Want some incredible Mopar muscle? Want it at a price that doesn’t require choosing between wheels and a home? Well, as the old saying goes “Car culture starts where the assembly line stops”. And when authentic, numbers-matching Hemis start to price themselves into museums, enthusiasts fill the void with classics like this killer Dodge Challenger. The beneficiary of a detailed restoration, this coupe wraps a correct 340/4-speed drivetrain in correct looks that’ll turn heads and earn respect wherever they go. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a storied muscle car, but don’t want to mortgage the house to get it, here’s the perfect solution!
Since our sale includes an original broadcast sheet, there’s little doubt about the authenticity of this Challenger’s present appearance. Here’s a detailed look at how the car rolled down Dodge Main’s assembly line:
* J: Dodge Challenger
* H: High
* 23: 2-door hardtop
* H: 340 cubic inch V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to create 275 horsepower
* 0: 1970 model year
* B: Assembled at Chrysler’s Hamtramck facility
* E55: 340 cubic inch V8 that’s equipped with one 4-barrel carburetor
* D21: Heavy duty A833 4-speed manual transmission
* D53: 3.23 gears
* T87: F70-14 raised white letter tires
* H: High trim grade
* 6: Vinyl bucket seats
* X9: Black interior
* 000: Full door panels
* V01: Monotone exterior paint
* FE5: Rallye Red paint
* V1X: Black vinyl top
* V9X: Black transverse paint sport stripe
* A36: High Performance Axle Package that features 3.55 gears
* A66: Challenger 340 Performance Package
* B11: Heavy duty, 11-inch drum brakes
* C16: Center console
* C55: Bucket seats
* C93: Carpet
* F23: 59-amp battery
* G34: Driver’s side remote racing mirror
* H11: Heater that’s complete with a defroster
* J11: Glove box lock
* J15: Cigar lighter
* J25: 3-speed variable wipers
* J31: Dual horns
* J45: Hood pins that are affixed with lanyards
* L76: Heater controls lamp
* M21: Drip rail moldings
* M83: Rear bumper guards
* N41: Dual exhaust
* N42: Chrome exhaust tips
* N51: Max engine cooling
* N65: 7-blade fan
* R22: AM radio that’s complete with an 8-track player.
* R31: Rear speaker
* S15: Heavy duty Hemi Suspension
* S25: Heavy duty firm ride shocks
* S31: Front sway bar
* S81: Simulated wood steering wheel
* W23: Class 2 road wheels
Spending its entire life as a solid road warrior, this vivid Dodge is the beneficiary of a high quality, ground-up restoration that began with a super clean body. That said, this isn’t 1970 anymore and this Challenger is no longer a run-of-the-mill assembly line creation. So that solid fuselage was thoroughly stripped, lovingly sanded and massaged to a level that’s much nicer than showroom condition. With the car’s panels correctly aligned, and its intimidating, slab-sided ambiance fully reconstructed, correct Chrysler code FE5 Rallye Red was expertly applied under correct black trimmings. And today, this razor-sharp E-Body sits as an ultra-straight, fully detailed reminder of just how great Detroit truly is!
Wearing lines that originated on Chrysler designer Carl Cameron’s famous Charger Turbine Concept, this classic cruiser makes a distinctly Mopar styling statement from virtually every angle. At the front of the car, a 1970-exclusive grille hangs a cursive “Challenger” script between pristine headlights, amber parking lamps and a straight chrome bumper. Behind that grille, a familiar ‘sport’ hood, complete with small scoops, “340 FOUR BARREL” emblems and a bold “DODGE” badge, hangs correct lanyards opposite clean glass. At the sides of that hood, prominent fenders hang flush door handles and two more “Challenger” scripts between chrome mirrors, fresh marker lamps and a stylish ‘pit stop’ fuel filler. And at the back of those fenders, a stainless-trimmed valence hangs a second “DODGE” badge and body-width tail lights above a second straight bumper and correct, quad-outlet exhaust tips.
While you could option Chrysler pony cars all the way up to 440 cubic inches, many enthusiasts believed, and still believe, the best E-Bodies are small block E-Bodies. And, as if it to channel the AAR spirit that pioneered Chrysler’s small block mindset, this Challenger currently sports a 340 cubic inch, date-correct V8 that hangs a 2780930 casting number over a January (1) 8th (8) of 1970 (70) casting date. At the top of the Hemi Orange block, a correctly dressed air cleaner funnels wind through a large 4-barrel to a proven factory intake. At the sides of that intake, familiar Chrysler heads hang stamped steel valve covers over correct, cast iron exhaust manifolds. Behind those manifolds, a traditional points distributor sequences fire through Chrysler Electronic Suppression cables. And in front of those cables, a heavy duty radiator makes good use of correct squeeze clamps and pliable Mopar hoses. Aesthetically, the bright LA provides an excellent complement to the car’s clean, Rallye Red fenders. And details like fresh decals, Mopar fuel components and a reproduction red cap battery help create a reliable, show worthy engine bay.
In 1970, if you were a true car guy, the only transmission you wanted in your Challenger was a factory-issued 4-speed. And the tough A833 in this cool coupe can turn even the most mundane errands into a clutch slammin’, gear grindin’ good time! Naturally, that high performance drivetrain feeds a proven 8.75-inch rear end, which is shackled to a rebuilt Hemi Suspension. As with the body of the car, ‘clean’ is the name of the game where solid floors are nice enough to provide years of carefree driving; but not so nice as to be a point of stress if Mother Nature decides to rain on your 1-car parade. At the center of those floors, a 2.5-inch, true-dual exhaust system swirls spent gases into factory replacement mufflers and rear-mounted resonators. And at the corners of those floors, rebuilt drum brakes provide the kind of quick and reliable stops that perfectly counter 15-inch Rallye wheels and fresh BF Goodrich Radial T/As.
Grab a seat in this great looking Challenger and you’ll find a correct Black interior that’s detailed with tasteful wood accents and bright stainless trim. The first thing you’ll notice is the car’s high quality bucket seats, which feature comfortable pleats on top of straight frames and what feels like new foam. The second thing you’ll notice is fade-free carpet, which is protected by cool “Dodge” branded floor mats. And the third thing you’ll notice is a correct console, which wraps a Hurst Pistol Grip shifter in what seems like a mile of wood surfacing. At the sides of the car, full door panels hang chrome handles and cool lock tabs between four window cranks. At the front of the car, more fade-free wood frames restored instrumentation and a correct Chrysler Solid State. At the back of the car, a fully restored trunk sandwiches a space saver spare tire between a fade-free decal and correct mat. And in front of the driver, a correct, wood-rimmed steering wheel mixes a whole lot of form with a whole lot of function.
As a nod to all of our friends who are staunch authenticity buffs, the sale of this clean Chrysler cruiser includes:
* The aforementioned broadcast sheet
* An owner’s manual
* A fender tag decode
* Restoration photos
* Restoration receipts
* Detailed restoration notes
* A price breakdown of the restoration
* Post-restoration service and usage records
Take a good, long look at the body, drivetrain and interior on this awesome Challenger. There’s just no way you could build something like this and not significantly overshoot our $40K asking price. Don’t be that guy who calls late and asks: “Is it really sold?” Pick up the phone and call now!