1970 Dodge Charger RT
(Featured on 23rd June 2013)
Sellers original description:
When you think of Dodge Chargers, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For our gracefully seasoned readers, it's probably something akin to Bengals and 426 cubic inches. For our younger readers, it probably has to do with orange paint, police chases and a couple of good 'ol boys. While that fame has inspired many a car guy, and accomplished great things for the Charger name, it unfairly represents what amounts to a broad market of solid, exceptionally appealing cars. Take this awesome Lime Green coupe for example. It left Chrysler's St. Louis assembly plant in February of 1970 sporting a 440 cubic inch Magnum V8, a beefy automatic transmission and enough eyeball appeal to win some serious fans. And today, fresh from an exhaustive restoration, it's a sharp counter stereotype that wraps the same numbers-matching drivetrain in a much nicer shell than St. Louis ever dreamed of building. Just last month we sold this similarly equipped, non numbers-matching Charger (LINK TO ORANGE CAR) for $75K. Want a more authentic piece for a better price? Step right up and give this glossy green Mopar your full attention!
Before we dive into descriptions, here's a full breakdown of the car's original fender tag:
E86: 440 cubic inch, high performance V8 that's equipped with one 4-barrel carburetor
D32: Heavy duty A727 Torqueflite transmission
XS29: X Dodge Charger, S Special, 29 2-door sports hardtop
U0G: U 375 horsepower, 440 cubic inch V8, 0 1970 model, G Assembled in St Louis, Missouri
187732: Build sequence number
FF4: Lime Green Metallic paint
C6F8: C Charger, 6 Vinyl bucket seats, F8 Green interior
EF8: Dark Green Metallic door frames
206: Assembled on February 2nd, 1970
035074: Order number
V1F: Green vinyl roof
A01: Light package
B51: Power brakes
C21: Center seat folding armrest
C55: Bucket seats
G33: Chrome, left-hand outside mirror
H51: Single air with heater
J25: 3-speed variable wipers
L31: Hood-mounted turn signal indicators
M21: Roof drip rail mouldings
M31: Body belt mouldings
N95: Nox exhaust emissions control
R11: Music Master AM radio
26: 26 inch radiator
END: End of codes
The second generation Charger is arguably one of the greatest designs of the muscle car era. With a sawed off nose, raked C-pillars and 'coke bottle' fender lines, the car's shape is undeniably aggressive. And thanks to its professionally massaged panels, this fully restored hardtop looks especially good. Every piece of this Dodge's smooth body is laser-straight, with even gaps and solid shut lines being standard fare. Since that straight body is layered in an eye-catching coat of FF4 two-stage, which lets its metallic pigment shine much better than Chrysler's original single-stage, the car simply doesn't have a bad angle. And in full R/T regalia, it looks capable of eating lesser vehicles whole!
There's just something about a broad shouldered Mopar that appeals to pretty much everyone. Maybe it's their wow factor. Maybe it's the sense of strength they convey. Or maybe it's simply the surface development of their hard-edged, modernist panels. Whatever the case may be, this Charger carries all that classic Chrysler charm under a whole slew of trophy-winning details. At the front of its mirror-like body, a prominent, chrome-trimmed grille hangs a bright "Charger R/T" script between artfully hidden headlights and small, amber marker lamps. Above that grille, a scalloped hood props correct turn signal indicators in front of like-new glass that's cleared by bright stainless wipers, framed by straight stainless trim, and capped by a pristine vinyl top. At the sides of that hood, multi-faceted body panels hang "R/T" branded door coves between dent-free fender trim, a heavy chrome mirror, correct Chrysler door handles and an elaborate fuel filler. And at the back of those panels, a bright white bumble bee stripe compliments stylish tail lights, a second "Charger R/T" emblem, a broad chrome bumper and clean stainless exhaust tips.
Rebuilt, fully-detailed and wearing a correct 2536430-8 casting number, a (11) November (12) 12th of 1969 (69) casting date, and a matching 187732 partial VIN, this slick Charger's 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 is spectacular in every measurable way. At the top of the 375 horsepower monster, a correct 4-barrel carburetor is housed within a satin black, dual-snorkel air cleaner that wears a bright "440 MAGNUM" topper. At the base of that carburetor, a sturdy, cast iron intake rides between correct heads and traditionally stamped valve covers. At the front of that intake, a reliable points distributor sends spark through reproduction Chrysler plug wires. At the sides of that distributor, restored exhaust manifolds funnel spent gases into great sounding, true-dual pipes. And in front of those manifolds, a correct 26 inch radiator circulates water through fresh Mopar hoses and reproduction squeeze clamps. Aesthetically, the car's Lime Green engine bay provides excellent contrast to the 440's Hemi Orange paint. There's a roster of authentic equipment that includes a fresh Mopar red cap battery, a Chrysler-branded washer tank and factory AC equipment. And if you're a discerning purist who's all about the details, items like a Chrysler voltage regulator, a yellow carburetor spring and a full assortment of bright decals are ready to keep you smiling.
With pavement scorching torque and excellent acceleration, this classy Dodge certainly has the performance to back up its handsome looks. Behind the car's legendary big block you'll find an original A727 Torqueflite which hangs a correct 187732 partial VIN above a PK3410670L 3100 build stamp that decodes as a Charger 440 transmission (3410670) sourced from Chrysler's Kokomo facility (PK) on January 22nd, 1970 (3100). Behind that gearbox, a rugged 8.75 rear end utilizes firm 3.23 gears to precisely match the driver's foot-to-floor ratio with the car's power-to-pavement ratio. And below that star studded drivetrain, a heavy duty front torsion bar and rear leaf suspension has been completely restored to include factory power steering and correct power drum brakes. The car's straight floors have been finished in a thin layer of undercoating and fitted with everything from a fresh fuel tank to new stainless brake lines. Exhaust is handled by free-flowing, 2.5 inch pipes that jettison cooked dinosaurs through an H-style crossover, factory replacement mufflers and traditional stainless tips. And power flows to the ground through familiar 15 inch Rallye wheels which spin meaty F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs around stainless trim rings and graphite center caps.
Fully restored in its correct green tint, this Charger's relaxing vinyl interior is one of the best combinations of form and function to ever leave a Chrysler design studio. The car's completely rebuilt front bucket and rear bench seats feel as firm as the day they left the showroom; and perfectly complement a tight green headliner, fresh green carpet, and thick, color-keyed floor mats. In front of those seats, a pliable and crack-free dash anchors pristine gauges, factory AC controls and a correct Chrysler Solid State radio in bright wood applique. At the sides of those seats, ornate "Charger" branded door panels hang pristine armrests between straight stainless trim and Lime Green frames. Between those seats, a correct console centers a traditional chrome shifter in what seems like a mile of attractive trim. In front of the driver, a spectacular wood grain steering wheel spins satin aluminum spokes around a fratzog centerpiece. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk balances a full-size spare between a fresh mat and a correct decklid decal.
With a first class restoration, an original drivetrain and a correct green on green color scheme, this super cool Mopar combines big appeal with big investment potential. It's fast. It's pretty. It's tons of fun. And best of all, you're hard-earned money is buying a car that, if properly maintained, will likely gain value year after year. If you're in the market for some stunning Detroit metal that has the bare-knuckle muscle to back up its killer good looks, this Charger is your next car!