MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for auction is this 1972 Dodge Challenger SE, finished in Orange over a White and black interior, powered by a numbers-matching 400 cubic-inch V8 running through a four-speed manual transmission, with 77,721 miles on the clock.
This Challenger is a very clean and example of the big early 70’s Mopar muscle car. The current owner purchased the Challenger in 2016, after it sat stored in a garage in New Jersey for 18 years. He then invested in both mechanical and cosmetic work to bring it up to show quality. The investment resulted in it being an award winning show car over 45 times, used only as a weekend pleasure car driving to classic car shows when not garaged at home. Recent mechanical service and upgrades with receipts totaling roughly $10,000 ensure this is a solid buy, in great condition for the next owner.
The exterior of this Charger is in excellent condition, with a recent refinish of the Blazing Orange original color. The finish is glossy and even with consistent tint color, though some mild orange peel is visible, and the panel gaps are all tight and consistent.
Up front, the one-piece bumper-grille surround has glossy chrome and is free from blemishes, dings or dents. The inset grill and electric headlight covers are in great cosmetic shape and properly aligned. Badging and the hood ornament are in their proper places, and all lighting is in proper working order.
Out back, the bumper is clean and shows correct mounting alignment, with the inset taillights in similarly excellent condition, with all badging properly placed and correct for the model. Along the sides, no dings or dents are visible on either side, with properly aligned doors and clean door handles being the only chrome.
Up top, the full black vinyl roof is in excellent condition, with no color fade, and no sags and taut application. Badging on the C-pillars are properly placed and in excellent condition.
The Charger is rolling on the proper 14-inch Mopar road wheels, shod with BF Goodrich raised white-letter tires, in good condition with full tread.
The white and black interior of this Charger is in very good condition. The white high-back bucket seats show some mild smudging, but are intact and free from wrinkles or seam separation. The driver door armrest also shows some discoloration from dirt, and some waviness in the surface, but are intact and free from rips or tears.
The instrument panel is clean with wood applique in good condition, and touch points like the steering wheel and the Hurst Pistol Grip shifter are clean and show mild evidence of wear or use. Instrumentation and controls are all original and functional except for the AM/FM radio with a black face plate.
Carpeting is original and the black color does have some mild fade of the color, but is intact, and the headliner is taut and clean with no issues. In the trunk, a clean floor mat and a matching Mopar road wheel and tire are installed, and all paint and interior paneling is clean and free from damage.
Under the hood, the numbers-matching 400 cubic-inch V8 presents very well, benefiting from a recent mechanical restoration. The engine bay is very clean and well detailed with fresh belts and hoses, with the motor itself recently refinished in the proper Hemi orange paint. Mopar Performance aluminum valve covers, and new ignition wires and a distributor are all recent additions, as is the Holley 770 Avenger four-barrel carburetor. Both the engine and the numbers matching A833 4-speed manual are in excellent mechanical condition, with no drivability issues reported.
Underneath, the floor pans show some mild surface corrosion but is structurally sound. All drivetrain and suspension components are in good condition, mechanically sound and cosmetically showing some patina, but no issues need to be addressed.
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