- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2003

During the summer of 2001 Mike Cumberland answered an ad offering to sell a 1967 Dodge Charger.
He drove to Maryland in order to inspect the sleek fastback coupe and discovered that it needed brake work as well as an exhaust system. However, more importantly, the car was free of rust.
He purchased the red Charger, one of 15,788 manufactured that year, and the owner delivered it to his Virginia home the next week. The following day Mr. Cumberland started to work on his new acquisition.
He determined that the four-passenger car needed a new interior. The four white bucket seats were re-covered and a new black carpet was installed. Between the rear seats is the obligatory for that era cigarette lighter and ashtray.
The stainless-steel window sills were polished to regain their sparkle and a 360-degree, chrome-plated horn ring adds some glitter to the three-spoke black steering wheel.
Mr. Cumberland is particularly pleased with the Electro-Luminous instrumentation.
The four-gauge cluster is illuminated with a most attractive glow at night.
The tachometer has no red line and the speedometer ends at 150 mph.
"The dash is really pretty at night," Mr. Cumberland said. "It has a greenish glow."
Upon checking the 325-horsepower, 383-cubic-inch, high-performance V-8 engine he reports, "It held real good oil pressure."
He did have the automatic transmission serviced as a precautionary measure of maintenance.
Mr. Cumberland learned that his 3,480-pound Charger had a base price of $3,128 new.
He says his car is equipped with air conditioning and power steering, but, surprisingly, does not have power brakes.
He has plans to install what was a factory option in 1967 power front disc brakes.
"I thought it needed to be repainted," he comments, "but it buffed out nicely."
The heater core, which was found to be leaking, had to be replaced, which turned out to be quite a chore because it is not a common size. Amazingly, the air conditioner still functions.
When new, the car was equipped with 14-inch bias ply tires but now the 117-inch wheelbase is supported by 14-inch radial tires.
The Charger is the same as the Coronet from the stainless-steel belt line on down.
It's the radical hardtop fastback styling that makes the Charger so appealing.
From the wall-to-wall taillights that stretch across the rear of the car at the base of the sloping roof line to the hidden headlights at the other end of the car, the total package exudes the image of speed and power.
Mr. Cumberland had to replace both motors that operate the headlight buckets.
The entire headlight bucket rotates instead of merely having doors to hide the lights.
A pair of courtesy lights, one at the rear of each side window, illuminate the interior.
He found it necessary to have the big rear window tinted in order to prevent sunlight from fading the black carpeting.
The left and right ends of that huge rear window curve upward to mimic the sculpted surrounding metal.
"I'm really happy with it," Mr. Cumberland remarks.


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