Trans Am cars are always an easy sell. And that goes double for a super rare Mopar like this striking Top Banana Challenger. Two of our last Chrysler curve carvers, this rare "Sassy Grass ‘Cuda":http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/sold#!/1970-Plymouth-AAR-Cuda/134254 and this cool "Burnt Orange ‘Cuda":http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/sold#!/1970-Plymouth-AAR-Cuda/134323 , sold in under a month. But that’s not surprising because, as fans of vintage SCCA racers know, these are some of the best driving classics on the planet. Graced with lighter motors, better brakes and suspensions bred for competition, they''re certainly not your typical, big block slogs. And in today’s solid collector market, they’re generally a more exclusive and equally valuable investment. One of only 2,399 Challenger T/As produced for the 1970 model year, this numbers-matching pony car is the kind of professionally restored coupe that wins fans and trophies alike. If you’re looking for some crisp, investment grade muscle that’s fun in either the straightaway or the switchback, you’ve found your next joyride!
Before we begin this Dodge’s detailed description, here’s a look at the information displayed on its factory fender tags:
* E55: 340 cubic inch V8 that’s fitted with 6-Barrel carburetion
* D21: Heavy duty 4-speed manual transmission
* J: Dodge Challenger
* H: High
* 23: 2-door hardtop
* J: 340 cubic inch V8 that utilizes 6-Barrel carburetion to achieve 290 horsepower
* 0: 1970 model year
* B: Assembled at Chrysler’s Dodge Main manufacturing facility in Hamtramck, Michigan
* 311315: Sequence number
* FY1: Top Banana paint
* H: High grade trim
* 6: Vinyl bucket seats
* X9: Black interior
* 000: Full door panels
* 417: Assembled on April 17th, 1970
* 196308: Order number
* FY1: Top Banana roof
* A53: Trans Am Package
* A62: Rallye instrument cluster
* B51: Power-assisted brakes
* C16: Console
* C55: Bucket seats
* G34: Manual, left-hand racing mirror
* J45: Hood pins
* J54: Sport hood
* J82: Duck tail spoiler
* M21: Roof drip rail moldings
* N44: AAR Trans Am exhaust
* N85: Tachometer
* N94: Fiberglass, fresh air hood
* R11: Music Master AM radio
* V6H: Black, longitudinal Trans Am stripes
* Y05: Built to U.S. specifications
* 26: 26-inch radiator
* EN: End of codes
* 1: Assembly line 1
* TRANS AM
The beneficiary of a professional, frame-off restoration, this slick Chrysler coupe features a seamless factory appearance that’s highlighted by fierce Trans Am war paint. Take one look down the sides of the car’s rock-solid body and it becomes obvious that great care was taken to ensure every panel is aligned to better-than-factory fit. Step closer to that body’s glossy, two-stage paint and check out straight and ripple-free surfaces that are a product of both rust-free, original sheetmetal and high quality replacement panels. Grab that sheetmetal’s well-adjusted hood and feel how smoothly it closes to provide excellent fit, which is set off by precise gaps and a clean clearcoat shell. It all adds up to one high energy symphony of Mopar attitude that bleeds bare-knuckle confidence and oozes old school appeal!
Wearing lines that originated on Chrysler designer Carl Cameron’s famous Charger Turbine Concept, this vivid classic makes a bold and distinct styling statement from virtually every angle. At the front of the car, a 70-exclusive grille hangs a bold “Challenger” script and four pristine headlights above clear parking lamps, a bright chrome bumper and a subtle chin spoiler. At the top of the car, a bold ‘sport hood’ props two stainless lanyards in front of like-new glass that’s framed in fresh stainless trim. At the sides of the car, prominent fender lines, which are complemented by a subtle pentastar emblem and correct racing mirror, ride behind chrome-trimmed marker lamps, flush-fit door handles and an attractive ‘pit stop’ fuel filler. And at the back of the car, a stainless-trimmed valence centers pristine “DODGE” lettering between clear tail lights, a second chrome bumper and a black, “Challenger T/A” branded duck tail.
Pull the pins on this Challenger’s lightweight hood and you’ll find an original, 340 cubic inch LA V8 that’s authenticated by a 3577130TA casting number, a November (11) 25th (25) of 1969 (9) casting date and a matching partial VIN. Although SCCA Trans Am race cars were limited to 302 cubic inches, Dodge stuck to the tried and true “no replacement for displacement” rule for street applications. That means this car received a powerplant that was specifically designed for high performance turnpike warriors. And, thanks to its 2-barrel Holley carburetors, correct Edelbrock intake, high performance points distributor, high-flow cylinder heads and unique internals, it turns hefty 10.5 to 1 compression into 315 fire-breathing horses. That said; SCCA regulations and increasing insurance costs forced Chrysler to actually underrate the mill’s output to just 290 horses. But, in reality, the car easily disposes of most ‘equally powered’ stoplight challengers. Whatever the number, this engine’s spotless bay is in brilliant, show-ready condition, with immaculate detailing and exact finishes throughout. Awesome Top Banana fenders provide a pleasant contrast to its glossy layer of Hemi Orange skin. A bright air cleaner looks great peeking through the aforementioned hood. And, as with most of today’s best restored Mopars, every detail has been correctly duplicated and returned to a convincing level of authenticity.
Put this curve-carving pony in the air and you’ll find exceptionally clean floors that have been over-restored to match its bright exterior panels. The high-winding small block churns an original A833 4-speed that’s validated by a matching 311315 partial VIN. That transmission twists torque to a tagged, 8.75-inch rear end that spins a Sure Grip differential around athletic 3.55 gears. The car’s application-specific suspension has been fully rebuilt to include beefy sway bars, correct manual steering and heavy duty power front disc and rear drum brakes. As expected, those 11-inch, AAR-exclusive drums are accompanied by specially tuned shocks and re-cambered springs that tilt the chassis just enough to accommodate a unique exhaust system. Speaking of that exhaust system, fresh, aluminized pipes flow to correct, factory replacement mufflers, which roar through stainless ‘megaphone’ tips. Hooking all that mechanical prowess to the pavement is a set of meticulously restored Rallye wheels which spin E60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs in front of G60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs to employ one of the first applications of staggered tire sizing. And fresh bushings, leak-free fluid lines and a clean gas tank ensure this Dodge has the reliability to match its warm appeal.
Swivel this Dodge’s solid-closing doors and you’ll find a correct black interior that’s functional, straightforward and very livable. The front bucket and rear bench seats are covered in crack-free vinyl that displays hardly any signs of wear. Below those seats, stain-free carpet anchors color-keyed and “T/A” branded floor mats next to a correct console and familiar Hurst shifter. At the sides of that carpet, simple door panels proudly hang wood-trimmed fratzogs above traditional cranks, integrated handles and cool chrome locks. In front of those panels, a clean dash props new Rallye gauges above a correct Chrysler Solid State radio. Above that dash, a fresh headliner frames a fully functional courtesy lamp. In front of the driver, an attractive Rim Blow steering wheel mixes subtle form with major function. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk props a correct decklid decal above a new mat, an old school jack and a fresh Space-Saver spare.
The sale of this legendary Mopar includes an original broadcast sheet, paperwork for the Challenger T/A registry, a fender tag breakdown and a few restoration photos.
Authentic, documented and professionally restored, this bright yellow T/A is the perfect car for any Chrysler fan who wants a rare classic to collect and show. With brutal power, handsome looks and an excellent driving experience, it’s the kind of car that’ll make you thank yourself every time you open the garage. Ready to experience one of the hottest creations of the muscle car era? Your Challenger is waiting!