When it comes to 1969 sunroof Chargers, it doesn’t get much better than this one. The earliest information I have on this rare treat is from a friend (Lee) of the long time owner. Lee’s friend purchased the car around 1984 when he was in the military. I am not sure of the cars disposition through the 1980’s and early 1990’s, but about 10 years later, Ralph Barbagallo spotted it on the side of the road in Maine (Pictures of the car in red). He took a couple of photos of it and kept in touch with the owner through the years.
Sometime after Ralph spotted the car, the owner hired an individual to get rolling on restoring the car. Unfortunately, the owner did not have much luck with this individual. After many years went by, and little progress was made, the owner finally brought it home in its dismantled state. The long time owner decided he was going to do the car himself, along with the help of Lee. Some progress was made, but in the end, the owner decided to sell the car in late 2021.
This is where the Stevens brothers stepped in. The brothers also knew of the car as far back as the early 2000’s. When the car became available, they didn’t hesitate, and now it is in their hands to restore back to how it looked brand new. And what a stunner this car will be when done.
Not only is this car the high end R/T SE model, it is chocked full of goodies from the option list. In addition to the SE trim items, this car has power disc brakes, dual chrome mirrors, luggage rack, tachometer, speed control, power windows, AM 8-track radio, and the cool V21 hood performance paint. And to top it all off, the car comes wrapped in Bahama Yellow, which was a new special color introduced in the spring of 1969.
I will be checking out the restoration progress on this prized Charger at the Stevens Restoration Facebook page, found here:
Scott Pausch – My 1973 charger SE 440, special order paint JB9 blue. Waiting for spring to show, that’s the original vinyl top back on the car, and it looks great. Just finishing up the 2.5 year restoration on it.
Looks great Scott! Enjoy cruising and sharing that one this year!
Jake Wuerfele has unearthed a really cool one, complete with barn dust! This Rallye Red Challenger is just a 318/Auto car, but it is loaded with cool options. So much so, that the option codes have spilled over onto a second fender tag! Some of the cooler options include: Rallye dash, power brakes, 6-way seat, dual mirrors, A/C, luggage rack, power windows, and AM-FM stereo radio. It will need a full restore, but in the end, it will be an incredibly cool car. Good luck Jake with your awesome find, and thanks for sharing it with us!
This 1972 sunroof Imperial 2-Door Hardtop is an HB1 Light Blue car with Black vinyl top, and the B5 Medium Blue interior. It still has its standard 440-4bbl engine mated to the 727 Automatic transmission. Only around 221 total 1972 sunroof Imperials were built, with only a couple dozen of the two-door models being produced – which this one is. Loaded with options, this car is fairly straight, but will need some TLC to get back on the road. To see the for sale ad – just head on over to the Cars For Sale page.
Georg keeps a registry of large barges over in Europe – and has sent me several sunroof cars over the last several years. Thanks again Georg! Here are a few 1973 sunroof Imperials that he has sent my direction.
This 1973 sunroof Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus is going up for sale just as soon as the museum releases the car back to the owner. Gorgeous GK6 Autumn Bronze with the Parchment color interior. The owner decided to forgo the full vinyl top and go with the cleaner look of a painted top. This car is loaded up with options, including power brakes, center console, extra chrome trim, and of course the sunroof. Follow the Facebook link and send Javier a message if you are interested.
Mopar fan Seth is always on the lookout for cool and interesting cars. He has so kindly passed along some of his sunroof Mopar finds over the years to the Mopar Sunroof Registry. This one in particular caught my eye because it is a loaded (or was loaded, haha) Executive Lease or Public Relations car, with its fender tags intact. That’s right, fender tags plural – that’s how loaded this car was.
This car was outfitted with the trusty 318 cubic inch engine, torqueflite automatic transmission, and decked out in B5 Blue, a white canopy vinyl top, white side stripes, and a black bucket seat interior from the factory. Before the vultures hit, it was loaded up with Power disc brakes, Center console, Heavy duty 65 amp alternator, Chrome driver’s remote mirror, A/C, Inside hood release, Rocker and wheel well bright mouldings, Cruise control, AM/FM radio, and of course, the manual sunroof. No doubt a stunner in its day, it now sits in a Missouri junkyard waiting for someone to realize its potential. Not for the faint of heart, this one will likely need a complete donor car to replace the rotted sheet metal, and a lot of the parts and pieces that have been plucked from this once cool car.
If you think you have the moxie and the mettle to bring this one back from the dead – it is for sale for $1500. The junkyard owners are happy to sell classics out of the yard if your interested in a restoration. The business name is Clay & Sons, and the address is 674 Wideman Road, Catiwissa MO. Phone numbers are – (636)-257-4669 or (314)-954-0815.
Georg from Germany sent me these photos. They were taken by Guy Linden out of Luxembourg back in 1999. This 1973 4-door sunroof Imperial was Burnished Red Metallic (GE7) with a White vinyl top and White interior. With it being around 26 years old in 1999, it looks like it has been taken care of pretty well, and should still be around today. Anyone spot this classic lately?
This 1972 sunroof Barracuda will be running across the Mecum auction block on Saturday the 18th. Mecum Indy auction lot number S58. Base model (BH23) 318/Auto in Quadruple White. Nicely optioned car with the Rallye gauges and the sport hood. Photos by Mecum Auction.
The latest 1972 Challenger addition to the Sunroof Registry hails from sunny southern California. The current owner, Jaime, acquired this beast around a year ago from a good friend of his, who had owned it for the previous 6 years. During that time, Jaime’s friend did a nut and bolt restoration on this car, and gave it a serious boost in horsepower. Originally a 318-2 barrel car, it now has a Hemi sitting between its fenders. Besides the engine upgrade and a black vinyl top, instead of the original white vinyl top, the remainder of the restoration put the car back close to its original appearance. The car has a great factory color combo, and some nice factory options too. The Hemi orange paint looks great along with the black interior.
Jaime doesn’t keep this car to himself. In the short time he has owned it, he has exercised it a bit and has been to several shows. He won 1st place in the muscle car class at the Marina Del Rey Killer Shrimp Killer Rides show, and took it out to the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion last September. Congratulations Jaime on your killer ride, and I hope that you continue to exercise and share your ride with others in the coming years.