One of the coolest (and in our opinion, smartest) trends we've seen in the last couple years are car guys and gals within the hobby using a vintage car as a daily driver. Take something like this 1974 Dodge Charger SE: it's still fast, fun, well-equipped, and looks absolutely awesome, and at its current price, it's cheaper than any decent new car you'll find. Best of all, you can drive it without losing money, because unlike a new car, it'll still be worth at least this much, or even more from .....
the data we've studied, five years from now. How can you lose?
This black-on-black Charger is quite simply a good-looking car, there's no doubt about that. Chrysler's fuselage styling has aged well and the sinister black color combination defies the period in which it was born and will look great for years to come. Proportions are classic muscle car, with a long hood and short deck, and it looks fast even sitting still. Good, straight bodywork and surprisingly good fit and finish make this car feel way more expensive than it is. The paint has a nice, deep gloss with a great shine that really pops in the sunlight, so you'll get admiring glances at any traffic light, and the chrome details really shimmer up against the sinister finish. Both chrome bumpers and their incorporated bumperettes are unique designs that were some of the first to be integrated into the body's shape rather than tacked on as an afterthought, and combined with the unique padded roof treatment, the sucker looks long, low, and sleek.
The fresh black interior is what makes this car especially cool, because it allows this car to be marketed as black-on-black-on-black, which is a car seller's dream combination. It may seem a little too dark for the milquetoasts of the world, but the woodgrain accents inside warm things up just enough that no one should complain. All the fresh components and overall great condition suggests a professionally restored and very well-maintained car and once you're situated behind the wheel, you'll find that this car feels more modern than its age would suggest. The high-back split bench does a decent impersonation of bucket seats and there's enough room in back for passengers who won't complain about the accommodations. It's got a complete Rallye gauge cluster inside the wood grain bezel, and amazingly, the original AM radio is still in place complete with both knobs on the left side. How cool is that? This car also features factory A/C that's been retrofitted with R134a refrigerant and blows cold, so driving it every day doesn't have to be a sacrifice. There's also a good-sized trunk out back outfitted with a reproduction mat, and it houses a full-sized spare and jack assembly, plus slick paint on the inside of the quarter panels and inner fenders, so you get to see how intricate the restoration really was.
The P-code 400 cubic inch V8 'B' engine with a factory 4-barrel carburetor is a great choice if you're going to drive the car regularly (or even just on weekends, for that matter), and it is indeed the original numbers matching motor this car was born with. Torquey and smooth, the big block remains unobtrusive in traffic but makes great V8 sounds when you open it up. It's also reasonably efficient compared to its earlier siblings, again perhaps making it a smart choice as a daily driver for when you want some good pop and low-end torque. It's all stock, including the orange dual-snorkeled air cleaner assembly and corporate turquoise engine enamel, although it looks like the alternator is brand new. The 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic powers a set of 2.76 gears which mean that this car cruises effortlessly at any speed. A burbling dual exhaust system makes it fun to drive but isn't overpowering and the factory undercoated chassis won't make you worry about rainy days. Power steering and power front disc brakes ensure a fun drive every time out, and correct Mopar Mag wheels with 245/60/14 BFGoodrich white-letter performance tires finish off the sinister look of this final year, 3rd generation B-Body.
It's pretty easy to see yourself driving this car regularly, isn't it? It's got all the right parts, all wrapped in a killer presentation for a bargain price. Give it a try and we promise you'll love it. Call today!