The Dodge Charger, which debuted in 1966 as a fairly opulent fastback intended to compete with the Rambler Marlin, swiftly evolved into one of America’s hottest muscle cars. The moniker persisted until 1978, giving rise to hot iterations like the R/T and the Daytona built for NASCAR.
Not surprisingly, many of these Mopars built from 1972 to 1978 have ended up in junkyards over the years. And as long as there are plenty of first- and second-gen Chargers to save, third-generation examples won’t get much attention unless they have “R/T” badges on their front fenders. Because they’re quite rare.
The 1972 Charger you see here is not one of those cars. Because, as I said, Dodge eliminated both the R/T package and the HEMI for 1972. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth saving. Yes, it may be a plain-jane car that requires a lot of work, but it’s a solid example that has a surprisingly low amount of rust.
Granted, it doesn’t make much financial sense to restore and flip it. Such a process would require a five-figure investment that likely exceeds the car’s value in Concours-ready condition. According to Hagerty, a 1972 Charger in tip-top shape is worth a little more than $27,000. But this doesn’t necessarily mean bad news.
It doesn’t even have to be an all-original second-generation HEMI from the golden era. These engines are also rare and quite expensive. There are plenty of aftermarket options out there. All it needs is to look like a 426 mill and deliver enough oomph to turn the Charger into an unassuming beast with tire-shredding potential.
Just look at that sad hood and tell me it doesn’t deserve a shaker!