"At RK Motors Charlotte, we sell a lot of investment grade metal. But, even at the top end of the market, there are certain variations of greatness. In short, it's exceptionally difficult to find what some might consider a 'perfect' collector car. However, with that in mind, this fully documented Challenger is so close it's almost scary. According to MoPar expert Dave Wise of MMC Detroit, this drop-top ""is an exceptional example of an ultra-rare, highly documented semi-survivor 1970 Challenger R/T convertible"".
Those are strong words coming from someone who's made a career of studying a lot of excellent MoPars. But, when you consider the car's virtues, it's warranted praise. Let's begin with the obvious: how many 1970 Challenger R/T 440/4-speed convertibles were produced? The answer is this car and only 33 others. Speaking of 440s and 4-speeds, this Challenger is still equipped with its original drivetrain; a drivetrain that's documented to have driven only 39,399 miles. And, expanding on originality and low mileage, the car spent the first 40 years of its life in sunny Colorado, meaning the minor restoration you see in our pictures is the only work its largely original components have ever endured.
In addition to providing many pre-restoration photos, this Dodge's Wise Report makes many references to its originality. Perhaps one of the most predictable talking points is the car's mostly-original sheetmetal. Every panel on this Challenger is an original piece, with only the driver's quarter showing any signs of work at all. Naturally, that means the restoration-fresh Go Mango paint you see is the only re-spray the car has ever received. According to Dave Wise, this Challenger features all the right details, including original glass and OEM trim. The car's power-operated top was replaced, as were its correct Performance Hood Treatment and correct Black longitudinal stripes. And today, this clean Dodge rolls as one super slick brute that mixes reference grade authenticity with trophy-winning prowess!
Toss the hood and you'll find an original, 440 cubic inch RB V8 that follows a correct 2536430 casting number and October 31st, 1969 casting date with a matching partial VIN. More popular than Chrysler's famed Hemi, Dodge's stalwart 440 Magnum was designed to be the industry's best combination of comfort, streetability and big block performance. While this Challenger's sale includes its original carburetor, air cleaner and intake, induction is currently handled by a highly desirable SIX PACK set-up. In keeping with authenticity, that SIX PACK intake is a date-correct piece, and those 2-barrel Holleys are dated to the '70s. At the sides of those carbs, original, Hemi Orange valve covers perfectly contrast original, cast iron exhaust manifolds. Cooling comes courtesy of an original Chrysler radiator, which rides in front of an original alternator and an original water pump. And, aesthetically, the bright engine bay presents as expected, from its correct decals and original oil pan all the way to its factory grease marks and old school fluid reservoir.
When it comes to investments, the old cliché 'Don't fix it if it ain't broke' is often solid advice. That's why, when you slide under this storied E-Body, you'll find a tough, 39K-mile chassis that remains largely unrestored. Behind the big block, an original A833 4-speed hangs a matching partial VIN above a correct assembly stamp. That stalwart gearbox powers an original Dana 60 axle, which spins a posi-traction differential around original, 3.54 gears. That rear end rolls on a factory-spec suspension that's sprung on original springs and guided by an original power steering pump. Exhaust travels through original, 2.5-inch pipes that employ original mufflers and original resonators. Stops come courtesy of hearty drum brakes. And all that MoPar goodness rolls on stylish Rallye Wheels, which twist F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs around polished trim rings and silver center caps.
Chrysler taught us that at least half the reason people buy fast cars is to been seen, and what better way to be seen than planted in bright White upholstery that's founded on contrasting carpet and wrapped in High Impact Paint? Pop the top on this awesome Challenger and you'll find a correct White interior that's detailed with tasteful wood accents and crisp stainless trim. That cockpit begins with correct Rallye Gauges, which ride next to a correct Chrysler Solid State radio. In front of the driver, a wood-trimmed steering wheel mixes good form with great function. Shifts are executed through a correct Hurst Pistol Grip Shifter. And behind the passengers, a lighted trunk hides an original jack and space saver spare tire.
According to the Wise Report that's included with our sale, this Dodge's original Fender Tag breaks down as follows.
E86: 440 cubic inch V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to produce 375 horsepower
D21: A833 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter
JS: Dodge Challenger
27: 2-door sports model
U: 440 cubic inch V8 that utilizes one 4-barrel carburetor to produce 375 horsepower
0: 1970 model year (F series)
B: Assembled at Dodge Main in Hamtramck, Michigan
212993: Production Sequence Number
EK2: High Impact Go Mango exterior paint
H: High trim grade
6: Vinyl front seat
XW: White interior
000: No upper door frame colors
C07: Scheduled for build on December 7th, 1969
102643: Vehicle Order Number
V3X: Black convertible roof
A01: Light Group
A33: Performance Axle Package: Dana 60 with 3.54 gears
A62: Rallye Gauges
C55: Bucket seats
G33: Chrome racing mirrors: left-hand remote, right-hand manual
J45: Hood pins
N41: Dual exhaust
N42: Chrome exhaust tips
P37: Power convertible top
R11: 2-watt AM Music Master Radio
V21: Hood Performance Treatment
V6X: Sport stripes: Black R/T tape stripes
Y05: Build to U.S. specifications
26: 26-inch radiator
EN1: End of codes (production line 1)
VEHICLE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
An original Broadcast Sheet
A vintage Owner's Manual
Vintage accessory literature
Vintage paperwork that authenticates the car's mileage and documents its ownership history
A Wise Report
Photos taken prior to the car's restoration (inside the Wise Report)
The car's original air cleaner, carburetor and intake
The car's original distributor
A few more original parts
So, lets recap for a moment. A Build Sheet-documented Challenger R/T convertible, built during the heyday of muscle cars, that features 39K documented miles, documented ownership history in a dry climate and documented praise from MoPar expert Dave Wise. Not to mention, it's a numbers-matching, mostly-original, 1 of 34 High Impact Paint car that's been upgraded with date-correct SIX PACK induction. In short: if you're a savvy collector who's looking for a safe investment at the top of the market, here's the opportunity of a lifetime. Call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte and schedule a visit!
Original sheetmetal, numbers-matching, semi-survivor that's documented with an original Broadcast Sheet
1 of only 34 1970 Challenger 440/4-speed convertibles produced
39,399 actual miles / Spent the first 40 years of its life in Colorado
Original 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 / Upgraded with SIX PACK induction
Original A833 4-speed manual transmission / Original Dana 60 rear axle with original 3.54 gears
Correct Go Mango paint / Correct Performance Hood Treatment / Correct longitudinal stripes
Correct Black top / Correct White interior
Un-restored undercarriage with original exhaust system / Factory power steering
Sale includes: An original Broadcast Sheet / Paperwork that authenticates the car's mileage and ownership history
Sale includes: A Wise Report / Pre-restoration photos / The car's original air cleaner, carb, intake & distributor
|Exterior Color:||Go Mango|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Manual|
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