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  1. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Tribute Convertible

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  3. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Tribute Convertible

  4. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Tribute Convertible

  5. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Tribute Convertible

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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Tribute Convertible
2017 The Texas Classic Auction

ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $100,000
• Factory original eight-cylinder convertible
• Exacting, highly detailed restoration and build
• Outstanding Hi-Impact Go Mango/black livery
• Gorgeous black vinyl interior; highly equipped

426 cid Hemi V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, 727 Torqueflite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, live rear axle with leaf springs, front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 110”

Although the new-for-1970 Dodge Challenger was the last entrant to the “pony car” club already populated by Ford’s Mustang, Chevrolet’s Camaro, AMC’s Javelin and AMX, Plymouth’s Valiant-based Barracuda, and Pontiac’s Firebird, it enjoyed remarkable success and continues as the stuff of legends today. Development of the E-Body Challenger began in late 1966, led by Bill Brownlie, the head of Dodge’s design studio, who envisioned a clean and formal two-door coupe similar in basic style to Mercury’s Cougar derivative of the Ford Mustang. While other styling proposals were considered, Brownlie’s original design moved to final production, along with his choice of the “Challenger” nameplate.

Broad-shouldered and low with a long hood and short deck, plus a kicked-up rear beltline, the Challenger exuded a well-proportioned and athletic presence that has aged extremely well with the passage of time. The Challenger’s wide recessed grille, while not aerodynamically efficient, mirrors the stylistic influence of the era’s leading-edge European design houses. However, the enduring appeal of the Challenger stems not only from its handsome and muscular “Coke-bottle” styling theme, but also from its ability to accommodate the entire Chrysler engine range from the humble “Slant Six” all the way through Chrysler’s small- and big-block engine ranges and right up to the mighty 426 “Hemi”. This remarkable adaptability was courtesy of the Challenger’s front sub-frame assembly, which was borrowed from the larger and equally versatile B-bodied Charger and Coronet models.

Offered in both coupe and convertible form, the Challenger was a solid value priced from $2,851 for the standard six-cylinder coupe. Performance fans chose the R/T “Road and Track” package, marketed aggressively as part of Dodge’s “Scat Pack” line. The R/T option was a screaming buy at just $300, including a 383 “Magnum” V-8, heavy-duty Rallye underpinnings, F70X14 raised white letter tires and heavy-duty brakes, plus comprehensive Rallye instruments. An incredible 18 exterior color choices were available, along with a no-cost rear “bumblebee” stripe for the R/T, or bodyside stripes with “R/T” callouts. The 440 Magnum, 440 Six Pack, and 426 Hemi engines were optional.

From introduction, demand has greatly outstripped supplies of the few factory-built Hemi Challengers, spurring a number of top-quality tributes. No expense was spared on the restoration and build of this stunning 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi Convertible tribute. Per the 13 digit VIN, this car started life as a factory original eight-cylinder convertible. The entire drivetrain and all components are either new or rebuilt. Features include a 426/425-HP Hemi engine, dual carburetors, 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, and 8 3/4-inch limited-slip rear end, plus front disc brakes and power steering. The gorgeous black vinyl interior features a factory tachometer and gauges, floor console and shifter, wood grain steering wheel, and AM radio. It rides on chrome styled wheels wrapped in period style Goodyear Polyglas tires. Finished in eye-catching Hi-Impact Go Mango Orange, this 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger tribute is an outstanding and highly detailed example of a true Mopar legend in convertible form.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Tribute Convertible
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