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Woman Saves 1972 Charger 500 With a 383 For Retirement

Woman Buys Charger in 1972 To Save for Retirement

Back in early 1972 Duane’s sister in law walked into the local Dodge dealer and purchased a 1972 yellow Charger 500 with a 383 4 barrel engine. She parked it in her garage in the year 2000 and put it on blocks. She is holding it like gold bullion for her retirement money when she does retire.

This Alabama car has never seen snow and has been garage kept it’s entire lifetime.  Not many of these originals owned by the original owner in the south anymore. This one must have been a 1971 holdover engine as they did not technically put a 383 in the 1972 Chargers.

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Some more Charger info

The 1972 Charger introduced a new “Rallye” option to replace the R/T version. The SE was differentiated from other 1972 Chargers by a unique formal roof treatment and hidden headlights. The 383 engine was replaced with a lower compression 4-barrel 400, while the 440 engine were still available, rated at net 280 hp (209 kW; 284 PS) rating instead of the previous 350 hp (261 kW; 355 PS) gross values. The ratings went down as the net horsepower measure was more realistic. Also beginning in 1972, all engines featured hardened valve seats to permit the use of regular leaded or unleaded gasoline rather than leaded premium fuel as in past years due to tighter emissions regulations. Though the 440+6 (designating a triple 2-barrel carb setup and 310 bhp (231 kW; 314 PS) was listed in the early 1972 sales literature, it was found in the August 1971 testing that this engine would not meet the new and more stringent 1972 emissions laws, although some early Dodge literature (August 1971 press) stated that this engine was available for 1972, and a few (six is the accepted number) factory installed six-pack Chargers were built, the engine was dropped out of production by September 1971. The low-compression 4-barrel 440 Magnum 280 hp (209 kW; 284 PS) with a 4-barrel carburetor then became the top engine, and the optional Pistol-Grip 4-speed Hurst manual shifter could be coupled to the 340, 400, and 440 Magnum engines. The Ramcharger hood scoop was discontinued, as well as elimination of optional lower geared performance rear axle ratios and extra heavy duty suspensions. It was also the final year for the Dana 60 differential, and was available only in combination with the 440/4 speed, heavy duty suspension, and the 3.54:1 rear axle ratio.


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  1. Jerry Shirley says:

    No this is wrong. In 1972 they had base Charger Coupe, an SE hardtop and a new Rallye hardtop, but no 500’s and the engine options were the 225 slant 6, 318, 400 and 440. No 383 in 1972


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