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1971 Dodge Challenger
1971 Dodge Challenger

1971 Dodge Challenger

For 1971, the Challenger used the same body but with minor trim changes. The most noticeable was the split grille and revised taillights. The taillights were no longer a single piece with one back up light in the center but two taillights and two back up lights. The Challenger Special Edition wasn't available as well as the Challenger T/A.

 

 

 

1971 Dodge Challenger Specification and Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Challenger Series - Six-Cyl
JL 23 2 Dr Coupe $2,727 3,020 lbs Note 1
JH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,848 3,065 lbs Note 1
JH 27 2 Dr Convertible $3,105 3,150 lbs Note 2
Challenger Series - V-8
JL 23 2 Dr Coupe $2,853 3,080 lbs Note 1
JH 23 2 Dr Hardtop $2,950 3,120 lbs Note 1
JH 27 2 Dr Convertible $3,207 3,210 lbs Note 2
R/T Series
JS 23 2 Dr Hardtop $3,273 3,495 lbs 4,630

NOTES:

  1. Combined Total - 23,088
  2. Combined Total - 2,165
  3. Additional Challenger R/T Information: The "HEMI" engine was installed into 71 hardtops. The "440 Six-Pak" was installed into 250 hardtops.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Challenger 110 in 191.3 in 76.3 in 59.7 in 61.6 in 7.35 x 14
Challenger R/T 110 in 191.3 in 76.3 in 59.7 in 61.6 in F70 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the instrument panel, visible thru the windshield, and on the bottom line of a separate plate(fender tag) under the hood.

Dodge Fender Tag
First Symbol - Car Line
D - Dodge 122" W - Dodge 117/118"
L - Dart W - Charger/Coronet
J - Challenger X - Charger
Second Symbol - Price Class
E - Economy S - Special
L - Low X - Fast Top
M - Medium K - Police
H - High O - Superstock
P - Premium T - Taxi
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Type
21 - 2 Dr. Sedan 41 - 4 Dr. Sedan
23 - 2 Dr. Hardtop 43 - 4 Dr. Hardtop
27 - 2 Dr. Convertible 45 - Station Wagon 2-Seat
29 - 2 Dr. Sports Hardtop 46 - Station Wagon 3-Seat
Fifth Symbol - Engine
(B) 6-198 (N) 8-383
(C) 6-225 (N) 8-383
(E) 6-Special Order (R) 8-426 HEMI
(G) 8-318 (T) 8-440
(H) 8-340 (U) 8-440
(J) 8-340 (V) 8-440
(L) 8-383 (Z) 8-Special Order
Sixth Symbol - Model Year
6 - 1966 1 - 1971
7 - 1967 2 - 1972
8 - 1968 3 - 1973
9 - 1969 4 - 1974
0 - 1970 5 - 1975
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Lynch Road, Michigan (E) Los Angeles, California
(B) Hamtramck, Michigan (F) Newark, Deleware
(C) Jefferson, Michigan (G) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Belvedere, Illinois (R) Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

 

1971 Dodge Challenger Options

Description Description
225-cid/145-hp Slant Six 426-cid/425-hp "HEMI"
383-cid/275-hp V-8 TorqueFlite Transmission
383-cid/300-hp V-8 4-Speed Manual Transmission
440-cid/370-hp V-8 Power Brakes
440-cid/385-hp V-8 "Six Pak" Power Disc Brakes
340-cid/275-hp V-8 Power Steering

Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - Right front of block, below cylinder head. Small-Block V-8 - Left front of block, below cylinder head. Big-Block V-8 - Left rear of block, near oil pan flange.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
B 6-198 125 Not Available Not Available 1 BC
C 6-225 145 215 TorqueFlite, 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
G 8-318 230 320 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
H 8-340 275 340 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
J 8-340 290 345 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
L 8-383 275 390 TorqueFlite 2 BC
L 8-383 300 Not Available TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
N 8-383 * 335 425 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
R 8-426 HEMI 425 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
U 8-440 * 370 480 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
V 8-440 385 490 TorqueFlite, 3 & 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC

Notes:

  • * High Performance

Available Transmissions

Transmission Location
TorqueFlite Stamped on the transmission oil pan rail.
3-Speed Manual Not Available
4-Speed Manual Not Available

Identification Number Transmission Type
3535804 TorqueFlite
3515806 TorqueFlite
3515841 TorqueFlite
3515842 TorqueFlite
3515843 TorqueFlite
3515844 TorqueFlite
3515845 TorqueFlite
3515846 TorqueFlite
3515847 TorqueFlite
3515848 TorqueFlite
3515849 TorqueFlite
3515850 TorqueFlite
3515851 TorqueFlite
3515852 TorqueFlite

 

Axle Decoding

Location Of Axle Codes: A metal tag is bolted to the assembly, giving the axle ratio or tooth count (if tooth count - divide the larger number by the smaller number, this is the ratio.) Locking axles have a metal tag with the letter "S" on it.


Note: Since tags can easily be missing, the approximate ratio can be determined by marking both the a wheel and the driveshaft; turn the wheel one complete turn and the number of times the driveshaft rotates is the ratio. Locking axles can be identified by raising the complete axle assembly and turning one wheel; if the other wheel turns the the same direction it is a locking axle and if it turns the opposite direction it is a non-locking axle.

Challenger Axle Ratios
Engine   6-198 6-225 8-318 8-340 8-383 8-426 8-440
Locking / Non-Locking   L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL L NL
Ratio 2.76   x   x   x       x        
3.23 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
3.54                     x   x  
3.55             x   x   x   x  
3.91             x   x          
4.10             x   x   x   x  

Interior and Exterior Paint Chips

  • 1971 Dodge Exterior Paint Codes.

    The first Paint Code identifies the roof or accent color. The second Paint Code identifies the body color. (For example, the combination X9-B2 on a Dodge would indicate the roof or accent area is in Black and the body is finished in Light Blue Metallic.) Paint code plates are located in the engine compartment on the left wheel housing, the fender side shield, or the radiator yoke.

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A4 - Light Gunmetal Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5245L
"Centari" Code - 5245A
Dulux® Code - 5245D

K6 - Dark Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5257LM
"Centari" Code - 5257AW
Dulux® Code - 5257DH

A8 - Dark Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5246L
"Centari" Code - 5246A
Dulux® Code - 5246D

L5 - Butterscotch
Lucite® Code - 5267L
"Centari" Code - 5267A
Dulux® Code - 5267D
B2 - Light Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5247L
"Centari" Code - 5247A
Dulux® Code - 5247D
Q5 - Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5268LH
"Centari" Code - 5268A
Dulux® Code - 5268D

B5 - Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5251L
"Centari" Code - 5251A
Dulux® Code - 5251D

T2 - Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5259L
"Centari" Code - 5259A
Dulux® Code - 5259D

B7 - Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5249L
"Centari" Code - 5249A
Dulux® Code - 5249D

T8 - Dark Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5260LH
"Centari" Code - 5260A
Dulux® Code - 5260D

C7 - Plum Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5182LM
"Centari" Code - 5182AW
Dulux® Code - 5182DH

V2 - Hemi Orange
Lucite® Code - 5067LH
"Centari" Code - 5067A
Dulux® Code - 5067DH

C8 - Indigo Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5265LH
"Centari" Code - 5265AM
Dulux® Code - 5265DH

W1 - White
Lucite® Code - 4996L
"Centari" Code - 4996A
Dulux® Code - 4996D

E5 - Bright Red
Lucite® Code - 5092LM
"Centari" Code - 5092AW
Dulux® Code - 5092DM

W3 - Brite White
Lucite® Code - 5265L
"Centari" Code - 5265A
Dulux® Code - 5265D
E7 - Burgundy Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5253LM
"Centari" Code - 5253AW
Dulux® Code - 5253DH
X9 - Black
Lucite® Code - 99L
"Centari" Code - 99A 
Dulux® Code - 93-005
F3 - Medium Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5254L
"Centari" Code - 5254A
Dulux® Code - 5254D
Y3 - Citron Yella
Lucite® Code - 5308LH
"Centari" Code - 5308AH
Dulux® Code - 5308DH
F7 - Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5255L
"Centari" Code - 5255A
Dulux® Code - 5255D
Y4 - Gold
Lucite® Code - 5263L
"Centari" Code - 5263A
Dulux® Code - 5263D
J4 - Moss Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5307LM
"Centari" Code - 5307AW
Dulux® Code - 5307DH
Y8 - Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5309LH
"Centari" Code - 5309AM
Dulux® Code - 5309DH
J6 - Green Go
Lucite® Code - 5127L
"Centari" Code - 5127A
Dulux® Code - 5127D
Y9 - Dark Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5266LH
"Centari" Code - 5266AM
Dulux® Code - 5266DM

  • 1971 Dodge Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image
White
Lucite® Code - 9845L
Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9836LH
Light Gold
Lucite® Code - 9847L
Light Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9832L
Light Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9837L
Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9834L
Medium Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9846LH
Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9833L
Medium Dark Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9839L
Medium Blue Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9843L
Medium Russet
Lucite® Code - 9840L
Black
Lucite® Code - 9844

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Three-Tone Black & Gray = 389-2076

 

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