1969 Dodge Phoenix Pillarless – Today's Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Highly original Australian-assembled Phoenix, factory 383 big-block, 1 of 400

Back in the 60s, the big three US-owned manufacturers had to put a large aspirational American-designed car on the road as the flagship model of its range.

The original Dodge Phoenix we knew was actually a badge-engineered Plymouth Fury, assembled locally from imported CKD (complete knock-down) kits.

1967 saw the Phoenix redesigned and Chrysler Australia launch its first locally-assembled hardtop.

In 1969, the Phoenix was redesigned for the final time, gaining disc brakes and an overall lower and wider body, with horizontal headlamps recessed into a full-width grille.


1969 cars were dubbed the Dodge ‘Limited 400’, and were numbered on the dash. 400 Sedans and 400 hardtops were sold.

This 1969 pillar-less Phoenix is number 196 of the 400 of its kind. It presents in highly original condition with the big-block 383ci V8 matched to a rebuilt 727 Torqueflite auto.

The 51-year-old car is described to be in excellent condition and has always been looked after.


It’s said to be in good running condition, with overhauled brake calipers, new ball joints and engine mounts, an external transmission oil cooler, and its original two-barrel carburettor has been rebuilt.

The body is said to have no rust, and good paint with only a few blemishes. The vinyl roof has a couple of tiny tears, according to the listing, but the interior is described as good and original down to the carpets.

The ’69 Phoenix is being sold on behalf of its third owners and comes with original log books, standard wheels, hubcaps and tyres; and original plates.


The car has current registration and roadworthy certificate.

If anyone’s after a more unusual and often-forgotten piece of Australian manufacture history, this big-block Dodge might be worth a look.

The Phoenix is based in Queensland and is listed for $35,000.

Check out the full listing here!


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