I first noticed the Charger when I was 6-1/2 years old. David Minor was getting out of an all green 1969 Charger R/T 426 Hemi. I remember telling a friend of mine in kindergarden that the car needed a muffler!
He said no, that is David Minor's dads race car! I remember then liking the sound! Spent years drawing dragsters and hotrods until I could drive!
Picked up a 1969 Dodge Charger 383 4bbl in 1980. Have been restoring the car since 1980 and had it 32 years!
All my life I have wanted a Hemi. I remember seeing a 1971 Hemi Cuda in 1981 for $2,200 and couldn't afford it. I would look at Hemi cars periodically and finally was looking at a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi 4 speed...mink brown with a black interior, black vinyl top and black R/T stripe with the 1969 recall 15 inch rims. They wanted $275,000 for it. I could have purchased it, but that is an awful lot of money!!!!
One of my friends said hey, don't buy another dinosaur, go and get an SRT8! I said I don't want a Neon! He said no the SRT8 not the SRT4! He said that is an SRT8 Charger....I said the new 4 door Charger? That one is Ugly! He said just go drive one!
I had to get my 2005 Grand Caravan SXT repaired and took it to Ganley Dodge where I had purchasd it. I know the owner well so once I had dropped off the van he asked me what I was going to drive while the van was being repaired? I said maybe I will have my wife pick me up. He tossed me the keys for a 2006 White Dodge Charger R/T. He said just drive this till they get yours back! Well 4 days of driving a 5.7 told me I had not outgrown the growl out the back.
When I returned the car, I asked him about an SRT8. He said he had just got a couple of them in. We can go take a test drive.....I said sure, why not! He showed me the 20 inch rims, the wing, the large exhausts and when I got in it, the hood reminded me of my friends 1970 AAR Cuda. When I got on the entrance ramp, Bob said hey, get on it. I did so and was like Will Smith in the movie Independence day......when he drove the alien craft...."I gotta get me one of these!!!" I went home after the experience and just couldn't shake it. I needed to get one, not just say I had driven one when they were new etc. I told my wife I am getting one and she said we don't need another car! I said don't even think about thinking about trying talk me out of this one! "what have I wanted all my life????" She said a Hemi car! I said that is why!
So, I told Bob Ganley to just order me a black Dodge Charger SRT8 with every option and just call me when it is in! That was in February. Picked it up on April 20th 2006. Hey, 45k vs 275k and have a warranty! I have loved the new experience with the Charger and am proud to park it next to the 69! I guess the desire for performance never truly dies!
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