For Sale: 1973 Dodge Charger in OKEANA, Ohio

Vehicle Description

You are looking at a truly unique 1973 Dodge Charger.  This was a customer ordered car, which means it was made with the options / combinations the customer wanted. (to a point, more later).  One of the things that makes this car unique is the Ralleye Package in combination with SE trim in TX9 Black.  This combination could be a 1 of 1.  With the 4-Speed manual it is certainly low number car.  The Vin as assigned (WH23P3) indicates it is 1 of 396 4-speed cars made in 1973.  Considering it has an SE appearance (WP29P3 SE Vin) it could be 1 of 271 4-speed cars made in SE configuration.

This car is a survivor and as I know it, I am the 3rd owner.   It is mostly original.  The second owner had the car re-painted in the early 2000s and at that time, no one was reproducing the rally stripes, so he had a pair custom made as close to the original as possible.  This car looks good for 20 some years old paint.  I have the broadcast sheet for this car and have meticulously decoded it and the fender tag.  I have included the details below.  This is a Lynch Road car, so from what I understand the broadcast sheets and fender tags varied by plant and Lynch Road did not list every item on the sheet/tag, just the exceptions to what a “standard” car would be.

This beautiful Dodge Charger rolled off the assembly line on 5/1/1973 at 6:47 in the morning.  It began its life with a 400 high performance engine.  I was told the original owner wanted a 440 manual with A/C and he could not order that combination, but he could get the 400 with that combination.  As a condition of the sale, the selling dealer installed the 440 six-pack before the original owner  took delivery.  I have no way of verifying this, but everything else on the car has checked out according to the broadcast sheet and fender tag.  The 440 block has a 1968 date code, so based on that date, the 440 engine was manufactured before 1973 and is one of the “high horsepower blocks”.  The second owner installed the CD player/speakers and the headers/exhaust.  Maintenance and after market items were installed over the years.  This includes wheels/tires, shocks, coil / wires.   I have replaced the clutch and front shocks. Other than the engine, paint and the items I have noted;  this car is as it was ordered back in 1973.  As far as I know, everything is original unless noted.

This car is not perfect, but what almost 50 year old car is?  Under my ownership, I elected to keep it original.  As you can see from the pics, the driver’s seat has a split seem.  There is a small mouse hole in the headliner by the shoulder belt.   This beautiful Charger has just over 55,000 miles on the odometer.  I have owned it since 2007 and it has won many trophies over the years. 

Asking $55,000 for this rare Dodge Charger

1973 Dodge Charger Details

WH23P3 is 1 of 396  WP29P3 is 1 of 271

Decoding of Fender Tag: Bottom to Top, Left to Right (Lynch Road Tag)
Code    Description
E68    400-4 Barrel High Performance
D21    Heavy Duty 4-Speed Manual Transmission
WH23    W = Dodge Coronet / Charger H = High 23 = 2 Door Hardtop
P3A    P = 400 260HP(net) 1-4BBL 8 CYL 3 = 1973 A = Lynch Road, MI, USA
242397    VIN Sequence Number '242397'
TX9    Paint Code: Black / Black Velvet
H6X9    Trim Grade/Style/Color H = High 6 = Vinyl Bucket Seats X9 = Black
TX9    Upper Door Frame: Black / Black Velvet
501    Date Built: 5 / 01 / 1973
121038    Order Number: 121038
TX9    Roof Type OR Color:  Black / Black Velvet
U    Built to Specifications for USA Order
V21    Performance Hood Treatment
H51    Single Air /w Heater
V6R    Longitudinal Stripes, Red
26    26 in. Radiator
G11    Tinted Glass All
G37    Left Hand Remote, Right Hand Manual Chrome Racing Mirrors
09118    09 = Gate 9  118=18th body through the gate for production day (101 = 1st)
238045    Sequence number since beginning of production year. (100001 = 1st)
056    Last 3 digits of Engine Assembly
989807    989 = Last 3 Digits of Axle Assembly
807 = Last 3 Digits of Transmission Assembly
2 K    Inspection Tag -  Inspector 2, Inspector K

Broadcast Sheet Decoding
Line 1
Sequence Number    B237623
Vehicle Order Number    Unreadable
VIN    
Car Line    WH = Charger Hardtop
Body Type    23 = 2 Door Hardtop
Engine    P = 400 4-Barrel
Year    3 = 1973
Plant    A = Lynch Road, MI
Build Spec    U = USA
Sold Car    Y14 = Sold Car It was ordered by a customer
Finish    Y97 = 3 Gallons of Gas

Line 2
Engine    E68 = 400-4 Barrel High Performance
Trans    D21 = Heavy Duty 4-Speed Manual Transmission
Axle    D53 = 3.23 Gear Ratio
D8Size    3 = 8 ¾ inch Axle Size
D91 S/G    1 = Sure Grip Axle
Tires    T93 = Raised White Letter G70 x 14
Trim Code    H6X9 = 
H = High Price Class
6 = Vinyl Bucket Seats
X9 = Black
UDF Color    TX9 = Black Upper Door Frame
Paint Style    V01 = Single Tone Paint Scheme
Body Paint    TX9 = Formal Black
Roof Top Style    TX9 = Black Vinal Top
K Stripe 1st    V6R = Longitudinal Stripes, Red

Line 3
Steering Column    315 X9 7005 = B-Body, Power Steering, Floor Shift, Black, Non-TiltSteering Wheel    
25 X9 25 = Unknown  X9=Black
Horn Pad    80 X9
80 = 3 Button Horn X9=Black
Rad    47 = 3673947 26” Core
Hose Inlet    57 = 2863257 Max Cool
Alt    11 = 3656711 or 3755411 Dual Pully
Fan    49 = 3462149 7 Blade Fan
Fan Spacer    79 = 3462179 Thermal
Bat    62 = Unknown
V    V21 = Performance Hood

Line 4
Vac Fit    11 = 3 Way .122 Diameter
Engine    056 = Last 3 Digits of Engine Assembly
Carb    32 = Unknown
Trans    807 = Last 3 Digits of Transmission Assembly
Pin    32 = 32 Teeth P/N 2538932
Shaft    101 = P/N 2996101 Type 7290 50.68 Length 3.25 Diameter 
Axle    989 = Last 3 Digits of Axle Assembly
Wheels    Road / Color / Spare
60        TX9      00
Also See Line 12 W Codes
Wheel Cover    54 = Standard Dodge Wheel Cover
Also See Line 12 W Codes
Frame    49 = Unknown
Front S/Bar    91 = P/N 3402891
Shock FT    01 = Standard Shock  
See Line 12 S Codes
Shock RR    63 =Unknown
See Line 12 S Codes

Line 5 
(All Last Digits of Part Numbers Unless Noted)
Torsion Bar    659 658
Rear Spring    752 752
Clutch/Brake    56 20
Exhaust    945 948
Tail Pipe    03 02
Car Height    BP1  (BP5 is standard height, below is low and above is high.)
Mas Cyl    45

Line 6
Time    6:47  Rolled off the line on 5/1/1973 at 6:47 in the morning
Carpet    FT = 34 Color = X8 (Black) RR = 00
Wiring    ENG FRT=39  ENG RR=00  H/LP=26  (All last digits of P/N)
Pulley    Drive=82 3614382 Fan=07 3698907  (All last digits of P/N)
Drive Belt    Fan=00 P/Stg=85 AC=82 A/inj=00  (All last digits of P/N)

Line 7
Console    C16 = Center Console
Rear
Arm Rests    C23 = Arm Rest with Ash Tray
Seats    C56 = Bucket Seats
Carpet    C93 = Standard Carpet
Rear Size    B25=Brake size 10.00 x 2.50
Disc    B41=Front Disc Brakes
A Combo 
Groups    A57 = Rallye Package

Line 8
Heater    H51 = Air Conditioning
Glass    G11 = Tinted Glass
Mirror O/S    G37 = Left Hand Remote, Right Hand Manual Chrome Racing Mirrors
Mirror Inside    G41 = Prismatic Day/Night Mirror
Alter    F11 = 70 Amp Hr Alternator
Battery    F23 = 59 Amp Battery with Yellow Caps
Blank Box    F92 = Unknown

Line 9
Glove Box    J11 = Lockable Glove Box Lid
Cigar Lighter    J15 = Cigar Lighter
Wipers    J25 = 3 Speed Wipers
Horns    J31 = Dual Horns
Hood Pin    J45 = Chrome Hood Pins
Hood Rel.    J52 = Inside Hood Release
Hood     J54 = Sport Hood
Inst. Panel    J97 = Rallye Instrument Panel 
Map Light    L5 = Map Light
Glove Box    L11 = Glove Box Light
Ash Tray    L15 = Ash Tray Light
Cargo/Trunk    L25 = Trunk Compartment Light
Turn Signal    L31 = Fender Mounted Turn Signal
    
Line 10
Drip Trough    M21 = Drip Rail
Sill    M25 = Wide Body Moulding
Wheel Lip    M26 = Chrome Lip Moulding
Rear/Front Guards    M85 = Front and Rear Bumper Guards
Ign Switch    L65 = Time Delay Ignition Switch Light
H/L On Signal    L72 = Headlight on Warning Signal

Line 11
Dual Exhaust    N41 = Dual Exhaust
Exhaust Tips    N42 = Exhaust Tips
Coolant    N76 = Coolant Recovery Canister
Gov/Tack    N85 = Tachometer

Line 12

Radio    R11 = Music Master AM
Front Shock    S01 = Standard Front Shock
Rear Shock    S31 = Standard Rear Shock 

Vehicle Details

  • 1973 Dodge Charger
  • Listing ID:CC-1517261
  • Price:$55,000 (OBO)
  • Location:OKEANA, Ohio
  • Year:1973
  • Make:Dodge
  • Model:Charger
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:55180
  • Trim Level:SE
  • VIN:WH23P3A242397
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Vinyl Roof:Yes
  • Restoration History:Partially Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • Tinted Windows:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Engine History:Replaced
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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