1971 Dodge Charger RT
(Featured on 23rd June 2013)
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Everyone knows the Dodge Charger was designed to be a high performance, high profile muscle car. During Detroit's first golden era, manufacturers were constantly trying to find a way to get younger buyers into their showrooms. Not surprisingly, Chrysler eventually made both the Hemi and the Magnum available to Charger buyers. And that combination of big power and dramatic looks created a rare street brawler which topped the food chain in both performance and appeal. This stunning Charger is an authentic V-code car that's dominated national events to the tune of a Mopar Nationals first place award, two AACA first place awards and an AACA factory high performance award. Freshly restored, powered by an original big block and propelled by a correct Torqueflite transmission, it's a world class contender that'll score judge for judge in the arena and stand match for match on the street. And if you're in the market for an exceptionally restored Mopar that has all the right stuff to continue gaining value, they just don't get much better!
With an original broadcast sheet and multiple national awards in its arsenal, there should be little doubt about this Dodge's pedigree. But, for the sake of being thorough, I'll go ahead and break down its detailed fender tag.
- Dodge Coronet or Charger
- 2-door hardtop
- 440 cubic inch, 385 horsepower V8 that's equipped with three 2-barrel carburetors
- 1971 model year
- Assembled at Chrysler's Lynch Road facility
155603: Assembly sequence number
E87: 440 cubic inch, high performance V8 that utilizes three 2-barrel carburetors to create 390 horsepower
D32: Heavy duty Torqueflite automatic transmission
CW3: Bright White paint
- Luxury trim
- Cloth or vinyl bucket seats
- Black interior
TX9: Black door frames
218: Assembled on February 18th, 1971
145610: Order number
V1X: Full, black vinyl roof
U: Built to USA specifications
V68: Longitudinal stripe delete
C16: Console that's complete with a wood grain panel
26: 26 inch radiator
P31: Power windows
This awesome coupe's high quality, frame-off restoration began with a clean, original body that, based on appearance, has led a straight, trouble-free life. That said, this isn't 1971 anymore, and this Charger is no longer a run-of-the-mill assembly car, so that solid body was thoroughly stripped, lovingly sanded and massaged to a level that's much nicer than its original showroom condition. Once the car's panels were correctly aligned, and its intimidating slab-sided ambiance fully reconstructed, a correct coat of Chrysler code CW3 Bright White paint was expertly applied under a correct vinyl top and fresh R/T decals. And today, this razor-sharp Mopar sits as an ultra-straight, fully detailed pavement pounder that elicits loud comments and long stares every time it hits the road!
Wearing lines that originated on Chrysler designer Carl Cameron's famous Charger Turbine Concept, this classic cruiser makes a bold and distinct styling statement from virtually every angle. At the front of the car, a split and chrome-trimmed grille hangs a bold "DODGE" script between four pristine headlights, clear parking lamps and an aggressive chin spoiler. At the top of the car, a louvered hood props two pristine "440 SIX PACK" emblems and two fresh lanyards in front of like-new glass that's framed in bright stainless trim. At the sides of the car, prominent fender lines, which are complemented by vertical door inlays, hang new chrome mirrors, small chrome handles and fresh "Charger R/T" scripts above dent-free wheel mouldings. And at the back of the car, a bright silver valence centers textured tail lights between a black spoiler, "Charger R/T DODGE DIVISION" emblems, a mirror-like bumper and red-inlayed exhaust tips.
Lift this Dodge's long, freshly finished hood and you'll find an original 440 cubic inch Chrysler V8 that's been fully rebuilt and thoroughly detailed for show. On the sides of that big engine, 2536430-8 casting numbers indicate the presence of a correct RB powerplant. Just above those casting numbers, official January (1) 29th (29) of 1970 (70) casting dates align perfectly with the car's February production. And just below those casting dates, a matching 1A155603 partial VIN confirms the mill is indeed original equipment. At the top of the 390 horsepower monster, a correct trio of Holley 2-barrel carburetors ride within a giant, "440 MAGNUM SIX PACK" branded air cleaner. At the base of those carburetors, a correct Hemi Orange intake rides between original heads and traditional stamped steel valve covers. At the front of those valve covers, a reliable points distributor sequences spark through reproduction Chrysler Electronic Suppression 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 pliable hoses and authentic squeeze clamps. Aesthetically, the car's highly appealing engine bay impresses all the way from its Bright White fenders to its Hemi Orange block. Many details, such as a fresh Mopar red cap battery, a Chrysler branded washer tank and a Chrysler voltage regulator, make it seem like 1971 all over again. And functionally, a quick turn of the ignition switch springs the spry motor into a beefy, rumbling idle.
By 1971, most street racers knew automatic gearboxes weren't necessarily a handicap. And today, these transmissions consistently pull numbers that are just as fast, or faster, than the best row-it-yourself cars. Behind this Charger's stout RB you'll find a stalwart A727 TorqueFlite that shifts smoothly and powers down the road with ease. With the car's floors, 'clean' is the name of the game as a cool layer of satin black paint is decorated with Bright White overspray and detailed with a full array of marks and tags. At the front of those floors, a good looking factory suspension is highlighted by correctly colored torsion bars and a rebuilt power steering system. At the back of those floors, a familiar Dana 60 posi-traction rear end utilizes steep 4.10 gears to throw power to the pavement with authority. At the center of those floors, a 2.5 inch, true-dual exhaust system sends spent gases through factory replacement mufflers, rear-mounted resonators and correct stainless tips. And at the corners of those floors, power front disc and rear drum brakes provide quick and reliable stops to perfectly counter 15 inch Rallye wheels and fresh G60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs.
Sit down inside this great looking Charger and you'll find a new vinyl interior that's accented with tasteful wood applique and bright stainless trim. The first thing you'll notice is the car's high quality bucket seats, which feature comfortable pleats on top of straight frames and what feels like brand new foam. The second thing you'll notice is new black carpet, which is protected by slick "R/T" branded floor mats. And the third thing you'll notice is a correct factory console, which wraps a traditional T-handle shifter in a contoured, driver-oriented design. At the sides of the car, full door panels hang fresh trim and orange-laced "Charger" emblems above slick chrome handles and small power window buttons. At the front of the car, a great looking dash hangs a rebuilt instrument cluster above a correct AM/FM radio and Chrysler's super rare stereo/recorder system. At the back of the car, a fully restored trunk hides a new mat beneath a new jack, a full-size spare and correct decklid markings. And in front of the driver, an infamous Mopar Tuff Wheel mixes a whole lot of form with a whole lot of function.
As previously mentioned, this pristine Mopar enjoys some very prestigious accolades. Here's a brief list of the car's major awards:
First Place at the 2012 AACA Annual Grand National Meet.
Factory High Performance Award for the 2011 AACA Eastern Division.
First Place at the 2010 Mopar Nationals.
First Place at the 2009 AACA Annual Grand National Meet.