In July 1976 Chrysler dealerships throughout Australia received a copy of Bulletin No.93, sent from head office at Tonsley Park in Adelaide. This outlined the introduction of “a new and exciting limited edition Charger Marketing special” to be known as the ‘White Knight Specials’. These would be identifiable by the code number A50.
Not that anyone needed to check the ID plate. The White Knight Specials came in a choice of two colours, Arctic White and Amarante Red, with contrasting side panels bearing the word Charger in big, bold, block letters plus the White Knight logo. It’s hard to think of another Australian muscle car that was so blatantly identified.
Another clue was on the inside. The seats were white with a red stripe and red piping.
These cars would be hard to miss, and as the dealers soon realised, hard to shift at a time when sales of Chargers in any format were sluggish. Not everyone wanted one with white seats. Based on the XL level Chargers, the White Knights were a typical marketing exercise designed to clear surplus stocks at the end of a model’s shelf life. In this case the VK, which was launched in October 1975 (taking over from the VJ) and replaced in October 1976 by the CL range. Both the VJ and CL model Chargers had their own specials, the Sportsman limited edition (a run of 399) and the Drifter Pack option (73 sold) respectively.
With the CL model, sporting its substantially reworked front bodywork, just around the corner, Tonsley Park would have raced to get the White Knights out to dealers in mid 1976.
What was underneath the dramatic styling was the basic Charger XL with a 4.3-litre (265ci) engine and choice of D20 four-speed manual or C16 automatic. The changes were predominantly cosmetic. Another design feature was the front grille (except for the mesh panel), front turn bezels and front and rear bumpers painted in matching body colour, with special non-reflective paint on the bumpers. A pronounced front air dam was fitted, also painted in matching body colour.