But only a handful of those had the sunroof option - 2,500 Chargers came with the sliding top panel above the front seats. Of course, the aftermarket offered the option of adding a skylight, and the customer could make his Charger unique.
Like putting a pair of individual panels above the bucket seats – check the gallery for a visual display of one. Installed on a 1973 big-block-powered Dodge Charger SE, the two-section sunroof puts a touch of rarity on this otherwise familiar Mopar.
Despite the increase in length, the car’s profile firmly left the impression of a long hood/short deck design. The sportiness was backed visually by the sloping rear window and trunk – a feature inherited from the previous model years of the third generation (which lasted from 1971 to 1974).
Eleven individual louvers on each tail lamp were assembled inside the rear bumper to barely leave space for the license plate. The ’73 Charger was longer, wider, and slightly taller than its generation siblings, but it also got the merciless engine down-tune.
The 440-cubic inch V8 (7.2-liter) was the most powerful option left for nostalgic buyers, albeit with a meager 280-hp and 375 lb-ft (284 PS / 508 Nm) dowry from its four-barrel Carter AFB carburetor. The other performance option was the trusty 400 CID (6.6-liter) V8 with a four-throat carb that would fire 260 hp (264 PS) and 335 lb-ft (454 Nm) to the rear wheels.
An excellent telltale detail about the high-performance 400-cubes V8 in the ’73 Charger was the dual machine gun muzzle exhaust pipes. Four barrels up front, and two at the back, below the massive cutaways of those overconfident rear lights.
The reliable 400-CID V8 is linked to an automatic three-speed (the bullet-proof TorqueFlite 727) and has a 3.55:1 Sure Grip Rear end. The modifications the seller lists include Vortec 906 heads, an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, a.455-inch valve-lift cam, headers, and electronic cut-outs.
The current owner – a Mopar loyalist down to his Plymouth Valiant convertible (which he drives regularly) and the ’73 D200 pick-up truck – has enjoyed this Dodge for 15 years. According to him, the car has all it takes to be driven as-is or upgraded to convenience, and the asking price of $11,000 is more than attractive.