WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA
This is a 1970 Dodge Challenger SE. Finished in Plum Crazy with the factory black stripe kit, it was optioned with R/T factory specs from new, with all the preferred choices of an enthusiast. Mechanically excellent and this car has some appropriate upgrades and is a great example of this model.
The paint is the factory Plum Crazy shade, with appropriate patina and no major damage. The black vinyl top is clean with no rips and some fade, and is a replacement for the original white vinyl top. The black stripes are original, and the proper R/T spec. On the chrome trim, the bumpers appear clean, straight and with no pitting, and minor flaking of some black trim accents on the grille. The wheels are Mother Mopar rallye wheels, with Firestone Firehawk raised white letter tires in good condition.
The interior is stock and factory correct, with the high back black bucket seats and matching rear bench, and shows mild wear with no tears. The dash is also the factory piece, in black, and has no warps or cracks. The headliner is black and in excellent shape, showing no issues with drooping or tears. The carpet is original, but does suffer from color fade, though it isn’t ripped or fraying. While mostly stock, this car does have both an aftermarket tachometer attached to the steering column, and a three-hole gauge pod mounted to the underside of the dash, with working gauges for water temperature, voltage, and oil pressure. The original factory 8-track radio is not only still present but also in working condition, while the only non-functional equipment are the windshield wipers.
The 383ci big block Magnum V8 was original equipment on this car, but instead of the OE automatic transmission, this car has been swapped to a period correct A833 four speed manual transmission. With a build date of 1971, it was intended for this engine and model, and is a clean installation. The Hurst shifter is a period-correct upgrade, and fits well in the OE floor console. The car is also equipped with the 8.25 Sure Grip limited slip differential, in a 3.55 ratio that is correct for the manual transmission. The chassis can be seen in the pictures, and shows that this is a clean car with no rust or corrosion issues, and all suspension components and suspension bushings in road ready condition.
With just over 32,1xx miles showing on the odometer, this is a low mileage car and it shows. The exterior paint is at that point where some careful buffing and polishing could bring back the shine, but there is some minor pitting. Given the excellent shape of this example, however, leaving the patina is definitely a strong option.
Overall, this is an interesting spec from new, because it was an SE equipped with all the trappings of the R/T performance version – it seems somebody was doing their best to avoid the insurance costs that would occur with the R/T. This car could be a candidate for a light refresh, with new paint, vinyl roof and some cleaning up of the factory trim, but could also be left as-is with some really good polishing work. Overall, a fundamentally very solid car that lets a new owner decide what’s best for it without needing any work at all to enjoy regularly.
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