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Thursday, June 3, 2010

1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE - Muscle Car For Sale


Survivor. It''s a word you hear a lot when dealing with collector cars these days. There''s been a resurgence in the appreciation for original un-restored cars ranging from that amazing 1911 Oldsmobile that was discovered still sitting on the tattered remains of its original tires and sold for $1.65 million to more realistic survivors like say this heavily-optioned 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE with 18788 original miles on it. Most enthusiasts will agree that a survivor carries its original power-train (it must be matching numbers) a good portion of its original paint and trim and most of its original interior. Clubs are starting to recognize this growing trend with preservation classes just for these cars (for example I think the Buick club insists that the paint be 85% original for a car to qualify for ''survivor'' status). This Plum Crazy Challenger is an ideal candidate for the guy who has already done the restoration thing and now wants to take his hobby to the next level. Yes a survivor is most certainly the next level in the collector car hobby. Anyone with a big enough checkbook can have a perfectly accurate restored car but the supply of authentic honest original un-restored vehicles is notably short I don''t care how much money you have. Investors are starting to recognize this fact and are attaching a great deal of value to it. That ancient Oldsmobile I mentioned probably won''t get restored despite its admittedly geriatric condition and its value will only go up from here. Somewhat less fragile and far better preserved and therefore much more fun is this 1970 Challenger RT/SE. Packing a 4-barrel 383 and a TorqueFlite automatic all of which are matching-numbers of course this is an excellent example of a true survivor no matter whose definition you use. Loaded with options like A/C and an overhead console and fully documented with a window sticker and Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet this would be an amazing car in any condition but with just 18788 actual miles and in 96% original condition it is flat-out astounding. Heck it still comes with its original tires! Options? Here''s the fender tag which is incredibly hard to read because it''s trapped under the original A/C lines (it''s just one option away from being a 2-tag car): E63383-4 BarrelD32H-D A-727 TorqueFlite TransmissionJS29J = Dodge ChallengerS = Special29 = 2 Door Sports Hardtop N0BN = 383 330HP 1-4BBL 8 CYL0 = 1970B = Dodge Main Hamtramck MI USA198708Sequence Number ''198708''FC7Paint Code: Plum Crazy Purple / In-Violet Irid H5X9Trim Grade/Style/ColorH = High5 = Cloth and Vinyl Bucket SeatsX9 = Black 000Upper Door Frame: Full Door PanelB19Date Built: 11 / 19 / 1969119263Order Number: 119263V1XRoof Type OR Color: Full Vinyl Top – BlackA01Light PackageA363.55:1 High Performance Axle PackageA62Rallye Instrument ClusterB51Power Assisted BrakesC15Special Sound Insulation Package 70s80C16Console w/ BucketsC26Over Head Roof ConsoletteC55Bucket SeatsG31Right Hand Outside Mirror - Manual / ChromeG33Left Hand Outside Mirror - Manual / ChromeH51Single Air /w HeaterM21Roof Drip Rail MoldingsM25Wide Sill MoldingM31Belt Molding 69-70N41Dual Exhaust w/o TipsN42Chrome Dual Exhaust TipsN85TachometerS83Rim Blow steering wheelV6WWhite Longitude Sports StripeY05Built to U.S. specifications2626 inch radiator So yes the paint is 40 years old. Concours it isn''t but for a preservation class it''s absolutely perfect. There are a few chips that have been touched up here and there and one golf ball-sized spot where there was a repair and a repaint but I''d say that more than 90% of the paint on this car is original. It has a shine that looks as good as possible thanks to the expert ministrations of our detail shop. This car has never been disassembled and all the panels are 100% factory steel as installed by the guys at Hamtramck on November 19 1969. The doors don''t sag the hood fits extremely well and the trunk opens and closes without effort. Those white R/T stripes on the flanks are original and in outstanding condition front to back with no fading checking or peeling. Someone took VERY good care of this car. Glass? Original. The windshield has some scratches and some signs that the wipers have been in use but there''s no damage. The lenses and badges are all original with no cracking or fading. All the stainless is original and largely ding-free. The front bumper is almost too nice but there''s no proof that it has ever been replaced. The rear bumper is definitely original as are the optional exhaust tips underneath it. The black vinyl top is astoundingly good for an original car especially one that has been in dry Oklahoma and sunny Tennessee since new. The engine is a completely unmolested 18788-mile original piece. The plugs are probably the originals as are the wires. The air filter has been replaced it has received regular oil changes of course but everything else is very likely original equipment. That''s original factory Hemi Orange paint on the block original black wrinkle finish paint on the air cleaner and original decals still clinging to their original surfaces. Note the original hose clamps on a majority of the hoses the original ground cable with orange overspray on it-heck even the heat riser tube is still intact. Are you seeing the picture here-I''m using the word original an awful lot aren''t I? We just installed a correct Mopar red cap battery and despite being a 100% authentic reproduction it just doesn''t quite fit does it? Give it time which is all the rest of this engine bay has had. How does it run? Very very well. With 18877 original miles it''s low mileage for sure but not ridiculously low like the 215-mile DeLorean we have sitting in the showroom. It has been properly exercised and maintained keeping seals and gaskets supple and parts in proper working condition. Yes the A/C is functional maybe even with the original charge of R12 in it I can''t say for certain. My point is this is a highly original low-mile car but it doesn''t have all the issues that near-0-mile cars that have lived their entire lives in storage have. It''s ready to drive not just be a static piece of historical documentation that requires a restoration just to get it back on the road. Underneath yes it''s dirty-they looked dirty three weeks after they came off of the assembly line. Spend some time out on the road and see how you look after 40 years. But I''m going to start throwing around that word again: original. Original shocks? Yep. Original mufflers? Quite likely. Original brakes? I''m pretty sure they are. These cars were not finished as pristinely as a restored piece would have you believe and this car is evidence of the factory''s processes not a restorer''s skill. The floors are solid with no signs of perforation or damage the sub-frames well-protected with ancient undercoating and the mechanical bits are all present and accounted for. This car has optional B51 front disc brakes and they are in working condition and out back is the tried-and-true Chrysler 8.75-inch rear packing 3.54 gears. Of particular note is the paint job on the engine oil pan-notice the runs. The guy on the assembly line painting engines that day didn''t much feel like bending over to hit the bottom of the pan and figured nobody would notice. Maybe nobody did and that''s why cars like this are so incredibly special. They''re living proof of how these cars were built and should serve as a strong guideline for restorers. Better than new isn''t correct. The tires are recent F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas GT replicas on the original 14-inch steel wheels with the W15 wire wheel covers which are original and listed on the window sticker as a $64.10 option. We also have the original Goodyear Polyglas GTs that came on this car and they are included with the sale! The interior will blow you away. First this is an RT/SE model with the upscale interior featuring the H5X9 cloth and vinyl bucket seats. It also includes a bunch of other goodies such as the A01 light group C15 seat belt group C16 console J41 pedal dress-up S82 rim-blow steering wheel and the cool overhead consolette. Condition-wise it is like new with almost no wear visible on the seats and carpets. The wood-grain on the console is excellent and bright and there''s no cracking or fading of any of the interior pieces like the dash and door panels. Note that the R35 AM/FM stereo radio is still in place and still drives the R31 rear-mounted speakers. Look at the pictures again-the carpets are excellent and the weather-stripping is still supple and has plenty of life left in it. Out back the original trunk mat is still in place along with the original jack and handle and a collapsible spare that has never seen the pavement. We have some documentation on this car and it''s the important stuff. First is the original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet probably the one from behind the seat judging by the markings on it. We also have the original window sticker which is TWO PAGES LONG thanks to $1400 worth of options on this car. If you''re the kind of enthusiast who prizes originality above all else the kind of person who would enjoy having a car that can be used as a benchmark for other restorers or just someone who appreciates a once-in-a-lifetime find give this Challenger a good long look. This is a car that will blow people away at a show much more so than if it was restored. Watch people crowd around it to check the authentic details and as a bonus you don''t have to worry about your fresh $15000 paint job. Drive it enjoy it show it this car is truly the best of all worlds. Keep the mileage low and it will remain a valuable commodity for future investors and a priceless resource for other enthusiasts. Plus it''s a pretty cool car in its own right. When you''re ready to take your collection to the next level give us a call on this incredible survivor.


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