Whoever says you can''t own a nice six-figure Mopar without a framed broadcast sheet and a call to Galen Govier obviously hasn’t been to our 78,000 square foot showroom. That’s because, as dedicated gearheads who sweat 30 weight motor oil, we strive to deliver the world’s finest investment grade metal AND first class muscle cars that literally define the term “pro-tourer”. Take, for example, this wicked 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. As the beneficiary of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration that included a modern 6.1 liter Hemi, a complete XV suspension and a modified leather interior, it’s an exceptionally well done piece that’ll more than hold its own against any pampered show queen. And, although it doesn’t have coveted documentation or a stack of plastic trophies, it does have a cover feature and an accompanying 6-page spread in Mopar Action magazine. If you’re looking for some old school Detroit metal that wraps some of the nastiest muscle your money can buy in one of the best looking packages to ever prowl American streets, this awesome Challenger is just your style!
This cool E-Body’s complete rotisserie restoration began when its solid convertible body was meticulously stripped, carefully massaged and thoroughly sanded into a smooth, consistent canvas. Once that canvas was prepped, a bright coat of Viper Red urethane was expertly sealed in a thick clearcoat shell. And when that clearcoat cured, it was decked in black war paint and buffed to a thoroughly substantial presence. Take one look down the body of this old-school Dodge and you’ll see tough, slab-sided panels that have been straightened and finessed far past anything that rolled out of the factory. Pull the car into the sunlight and its glossy glow accurately reproduces Chrysler’s planar, straight lines all the while offering a level of protection that can only be achieved with today’s advanced paint technology. Get up close and personal with its finish and all that staring and comparing adds up to one super slick, all-American muscle car which wraps brutal performance in killer good looks!
Wearing lines that originated on Chrysler designer Carl Cameron’s famous Charger turbine concept, this classic Challenger makes a bold and distinctly Mopar styling statement from virtually every angle. At the front of the car, a tough looking body-width grille hangs a red “R/T” emblem between four pristine headlights, fade-free parking lamps and a mirror-like bumper. At the top of the car, an R/T-specific hood props two small scoops, two pristine “6.1 HEMI” emblems and two trick tie downs in front of like-new glass that’s framed by straight stainless trim and a black vinyl top. At the sides of the car, prominent fender lines are complemented by flush-fitting door handles, body-matched sport mirrors, chrome-trimmed marker lights and a quick-fill fuel cap. And at the back of the car, a body-matched valence hangs wide “DODGE” branded tail lights above a second pristine bumper and correct quad exhaust tips.
Raise the wide red hood and you’ll find a killer 6.1 liter Mopar crate engine that takes this Dodge from ‘very appealing’ to ‘MUST HAVE’ almost as fast as it takes its driver from ‘confident’ to ‘scared stiff’. Measuring in at roughly 370 cubic inches, Chrysler’s resurrected Hemi uses a revised block, a forged crank, lighter pistons, strengthened connecting rods, new oil jets, variable cam timing and increased flow heads to turn impressive 10.3 to 1 compression into 425 horsepower! At the top of that stout block, a decaled Spectre air cleaner captures wind using two gorgeous tubes that took 50 hours of modification by the pros at JJV Customs in Wilmington, Delaware. That air flows through an XV intake and mixes with fossils supplied by high performance AEM fuel management. That air/fuel mixture explodes in a super clean block that’s adorned with traditional “6.1 HEMI” branded rail covers. Remnants of that explosion are forced into XV-supplied long-tube headers that are bolted to a three inch stainless exhaust system. And cooling for that cycle is provided by a positively giant aluminum radiator that’s equipped with two electric puller fans and a bright “Challenger R/T” script. Visually, the body-matched bay comes together every bit as well as the outside of the car, with its smoothed firewall and bright red fenders providing a perfect frame for the modern Chrysler V8. Speaking of that V8, its installation is exceptionally well done and certainly looks tidy enough to pass as an OEM package. And, in addition to roughly 475 horsepower, the big mill features a host of first class ancillary components including black cross bracing, braided hoses and a small JJV Customs badge.
Take one look under this beefed up E-Body and you’ll see that it definitely has the chops to back up its sinister good looks. The smooth-revving engine is hooked to a slick-shifting Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, a custom driveshaft and a familiar Sure Grip rear end that’s equipped with 3.55 gears and stout Yukon axles. Not surprisingly, the car’s old-school front torsion bar and rear leaf spring suspension has been completely replaced by a beefy XV Level II set up. Naturally, that pavement-ripping suspension is augmented by power rack and pinion steering and a first class XV power brake system that pinches 14 inch slotted rotors via 6-piston calipers and 13 inch slotted rotors via 4-piston calipers. An intimidating engine note comes courtesy of a three inch stainless exhaust system that sends spent gases through an H-pipe crossover to wicked Magnaflow mufflers and pristine stainless tips. And power flows to the ground through a sweet set of custom Budnik wheels which spin 275/35ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force T/As in front of 295/35ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force T/As. The car’s fully restored floors, which have been thoroughly undercoated, are sprayed in the same Viper Red urethane as its glossy exterior panels and clean inner fenders. And everything from this Challenger’s fresh stainless fuel tank to its heavy duty oil pan is fully sorted and ready to hit the curves.
Open this Dodge’s super straight doors and sit down inside a cockpit where the timeless good looks of American muscle meld seamlessly with tasteful upgrades and modern conveniences. The XV-supplied seats, which were bolted in by Newcastle Auto Upholstery of Newport, Delaware, are firm and feel much more upscale than traditional Mopar hardware. At the bottom of those seats, fresh black carpet anchors a tilt-screen JVC stereo and a TKO pistol grip shifter inside a custom console and color-keyed Challenger floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, leather-wrapped door panels hang familiar silver trim, traditional chrome hardware and great sounding Kenwood speakers in front of modern power windows. At the edges of those panels, a modified dash hangs a full assortment of XV gauges above controls for a Vintage Air climate system and small billet accessory knobs. In front of the driver, an old school Tuff Wheel spins around a modern tilt steering column. And behind the cockpit, a black convertible cowl snaps tight over a custom upholstered trunk.
The sale of this super cool drop-top includes three CDs of build photos and a copy of the car’s 6-page spread in the August, 2012 edition of Mopar Action.
With a tenacious V8, a modern 5-speed transmission and a slick red on black color combination, this super cool Mopar pro-tourer combines explosive horsepower with modern driving characteristics and classic appeal. It’s fast. It’s tons of fun. And best of all, you’re hard-earned money is buying a car that can actually do more than sit in a field and attract presumptuous experts. If you’re in the market for some stunning Detroit metal that has the bare-knuckle muscle to back up its killer good looks, this Challenger is your next car!