How many 1969 Dodge Charger 500s were made?
My buddy and I were having a conversation the other day, and he said the ‘69 Charger 500 is the rarest Charger of all time. How many of these cars were actually made?
Macy Fouse · Answered on Jan 06, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so clear—but it is interesting. According to some sources, only 392 units of the 1969 Dodge Charger 500 were made, but other sources claim that number is closer to 503 or even up to 559. Clearly, it’s unclear.
Why does the exact number matter? Well, in order for a car to qualify to race for NASCAR, at least 500 models had to be produced. Dodge had big plans for the Charger 500 to smoke NASCAR—but it stopped production of the muscle car short of the homologation requirement for one main reason: the Dodge Charger Daytona.
Both cars were built around the same time, and the Daytona’s build was faster and more aerodynamic than the Charger 500’s, which meant it was more likely to win races—and win it did. Dodge funneled more energy into producing the Charger Daytona, meeting the homologation requirements by just three units at a total of 503 cars.
That small production number also means the 1969 Dodge Charger 500 is a rare commodity—leading to a higher value. Depending on the condition you can expect to pay anywhere from $107,000 up to nearly $260,000 for one of these classic cars.
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