July 17, 2007
My Dodge Charger "What if...."
....I had kept my Dodge Charger? This is a picture of the same car that I had, a 1970. Same color scheme as well. I must say that my car had a bit of a down home flavor to it what with the primered hood and front fenders and all. It was less paint to keep waxed! I came across a site with Chargers for sale. There was 1970 very similar to the one pictured above for a mere $48,000! I can't say what sort of time, effort, or expense I would have put in to mine had I kept it. Had I known it could have been worth nearly $50,000 I think I may have thought twice about trading it. Hindsight is 20/20.
This 1969 Charger Daytona is listed for sale at Deals on Wheels for a mere $220,000. The crazy thing is that they originally sold for around $4,000 with a 426 hemi. That was a lot of money back in 1969. If you took out a "big" $4,000 loan and paid the car off in a couple of years and kept it in your garage you could have been sitting on a virtual gold mine. Forecasting the future price of a not-yet-classic car would have been difficult to do. I guess that's where the "what if..." comes into play!
My best friend, Chris who lived across the street from me had a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner that looked exactly like the one above. He even had the "Air-Grabber" hood scoop. It would come open at a certain engine rpm. There was a vacuum line hooked up to it and when you jump on the gas it would raise itself. Quite cool. There were teeth on the sides of the scoop similar to what you would see on the old WWII P-40 Warhawks. Very coolstuff.