A 1969 Dodge Charger Brought Me to the Dodge Brand

Thanks to a certain TV show, the 1969 Dodge Charger is responsible for creating more than its fair share of Mopar fans. We know we spent a good portion of our youth glued to the screen of the family television as Bo and Luke Duke outwitted and out-drove Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane around Hazard County. For Clint Davis, the show was the start of an obsession that eventually culminated in the purchase of one rough, but ultimately perfect ’69. Clint writes,

“I didn’t know what a Mopar was. I didn’t know what a Dodge Charger was. I just knew that the car looked fast sitting still, was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, and I was gonna have one.”
Through the years, Clint joined the army and was deployed around the world. The whole time he kept his eyes open for a Charger of his very own until eventually Clint laid his hands on white ’69 with a 440 that had its problems. With a little help from a friend and a lot of guts, Clint got the Charger home and began a rolling restoration that would culminate in a General Lee tribute designed to honor the memory of his father.
“I had decided on painting the car blue, because, by that time, a lot of people had already done what I intended to, living out their childhood dream of owning a General Lee. In 2007, I won my first trophy for “under construction.” That same year, my dad passed away. He was a WWII vet, and by the time I was 9, he was 50. After his death, I decided to reverse my decision and put the car in the body shop, intending to make it a General Lee dedicated to him, because that was the only TV show we ever watched together. Now that it’s painted Hemi orange, I think I’ll hold off for a while putting vinyl decals on that beautiful paint.”
Clint, we thank you for sharing the story of your ‘69 and for your service in our country’s armed forces. Keep us posted on the build.


    Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Yes, it is stated very well in this article by Clint about the 1969 Charger, “I just knew that the car looked fast sitting still, was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, and I was gonna have one.”  Can we say that about the new ones?  Not really.  The overweight, stubby, loss of creativity is what we currently have.  You can ask any child in your neighborhood which car looks better a 1969 Charger or a 2011 Charger and they all prefer the 1969.  I have done so just to make sure I wasn’t prejudice against new vehicles.  In fact my neighbor has both and when he pulls out the ’69 the kids flock around it like vultures on road kill.  The new Charger is a good start, however, I know you can do better.

  • moparman
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    That would be me, and my car.  Thanks, RLD.  Closest I’ll ever be to being famous.  


    The ’69 really does generate a lot of interest when i drive it (hopefully again soon…).  When I first got it, people would follow me into gas stations and restaurants and ask if I wanted to sell it or if I needed a 440 or hemi for it.  One guy offered me $20,000.00 cash for it, totally unrestored, in the 7/11 parking lot.

    Had another guy follow me onto the freeway and when he pulled up next to me, he yelled “been following you for 3 miles, your car sounds great!”. 

  • moparman
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Oh, and RLD, nothing personal, but you added the statement about “buford t justice” to my story, and in actuallity I think you meant “Roscoe P. Coltrane”.  “buford was from the  Smokey and the Bandit movies.

  • SoCal Challengers.com
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Great story RLD!  Thanks for your service Clint and good luck with the build!

    Posted April 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Looking good as is!   I would forget about the tacky G.LEE pkg! Think about how many CHARGERs that show destroyed!  Being a 69 owner at that time, I loved the show at first
    also, but got burned out after seeing all those cars totaled.

  • moparnut
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

     mopar man, great looking car!!! Thanks for correcting the rosco thing, That was bugging me as I am a huge fan of the show. That also is the car and tv show that brought me to the mopar world.
     Some day I will have a 68-70 charger, Just hasnt worked out yet, When, not if i get one  it will be hemi orange and i would love to have it a gen lee but just to be orange would be a good compromise. really cant say enough just how good that car looks, congrats.
     I hope every time you drive it youll look over to the passenger seat and see your father.

  • moparman
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    “Looking good as is!   I would forget about the tacky G.LEE pkg! Think about how many CHARGERs that show destroyed”

    Actually, the approximate number is 309, which works out to be less than .01 percent of all 1968 and 1969 chargers produced.  (they used ’68s and ’69s on the show, but made them all LOOK like ’69s.

    Thousands of them were scrapped in the ’80s.  (note, I don’t count the 2005 movie, and neither do most original fans of the show)  The amount wrecked in the show will never be a a factor in weather or not the stickers go on and the push bar is mounted.  Or rather, it will never be a detracting factor, as watching those cars fly through the air was part of what drew me to the charger in the first place.  Remember, I saw the show when it first aired, and I was 9 years old (1979).  I never got tired of it, but was disappointed by the cheapenned effects used in the last season.

    Nothing tacky about that paint job, and anybody having problems with the roof needs to do some google searches concerning what that flag was actually used for during the civil war (hint…NAVY…hint).

    I figure I’ll leave the car orange for a few years, then maybe turn it into Lee.  Owning a ’69 charger was a lifelong goal, and now that I have one, I’m gonna enjoy it as long as I can.  It won’t be a trailer/garage queen.  If the sun is out, the ’69 will be too!  (who knows, maybe someday it’l be blue again, you just never know)

    One thing I know for sure, I can be having the absolute worst day of my life, and get in that car and drive, and things suddenly don’t seem so bad.  Instant stress relief!

  • moparman
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    moparnut, don’t worry, it just takes time and money.  I waited for 25 years before I found my car on e-bay.

    If someone had told me when I was 9 years old, that I would someday use a computer in my living room in Oreogn to buy a car in Utah, and a ’69 charger to boot, I would have told them they were crazy!


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