1976 Chrysler Charger CL 256 4.3L Hemi


Powerful Aussie Icon


Shortly after buying the car we noticed a few problems, most of these due to the rough treatment by the previous owner.

Alternator was wired up wrong, causing the battery to boil.

Indicators/Headlights sometimes didn't work.

After pulling the front apart to get to the headlights we discovered a lot of mud behind the lights, previous owner had obviously smashed the car into an embankment.

Cassette player didn't work (previous owner had installed a CD player, may not have re-installed the cassette player properly)

Doesn't like cold mornings.

General Comments:

After all the little niggles were sorted out (only a few hundred dollars) The car has been running almost perfectly, only one problem is idling.

Recently I have had to pull over to the side of the road to re-adjust the idle screw/spring. After carefuly adjusting it at home, the motor now works fine and doesn't miss a beat.

The car is in exceptional condition for a 30 year old car, if your looking at buying a 30 year old car, and not expecting any problems, you had better have deep pockets.

The charger is one of the most powerful Australian made cars, ever. Once you put your foot down, the tail drops down and the powerful Hemi roars to life. Quick off the line and once you go past about 3000rpm, you can start to hear, and feel the real power.

Even though I have only owned this car for about 9 months, all of those months have been incredible fun.

I have given the Charger a lower score in the upkeep and costs area because of its fuel economy, and said no to purchasing another car from the manufacturer because new chryslers aren't what they used to be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd April, 2006

13th Jun 2006, 09:37

I own a 1977 CL Charger 318 V8 auto. I'm the second owner and it has 132,256 kms on the clock. It runs very well, but is very thirsty. Small price to pay for such a good car which I have owned for the past 8 years. Larry Maguire, Qld.

13th Jun 2007, 23:11

I own a CL 318 which I've had since 1979. Auto - Stellar blue - simmons wheel with 98,000 original on the clock. This mainly due to it not being driven very much at all for 15 years and is in mint condition. Albert Sabadin S.A

21st Mar 2008, 08:13

Top cars in the looks department & bullet proof mechanicals, but pity about the panel fatigue - they rust very badly!!

Worst places is the sills, boot floor & front windscreen.

1971 Chrysler Charger VH 4.3


Very easy to make it a neck snapping car


Distributor gear blew at high revs when I was burning rubber.

The diff blew also due to excessive burnouts.

General Comments:

The motor I have installed is not a standard 265 Hemi.

This explains why the motor still runs, but the blown factory components had to be changed.

Very comfortable seats.

The police once pulled me over, not for an offence or an unroadworthy, but simply wanted to enjoy the sight of my car up close.

Believe it or not, they then actually told me to 'give it a bit of stick' when I take-off.

Ford's 351 may be a quick motor even when worked on, but I wouldn't under estimate the power of a worked 265.

Back in the 70's there was a Repco Charger made for the race tracks. This car had a fuel injected 5 litre V8, which produced 500hp (370kw), and a 5 speed gear box, we're talking the year 1973 people. I have never heard of this car until it appeared in Australian Muscle Car magazine October 2002. Check it out if you don't believe me.

The Charger is a sports car, short wheelbase, wide track dimensions, built in spoiler, 2 door coupe, and light weight.

What's the Falcon? It's a family car with plastic bits bolted on, so it must be a sports car. If Ford can build the motor, they sure should have built the car to go with it.

I have also recently found out that Ford calculates kilowatts differently to Holden. Can't exactly remember which magazine I was reading it in, either Motor or Wheels magazine, it had the current model GT and R8 on the cover (I was reading it at news agency, hey who doesn't), but my point is Ford has 10kw less than what they say the car has got. So the new GT has not got 290kw if you had to measure it the way Holden does, it would only have 280kw.

Just a little bit of information.

I'm a Chrysler man all the way, oh by the way when I see a nice muscle car drive past I notice no one does anything, but look at it. If you are in a Charger you always, and I mean ALWAYS, get the 2 finger (peace) salute.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2004

10th Sep 2004, 19:49

I have owned 2 chargers and 3 Valiants. My last one was a VH XL 265 auto. The motor was reconditioned, with extractors, electronic ignition, holley 4 barrel and alloy manifold. Yes they are Nostalgic, but they are what they are, old, heavy low tech fuel guzzlers. I lost count of the money I poured into my charger just top keep it on the road. Lets face it they are 30 year old cars and everything is worn out. Cars back then were only designed to last 10 years max. To tell you the truth the 265 didn't even really have much power for such a large 6. A commodore V6 would blow it away. I'm glad to see the last of my Chryslers.