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The 1970 Dodge Challenger was designed to compete against Detroit’s big three pony cars the Camaro, Mustang, and Firebird. It arrived with something its competitors didn’t have: the greatest range of powertrain choices in the industry, from the small but durable 225-cubic-inch “Slant Six” to the fearsome “Elephant Motor” — the 426 HEMI® and was available in six styles, all two-door — the base hardtop, R/T hardtop, SE hardtop, convertible, R/T SE hardtop, and R/T convertible.

Driveline choices for various engines included Chrysler’s TorqueFlite automatic transmission and a three- or four-speed manual which could be equipped with a Hurst “pistol-grip” shifter. Big-block Challengers could be ordered with a heavy-duty Dana 60 differential equipped with limited-slip differential.

Challengers were painted with acrylic enamel. There was a huge range of colors available to Dodge so there may be the odd car finished in a different color and some even had ‘special order’ colors. The paint schemes said “performance,” with colors including Plum Crazy and HEMI Orange, accented with “bumblebee” stripes. Customers could further customize their cars with twin-scooped hoods, “shaker” hoods, and rear deck wings.


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There were several vinyl stripes available on the Challenger. The “Power Bulge” hood could have a matt black treatment that covered the raised portion between the air scoops. The T/A had a very large black stripe running above the body line from the front edge of the fender back as far as the end of the glass area. All Challengers could have a stripe that ran the full length of the car under the body line offered at first in black, white and red. Then later in green and blue. After March 11th 1970 it could also be had in chartreuse or magenta.

The Challenger lasted only five model years and became one of the most storied muscle car nameplates in automotive history, with meticulously restored and rare examples today selling for six-figure prices. Via: www.media.chrysler.com ; and www.challengerspecs.com.

1. 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

This top Banana with black interior is for sale and has a 340 6 pack engine. Factory four speed transmission; 8.75 sure-grip rear end with 3.23 gears; 15 inch rally; real TA. List price is $63,00o. For sale at MPR Motors in Canada.

This numbers matching T/A went through a complete rotisserie restoration about 10 years ago. At the time it was painted Top Banana. It is originally a burnt orange car and is in excellent condition. Only 2,399 of these limited production Challengers were originally manufactured, and this is one of 989 with the 4 speed transmission. The 340ci 290hp 3-2BBL ‘Six Pack’ V8 is supported by a heavy duty 8.75? sure-grip rear end. Features of the A53 trans-am package include: front power disc brakes, special 11? HD rear brakes, heavy duty cooling system, rallye suspension, front/rear sway bars, carburetor fresh air package with fiberglass hood & hood tie down pins, side exhaust, duck tail rear spoiler, special racing mirrors with sport stripes, and 15×7 rallye wheels. Via: www.mprmotors.com.

2. Dodge Challenger R/T SE 383CI Automatic

This 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE 383CI automatic finished in ivy green metallic and white final top. Fresh frame on restoration. List price is $56,950. For sale at Duffy’s Collectible Cars in Center Point, IA.

Powered by its numbers matching 383 CI V-8 engine. This engine breaths in through a four barrel carburetor and out through chrome tipped dual exhaust. The power is put to the ground smoothly through an easy shifting automatic and stopped by power brakes. This cars power steering makes it easy to turn its rally wheels with radials tires. This highly optioned vehicle features AM/FM radio, cruise control , tinted glass, bucket seats with center console, overhead console. Via: www.duffys.com.

3. 1970 Dodge Challenger

This 1970 Dodge Challenger coupe in Go Mango Orange and black interior. Engine 383 Bored & Stroked to a 489 and TKO 5 speed transmission. List price is $140,000. For sale at Gateway Classic Cars in Louisville, KY.

This complete nut & bolt restoration took nearly 3 years and over 3000 man hours to complete and it shows. The build started with a running & driving car that from the outside appeared to be in pretty good condition. Once the car went through media blasting a different story was told. The body had some issues that were professionally repaired by cutting out the rusted areas and replacing them with welded in patch panels and it is evident that no corners were going to be cut on this restoration project. Wanting to stay with a rather original looking Challenger the body mods would consist of very subtle changes including the bumpers being modified to enhance their fit to the body, welding the bumper bolts on the back side of the painted bumpers and removing the stock vertical “nerf bars” that would be found on a stock Challenger.

Options on this multiple show winning 1970 Dodge Challenger include; AC, AM/FM/CD, power steering, power locks, power windows, keyless entry, seat belts, anti theft systems, leather and suede interiors, radial tires, and aluminum wheels wrapped in radial tires. Via:www.gatewayclassiccars.com.

4. 1970 Dodge Challenger RT

This 1970 Dodge Challenger RT coupe in Plum Crazy Purple and black interior. The engine is a 440 6 pack 4 speed manual transmission. List price is $110,000. For sale at American Muscle Cars in Crystal Lake, IL.

This vehicle is all original and only 500 miles since full rotisserie restoration. Has the original build sheet and receipts from services. Via: www.justamericanmusclecars.com.

 5. 1970 Dodge Challenger RT Hemi

This 1970 Dodge RT Challenger 426 Hemi in sublime green with black interior bucket seats and console. 2-4BBL carburetors pistol grip 4 speed transmission. List price is $274,900. For sale at Ray Skillman Classic Cars in Greenwood, IN.

Underwent a total off frame restoration. Mileage is 37,251. Includes power steering, electric wipers, am radio with rear speakers, tach electric clock and factory wheels. AACA badge and full documentation. This great classic car is one of a kind. It was personally signed by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits in 1995 and is in mint condition. Via: www.rayskillmanclassiccars.com.


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