Welcome back to Copart, where the remains of hopes and dreams languish, hoping that someone out there cares enough to take the broken pieces of what had been a car and will put what’s left to good use, no matter what. Some days we peruse through the twisted metal and wonder if it’s even worth looking at twisted, bashed and utterly destroyed vehicles and wonder why we even bother. Then we happen on something like this 1969 Dodge Charger and realize that hope springs eternal…especially if you’re a die-hard Mopar freak and you believe you have what it takes to perform the ultimate restoration job.
Any Dodge Charger made between 1968 and 1970 has no shortage of willing buyers. To many, they are the muscle car. Hollywood loves the lines, television and film have given the B-body star power, and even if none of that existed, be honest: a black Charger with a big-block thump to the pipes sitting on the right wheels and tires is worth getting lumber over. Whether it’s got a blower through the hood, Vectors and a pushbar up front, or is simply beautifully restored and sitting on wider-than-stock Magnum 500s, we’d take a Charger all day long, and many would agree.
As for this car, we’re guessing the build was meant to emulate a little bit of the Fast and Furious cars, or maybe a few touches from Roadkill’s General Mayhem. Either case, someone had gone through and built up a hot driver, complete with a Hemi underhood. We can forgive a lot of sins for that engine. But then something happened that cooked the back end of the car like a rump roast. The interior escaped more-or-less unscathed, it seems, but the sheetmetal from the quarter windows back has a nice sear to it.
It wouldn’t be completely impossible to bring this car back to life, but would it be worth it?