Probably more than a 1500+ just in Calif. or any other non-rust belt states...   Thanks to my mother getting P-Oed at me for too many cars, when I was younger living at home, I use to buy every 68-70 Charger I could, at least 2 69's, a 70 R/T & a 68 R/T were all crushed in Concord, Antioch & Martinez Ca. areas in 1977ish.... I headed her warnings about too many cars & projects on the property after that for sure....
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« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2011, 08:16:45 PM »

I know i have the only one registered in my county according my friend at the DMV
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« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2011, 08:17:46 PM »

I know of over 2500 of them (incl Daytona's & 500's)
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2011, 08:20:29 PM »

I know of over 2500 of them (incl Daytona's & 500's)


Do you register all 1969 Chargers, or only ones that are reported to you?

How do your #s compare w Wayne's from TDC Reg.?
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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2011, 08:26:33 PM »

We still have quite a few of them left.  We are short of people willing to spend $20-40K to restore them all. 

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« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2011, 08:30:34 PM »

my honest guess since you said NOT salvage/parts cars.. would be closer to 10000. i know of pretty much every 69 charger left within 100 mile radius of me. and including nice ones i bet there aren't 10. i can think of quite a few 70's oddly enough and a few 68's too.. after 42 years i bet the ratio of good and buildable 69 chargers is at 10000 or even under.
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« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2011, 08:45:31 PM »

We still have quite a few of them left.  We are short of people willing to spend $20-40K to restore them all. 




That's simple economics... Why drop $40k into a car that isn't going to be worth much more than 1/2 the whole investment? Take this car, for example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1969-69-Dodge-CHARGER-SE-R-T-clone-440-Big-Block-Engine-BEAUTIFUL-restoration-/130593560794?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item1e67fb98da#ht_2956wt_1167

They say they have $100k invested, appraised for $50k, but will take $30k... Trouble is, the car isn't selling, as it's been re-listed again...

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This car was bought in rough shape in 2001 (from North Carolina), and was a project car for several years during which it was restored to excellent condition.

I have foolishly spent close to $100K restoring this car (I have kept all receipts, but have been too afraid to add them all up!). It was recently appraised for half that amount, proving once again that it's much cheaper to buy a FULLY-RESTORED classic car than to restore it yourself (if I could only turn back time!).

Quite sad, actually, as the car looks decent in pics. However, what's it really worth?  popcrn Sorry, a bit off topic...
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« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2011, 10:12:02 PM »

I can think of at least 12 that I have seen myself around here and ones I've seen in Maryland.  That includes mine and 2 I've seen in junkyards.
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