Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Mopar people, you know what you like: big block power, E-body looks, high-impact colors, and sporty bucket-seat interiors, all covered in a big, bad, and bold attitude. This 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Tribute delivers plenty of that decadent good stuff (and then some) punctuated with a built 440 V8 engine, quick-shifting Torqueflight transmission, power steering and power4-wheel disc brakes, and a period-perfect look that drops jaws on command.
A lot of this Challenger\'s appeal is under the skin, where it really is a bare-knuckles street fighter, but it sure is pretty to look at, too. Plum Crazy Purple always looks best on Chrysler\'s pony cars, particularly the Challenger, where it looks both fast and highly polished at the same time. The jury\'s out on whether the Challenger or the \'Cuda is the better-looking car, but there\'s no denying that showing up in this slick R/T will generate a TON of attention. The bodywork is nicely finished, showing off the crease running along its flanks to great effect, the result of a lot of careful sanding work before the high-impact paint went on. Fit and finish are par for the course on any vintage Mopar muscle, and they did their homework on the matte black T/T stripes, which were laid down with great precision and really complete the look. A big, blacked-out fiberglass cowl hood was added too, complete with that giant hood scoop and hood pins/lanyards, and when coupled with the decklid spoiler it transforms the big E-body into an aggressive asphalt-eater that looks like it\'s going 100MPH just sitting still. The car\'s been driven and enjoyed (seriously, who could resist the siren song of a big block Mopar with these killer looks?), so it\'s no longer flawless, but you\'ll have a hard time resisting this strong, driver-grade car and the call of the open road, just like the last owner. Shiny chrome bumpers and brightwork add even more flash to the attention-grabbing presentation, and the raked stance is set so aggressively it practically forces your feet down onto the gas pedal.
The interior is mostly original stock Challenger, from the high back bucket seats to the original center console, to the ornate door panels at the flanks, and everything is very nice shape inside. In fact, other than some slight rub marks at the top of the door cards and a little wear on the woodgrain applique found throughout the cabin, there\'s not really anything to complain about inside, and with the sculpted, roomy contours inside, this cabin is very comfortable place to spend some time in. Factory Rallye gauges give you a pretty comprehensive look at the engine and include an original tachometer front-and-center, but for accuracy\'s sake, it also carries a couple auxiliary gauges under the dash that keep a close eye on the upgraded big block. A JVC AM/FM/CD stereo head unit replaces the ancient Music Master AM radio in the dash, and the factory A/C system was upgraded with Vintage Air components, which means modern hardware, R134a refrigerant, and ice-cold air blowing through the vents inside. The stubby T-handle shifter inside the center console falls easily to hand, and the original, wood-rimmed steering wheel should be standard equipment in any muscular Mopar simply because they look awesome. Challenger floormats prove nothing was overlooked during the restoration, and the trunk was painted to match the Plum Crazy exterior and finished with a plaid mat for long-term durability.
You can see just how serious this Challenger handles itself on the streets by popping the hood, where you\'ll find a powerful 440 cubic inch V8. Topped by a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake, Mopar Performance ignition, and block-hugging long-tube headers, it\'s as fast as it is good looking. The block, intake, and valve covers were coated in Hemi Orange engine enamel, whereas the firewall and inner fenders were painted Plum Crazy to match the exterior, so the engine bay is full of color and ready to be shown off right now. Newer components include the upgraded A/C compressor, A Mopar Performance air cleaner, steel-braided fuel lines, and a power brake system that hooks ups with 4-wheel disc brakes underneath that feature drilled-and-slotted rotors. Handling is vastly improved with power steering, a torsion bar and heavy-duty shocks up front, and big leaf springs, shocks, and traction bars in the rear, and the soundtrack is downright epic thank to the Flowmaster dual exhaust set-up that exits through quad tips underneath the rear valance. An A727 Torqueflight 3-speed automatic transmission spins what\'s likely the original 8.75-inch rear end, and it\'s geared in such a way that both off-the-line acceleration and highway cruising are on the menu. Gorgeous factory 15-inch wheels wear meaty BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials that look exactly right and finish the look perfectly.
Beautiful and fast, this is the Challenger R/T Tribute every guy
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