When did 2nd Gen Charger prices explode?

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    SO where is the safe money - If you could only have one do you buy a 68-70 Charger or a 70-71 Cuda? Which one is going to appreciate the most - anyone out there with a crystal ball?
     
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    The 68-70 Charger is a 3 year design, the 'Cuda is 5 years.
    My money is on the Charger.
     
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      "The 68-70 Charger is a 3 year design, the 'Cuda is 5 years.
      My money is on the Charger
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      I agree and you probably nailed down the answer to the original question! A Sexy body with a short run which equates to High Demand/Desirability.
       
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      • cuda Hunter

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        the cuda's only money is in the first 2 years.
        the 2-4 will never bring the money the 0-1's bring. Mostly due to the lack of options in those years.
        Cuda's will stay the top dog. Chargers are definitely next. my opinion only.
         
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        The 70 RT IMO is the best of the breed, but then again I say the same about the 70 RR... I would love to have one but I cannot afford even a basket case these days.
         
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        Both the Cuda and Charger are iconic models, but the Charger looks like nothing else whereas the Challenger and Cuda were similar. IMO the Charger has a wider appeal. As to which is "safe" money, I think either would be a good bet. All of this is kind of funny to me because growing up as a Mopar guy, I was deeply in love with the Challenger and still am. I like the Cuda a lot but given the choice I would always take a Challenger over a Cuda. "back in the day" I had like 6 Challengers and 1 Cuda (albeit an AAR). I had 3 Chargers, 69 parts car, 68 RT and a 70 RT but only the 68 was a running car while I owned it; it was a beast 383 AT car but it went like a scalded dog..
         
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        I agree with Kern Dog, it is only a 3 year run with each of the 3 years being different. That, mixed with the fact that it has some of the best body lines of any car throughout history. (Maybe I'm a little biased) It's hard to beat the looks of a 2nd gen Charger. 51946460_10215569572604906_4776990131305316352_ngvghvgdghdhfgh45664ygfyyguyg.jpg 58787508_3249086045117490_7941504618905731072jdfh.jpg
         
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          What has sold for more on Barrett and Mecum. Hemi chargers or Hemi cuda's?
           
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          Well, what are the production figures on both? I don't think auction sales are necessarily an accurate indicator. That said, I am pretty sure that a Hemi Cuda holds the record of which has sold for more money.
           
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            It's another one of those cars that you wished you bought a dozen and stored them away until now.

            2002 my brother bought a '68 for $750. It had been sitting in storage for thirteen years. Only had it home for a half an hour and had it running, on the gas in the tank! He gave it to his son who still has it...in storage.
             
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            Sure, the rarity of the 70-71 Hemi models are impressive but with only 20 or so ever built, counting on finding one as an investment is pointless.
             
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              Gotta hear more about that....how did he find one for 750? Widow? Ex wife deal?
               
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              The owner had a body shop, heard my son and I talking about old mopars. He said he had a charger. I asked if he wanted to sell it. He said it's in the back of his shop and it's been there for 13 years. He just got tired of driving it. I asked how much, he said $800. I was going through the big "D" at the time so I called my brother and told him where to go and to bring the trailer. We looked it over, solid car, engine wasn't locked up, I told my brother to offer the guy $700. and they met in the middle at $750. It had been repainted once and looked pretty much rust free. Engine sounded good also.

              You win some, you loose some.
               
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                You can also LOSE some whether they are tight or not ! :bananadance:
                 
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                • ChargerM440

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                  I bought my 69 Charger in 2002 (maybe 03) for $2800. It was a 318/auto car with some typical quarter panel rust in the passenger rear wheel well. I was 15 at the time. The Charger was sitting behind a body shop and the owner kept telling me that if I couldn't get the money he'd "through a blown 440 in it and sell it for eight grand".

                  From what I can remember, the Dukes movie (2005) spurred interest in Chargers more than Fast and Furious (2001). Most of the retards I hung with thought "the black car at the end" was a Chevelle. :rolleyes: I specifically remember watching a news story about the increasing value due to the new Dukes movie, too. After 2005, I couldn't leave it parked in the driveway or in front of the house without people trying buy it off me. Must have been that fresh coat of flat black rattle-can enamel.


                  Here's an interesting article from that time frame:
                  https://money.cnn.com/2005/07/29/Autos/funonwheels/charger_prices/
                   
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                  • Richard Cranium

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                    1968 Chargers are timeless automotive beauty, but to me, it's all in the grille. For example, 1970 Charger....

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                    1969 Charger....

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                    1968 Charger...

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                      The scallops are especially tasty when wrapped in bacon.

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                      • SteveSS

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                        I think a good design coupled with performance will always make a classic. 60's muscle was lucky because the performance was peaking at the same time designers were allowed to go wild, with no thoughts of safety just beauty.
                         
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                        I'm 1/4 the way there. :)


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                          Lucky man, awesome collection DIck :thumbsup:
                           
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