Auto R/T Charger I

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Mail -

I read with in­ter­est the story in AMC #89 about the au­to­matic Charger R/T re­cov­ered from Wales in the UK. I won­der if there was an­other au­to­matic R/T pro­duced be­cause I saw one at Doug Chivas’ Syd­ney work­shop around 1979-80. I bought the only Alpine White E49 small tank R/T Charger from a used car dealer on Par­ra­matta Road in 1975 with only 18,000 miles on the clock. A few years later on a trip to Can­berra the throt­tle jammed caus­ing the en­gine to rev to 7000 rpm and do­ing some dam­age to the valve gear and clutch. I got the car back to Went­worthville where I lived and stripped the en­gine down for a re-build. Doug Chivas helped with the ma­chin­ing and on a trip to his work­shop one day I no­ticed a red or or­ange R/T Charger there with the bon­net up. I could not re­sist hav­ing a look and the first thing I no­ticed was the auto gear­box and the triple We­bers. I asked Doug who would fit an au­to­matic box to this model and he replied the car was owned by a Chrysler ex­ec­u­tive and the in­stal­la­tion was done at the fac­tory!

There it was, I saw it with my own eyes; Doug and I spoke some time about it and other re­lated Charger mat­ters – he wished he had kept his Charger. I won­der what hap­pened to this car. It’s a pity Doug has de­parted this life oth­er­wise he could have ver­i­fied this story.

A few years ago you did a brief story about my Charger, I sold it in 1988 to a Chrysler en­thu­si­ast who also hap­pened to own Leo G’s orig­i­nal ear­lier model ute which was used in the de­vel­op­ment of the Charger or so he told me. I lost track of my car after that. Dave Re­gal Gold Coast, QLD ED: Dave, our Chrysler ex­perts tell us that just one au­to­matic R/T is listed on the build sheets that de­tail Charger pro­duc­tion. How­ever, if a car was changed from man­ual to auto after ini­tial as­sem­bly it would ap­pear on the build sheets as a man­ual car, so that’s one pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for the car you saw in Doug Chivas’s work­shop. Hope­fully your let­ter prompts con­tact from this car’s owner. Re­gard­ing the Alpine White small tank E49 you once owned, the build sheets show that this was one of three such cars pro­duced at Ton­s­ley Park.

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