Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
If your tastes run towards rare, impeccably preserved muscle, then you can't overlook this incredible 1970 Dodge Challenger RT/SE and it's 56,309 believed-original miles. Born on the shoulder's of Mopar's legendary racing heritage, the Challenger R/T was Dodge's legendary entry, capable of ferocious speeds, both on the straights and in the twisties. This stunning RT/SE hits all the high notes, including a numbers-matching 383 Magnum V8 big-block with the highly sought-after 4-speed manual and heavy-duty package, and a 100% stock presentation that includes a beautifully appointed and highly preserved interior. If you've been looking for an investment-grade, bona fide Mopar, here it is.
A high-visibility car like this means you have some pretty serious hardware underneath, because there's no way you're going to sneak around unnoticed in this one. Complete with the aggressive sport hood with dual snorkels and hood pins and lanyards, rear exhaust with dual chrome tips on each side, a wicked R/T white side stripe, vinyl roof, and that killer blacked-out spoiler out back, there's little doubt that this looks the part of a race car. Beautifully presented with exceptional attention to detail, this Challenger certainly looks fast even when it's sitting still. There's a great deal of money and time invested in the preservation of this car and it shows everywhere you look, from the laser-straight bodywork to the deep finish on the dark blue paint. Only 400 of these RT/SE models were ever made with a 383 Magnum and 4-speed gearbox, so this is pretty rarified air we're speaking of, and it makes sense that the owners have always wanted to preserve this American Muscle masterpiece. It's highly likely that the car was repainted decades ago, as there are some minor imperfections indicative of a respray, but whether it's a survivor-grade presentation or just an older restoration, this Challenger definitely looks like an original car through-and-through. And thankfully, we've got loads of paperwork dating back decades that substantially, if not unequivocally, support the former owner's mileage claims. Correct R/T badges were applied, along with the requisite Challenger script fore and aft, just in case the code EB7 Dark Blue paint and snorkels on the hood weren't enough advertising that this car was built to collect pink slips. Other correct details include the big gas cap on the rear quarter, dual sport mirrors, and R/T badges inside the white side stripes. Chrome bumpers have been wonderfully maintained and hood pins and lanyards always suggest a lot of horsepower living underneath, and this car doesn't disappoint in that regard, either.
The black leather bucket seat interior is the right choice with a classic color like Dark Blue Metallic, giving it a purposeful, all-business look that seems appropriate given the car's lofty credentials. There's a woodgrained console surrounding the original "Pistol Grip" shifter, which is remarkably easy to use as intended, and the woodgrained S-83 rim blow steering wheel needs nothing more than a pair of string-back driving gloves to complete the look. This Challenger came equipped with a Rallye instrument cluster that includes a big speedometer is to the left, followed by a tachometer, all-in-one, and clock, and all those original instruments are inside big round pods that look very cool inside the woodgrained dash. The original Music Master AM/8-track radio is still fully functional through the 3-speaker dash and there's almost nothing inside this car that doesn't look incredibly well preserved. That includes the plush black carpets that line the floors, the matching door panels at the flanks, and the taut headliner up above that includes a factory roof consolette. Options include dual side mirrors, power steering and power front disc brakes, seatbelts, and a rearview opera window complete with an H-31 heated defroster. Even the trunk is shockingly clean, housing an original carpeted mat and space saver tire and jack set that completes the look perfectly.
The car's original, numbers-matching 383 Magnum V8 big block engine still lives under the hood, conservatively rated from the factory at a stout 335 horsepower that brings the power-to-weight ratio somewhere between exhilarating and epic. Topped with a Holley 4-barrel Hi-Po carburetor the motor runs out great, with great power and a fat torque curve that's felt up and down the 4-speed gearbox. It's super-clean and highly detailed for show, from the Hemi Orange paint to the correct snorkeled air cleaner assembly up top that proudly advertises the cackling Magnum underneath, to the factory intake that was painted to match. Power steering and power front disc brakes are great factory options, and a set of headers feed a Flowmaster H-pipe dual exhaust system with dual chromed tips under the rear bumper, one of the R/T's defining features. It sounds AWE
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