Hundreds of Mopars in This Minnesota Boneyard


[Editor’s note – there’s been some major revelations pertaining to this story since being first published on April 3rd and has been changed for factual corrections. – KS]

Where do Chargers, Satellites, Road Runners et al go to die? Why Minnesota, of course. In the junkyard you see here, as shared by Joe Marano, of Ham Lake, Minnesota, with JunkYardLife back in February of 2012, there are hundreds of carcasses of the aforementioned models, each waiting to give up that one part you’ve been trying to find on eBay for months. Yes, you’ll find a few Challengers and a scattered A-body, and more than a few Chargers.

“I dug through the Mopar and a few GM’s that had trickled into the Mopar pile for 5 hours until they closed. I think I only got through 75% of them,” said Marano. “I ran out of daylight!”

Maybe someone thought them Duke boys were going to need an endless supply of Dodge’s finest B-body. Maybe someone has a seriously debilitating Charger fetish. Maybe someone wanted to see how many Chargers it took to actually see Chargers from space. “If you count closely there are nine 1968-70 Dodge Chargers and those are only the ones I found,” said Marano. “It broke my heart to see the ’68-’69 Chargers, almost every one of these are still build-worthy. The saddest one was the ’68 R/T with the quarter panel stripe.”

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It could be an ode to Charger movies – of which there seem to be so many. The coke bottle shape of the 1968-1970 Dodge Charger is a favorite in Hollywood. Bullitt, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, Cannonball, The Dukes of Hazzard, Fast & The Furious, and more, all used the big Dodge in iconic roles. And they were usually catching air at regular intervals, which makes this junkyard all the more sobering. Most examples here have no wheels, are stacked atop one another like cordwood and have no hope in hell of jumping a creek anytime soon.

But what is here is potential. There’s a project car here and there that could be brought back from the dead. Or chunks of sheetmetal that could repair your rusty or wrecked project. Or untouched tail-lights to replace your cracked and faded originals. It’s a feast for hungry Mopar hunters is what it is.

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Des Ryan

Des Ryan has been involved in all levels of Mopar musclecar ownership, from barn finds to drivers to a high-level restored Hemicar. He's also spent over 20 years in the advertising industry as a copywriter and creative director. With pen in one hand and pistol-grip shifter in the other, Des is bringing his two passions together to keep you Direct-Connected.

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