CHASSIS NO: JS23R1B324673
• Just 11,476 original miles from new
• Unrestored true Hemi Challenger R/T
• 1 of only 71 produced in 1971, with coveted four-speed
• Documented with original broadcast sheet
426 cid OHV Hemi rated at 425 HP, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf springs and live axle rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 110”
Original is arguably the most overused word in the collector car world. By the very definition the word, original means that a car is unaltered from its as-built condition. While many cars attempt to lay claim to this definition, very few are the real deal. But occasionally a car is offered that carries such a remarkable state of preservation that it does in fact define original. Such is the case with this 1971 Dodge Challenger, for with just 11,476 miles, it still carries its factory paint, interior, and most of all, its 426 Hemi V-8 is still intact.
Finished in Dodge’s Bright Blue Poly, this is an unrestored Hemi Challenger R/T and is 1 of just 71 built with the 426 cubic-inch Hemi 1971, which was the last year of the big-block engine for the Challenger. The astounding condition of this Challenger is something that is rarely seen in any car, let alone a performance car that was built for the Friday night streets fights. Everything about the Challenger RT embellishes the era of the muscle car with a low and aggressive stance in a finely sculptured body with perfectly proportioned lines. The Challenger script on the front fenders gives only a subtle hint that this is a performance car, while a set of graphics in black emblazoned with the RT logo add just the right touch. Not so subtle is the 426 Hemi emblem of the sides of the hood scoop that proudly tells the world that this is one of the most powerful cars ever built. Air intakes on the lower rear fenders also give a strong indication of its performance heritage. At the rear, the stylists at Dodge were clearly on top of their game with long lateral tail lamps, the Challenger script in the center, and four exhaust outlets that create the unmistakable Hemi sound. Although this car carries an excellent shine, the paint is in fact completely original to the car. This Challenger rides on period-correct Goodyear Polyglas GT tires with correct factory rims. The interior, which is also original to the car, is finished in black vinyl with the obligatory woodgrain appliqué that was all the rage in the 1970s. Most impressive is that the upholstery is void of any tears or rips while the carpeting still looks fresh. This Challenger also carries the rare option code R36 AM/FM stereo with microphone cassette tape unit. The dashboard is equipped with the Rallye option that included a tachometer, three-way wipers, and woodgrain appliqué. One has to look closely in order to fully see and understand the odometer reading of just 11,476 miles. A wood steering wheel also adds a nice touch and this Challenger also carries the pistol grip shifter that was a hallmark of Dodge’s cars of this era. If the body and interior in all its original and pristine glory aren’t enough, the impressive 426 cubic-inch Hemi is. Still carrying all its major factory components, this is an engine bay that is impressive not only for its big-block engine, but also for its pristine and preserved condition as it could almost pass for a restored car. All hoses and clamps are correct and the bright orange air cleaner that was a signature of the Hemi engine still carries a shine. Options on this car include the power bulge sport hood with raised chrome 426 Hemi emblems, hood pins, dual exhaust with chrome tips, locking flip-out gas cap, and trim moldings.
The originality of this 1971 Dodge Challenger Hemi makes it an amazing timepiece. There are certainly not many cars that can claim mileage this low in such an unmolested state. Indeed, throughout its 48 years it has only had one muffler replaced, it has just one window that is not date-coded, and a touch up on its front valance. The chance to own such a rare, original piece of Mopar history doesn’t come along often and, for the very best in a preservation car that represents an iconic era, this Hemi Challenger can’t be beat.