Classics Week – The Street Vs Race Track – 1969 Dodge Charger VS 1967 Pontiac GTO
It’s Classics Week at Carsforsale.com and therefore for our Monday Vehicle Matchup, instead of comparing two new 2015 models, today we took a look at two popular classics. The 1969 Dodge Charger and 1967 Pontiac GTO represent the Golden Age of muscle cars; the 1960’s. The Charger was built for the race track and the GTO was built for the street. Which classic will triumph when we compare the two in a Carsforsale.com Vehicle Matchup?
1969 Dodge Charger
MSRP: Starting at $3,100
Inside the 1969 Dodge Charger:
By 1969, the Charger had been in production for a 4th year and had already seen a 2nd generation model. The 1969 edition gave buyers a wide range of options with several different trim options including the SE (special Edition), R/T, 500 and Daytona. The base model SE included a 383 cubic inch 6.3L engine with 290 horsepower. The 1969 edition had several additional engine options depending on which trim option you wanted, although it was only available in the two-door body style.
The 1969 Dodge Charger was made famous by the television show Dukes of Hazzard, although that wouldn’t begin until ten years later in 1979. In 1968, Dodge made its introduction into NASCAR with the Charger R/T. This however failed to beat other competitor vehicles on the track due to aerodynamics. During what was then called the “aero wars” between Ford, Dodge and Chrysler, the Daytona was born. It debuted on April 13th, 1969 which would be the day that changed the history of the Charger forever. With a new fiberglass nose and wing, the Daytona edition prompted over 1,000 orders in the first few hours of being announced. This would be the car that was able to compete with Ford and Chrysler at NASCAR races. The Charger Daytona was the first car to reach 200 MPH on the race track and won it’s very first at the 1969 Talladega 500. In an ironic twist of fate, the Ford Torino Talladega went on to win at the Daytona 500; meaning the Talladega won at Daytona and the Daytona won at Talladega.
1967 Pontiac GTO
MSRP: Starting at $2,871
Inside the 1967 Pontiac GTO:
Similar to the ’69 Charger, the Pontiac GTO was in the 4th year of production and although still in what is considered the 1st generation, received a major facelift coming into 1967 including the front grill and rear tail lights. The GTO was available to consumers in three body styles between the convertible, sports coupe and the most-popular hardtop. The engine was a 400 cubic inch 6.5L V8 which was available in three models: economy (265hp) standard (335 hp) and high output (360hp).
The Pontiac GTO was made famous at the time in the 1960’s television show “The Monkees” which was a pop-rock back who drove a Monkeemobile, or modified 66’ Pontiac GTO. Unlike the other manufacturers that were flocking to produce cars that competed in NASCAR or other auto racing, General Motors banned any involvement in auto racing from any of their divisions. Therefore, the Pontiac GTO focused on street performance and was billed as “The Great One” or “Ultimate Driving Machine.” It is because this vehicle was built for driving as opposed to racing that consumers had more options to choose from besides just the engine type, like the Dodge Charger.
Our Pick for Winner:
Base Model: 1967 Pontiac GTO
Pontiac was at the forefront of the muscle car boom in America and the 1967 Pontiac GTO is easily one of the best looking, iconic classic cars from the 1960’s. The GTO was built for the street by one of the most prolific car designers of the 20th century in John Delorean.
Upgrades: 1969 Dodge Charger
Though two years newer than its matchup, this hands down goes to the Dodge Charger for the introduction of the 1969 Daytona edition. It was a beast on wheels and the first car in NASCAR history to break the 200 MPH mark. It’s a shame that so few were sold back in 1969, but the collector value of this classic car is subsequently very high.
You. Tell. Us. They are both winners in our book.