1969 Charger RT-SE – Katzeff’s Keeper
The ’69 Dodge Charger was a mass-produced muscle car but the 1969 Charger RT-SE proved more elusive. Of the 69,142 Chargers built that year, 20,100 Were R/Ts but this particular model is one of one as equipped. This was all decoded by Midwest muscle car guru Galen Govier.
The massive 7.2 liter 440c.i. V8 with the 4bbl carb was the top of the food chain in terms of available power for ‘69 Chargers. Richard Katzeff’s fresh restoration gives us a ride in a Time Capsule back to your local Dodge dealer at the close of the swingin’ 60s.
A lifetime muscle car enthusiast and organic farmer, Richard jumped headlong into restoring and showing Detroit Muscle approximately seven years ago. While Richard and his son Chris have their own shop to house, service and maintain their growing collection, he has used several shops to restore his projects. This light bronze poly (T3) stunner carrying the SE option (Code A47), was brought back to showroom condition by Julius Steuer from Restorations by Julius in Chatsworth, California.
About the only item that isn’t NOS or OEM is the PPG Deltron base coat mixed perfectly to match the factory T3 coded hue. They had to mix quite a lot to cover all that B-Body tin!
The heartbeat of the Charger was fully rebuilt, balanced and blueprinted to original factory specs at Restorations by Julius. The dual point ignition, the cast manifolds – all of it is displayed in like-new fashion under the heavy hood. The 720 torqueflight stands ready for a heavy right foot.
Inside, the cabin is fully decked in original S/E trim – that elusive blend of real leather and vinyl. If we had to guess, we’d say at least 90% of all Mopar muscle cars came with vinyl only, making this a rare bird. The sport steering wheel, wood grain instrument panel, pedal dress up option and lighting package are all accounted for.
Richard and Julius pulled off an effective restoration showing just how the 1969 Charger R/T SE embodied a combination of muscle and luxury. The car made its debut at the Goodguys Summer GetTogether in early June and will be featured at Mopar events this summer and fall. Joining the bronze Charger RT/SE in the Katzeff collection is a convertible ’67 Camaro SS, a ’68 Dodge Coronet and a ’69 Plymouth Roadrunner and others.
Liner Note: This is kind of funny. When we were doing our ’69 Charger research one of the Google search results was “How many Chargers were destroyed in Duke’s of Hazard?”