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Lot 29
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
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CHASSIS NO: JS23V0B111193

• Numbers matching V-Code 440 “Six-Pack” engine and transmission
• Factory FC7 Plum Crazy paint
• Rotisserie restoration
• Factory Ram Charger hood
• Carlisle Chrysler Standard of Originality verified


Documents

70 Plum Crazy Challenger Broadcast Sheet.pdf
70 Plum Crazy Challenger Carlisle Chrysler Standard of Originality.pdf


440 cid V-8 engine, 390 HP, 3X2-barrel Holley carburetors, 727 automatic transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension with shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic rear leaf springs, power-assisted front disc brakes with drum brakes to the rear; wheelbase: 110”


Keeping the best until last, Dodge waited until the 1970 model year to bring out their new E-body Challenger. Available in several trim levels, it could be ordered as a mild everyday sport compact, or one could step into the realm of excitement with no holds barred and join the world of R/T performance. For the perfect blend of high horsepower with street smarts, nothing could match the selection of the 440 Magnum topped off with the Six-Pack intake. Introduced mid-year 1969, this engine was a force to be reckoned with for both the driver and those who dared to challenge the results this machine could post. With the compact new package, it could go from 0-to-60 in 6.2 seconds and could tear up a quarter-mile strip in just 13.7 seconds. Just 17,549 Challenger R/T hardtops were produced, which included 3,753 Sport Hardtops, and relatively few of those opted for the awesome V-code 390 HP 440/Six-Pack V-8.

If the roaring of a high horsepower engine combined with the sleek new design was not enough to turn heads, Dodge upped the stakes with the introduction of high-impact colors usually reserved for its most potent vehicles. One of the most sought-after colors by collectors today are the genuine Plum Crazy examples and this superb Challenger R/T was born with this exceptional paint as evident by the letters “FC7” on the fender tag. This R/T hardtop was treated to a full “nut and bolt” restoration where everything was inspected and rebuilt as needed, from the front-end and steering system to the rear suspension, including a complete examination and maintenance as required for the rugged Dana 4.10:1 rear axle, a vital part of the 440 Six-Pack package. Atop the numbers matching 440 V-8, which is mated to its original transmission, is a trio of specially designed Holley carburetors that were rebuilt to perform in perfect harmony with each other as this R/T takes to the road. Outings have been rare since completion in an attempt preserve its beauty. However, this machine stands ready to serve its next owner with unwavering and dependable performance.

Fitted with black vinyl seats, buckets up front, and woodgrain center-shift console, the dashboard is fitted with the full Rallye instrumentation package including the 150 MPH speedometer and in-dash tachometer rated up to 8,000 RPM. The optional Music Master AM radio is also included. Ensuring swift-sure response when the brake pedal is needed are the added-cost front disc brakes and dual exhaust coming from that numbers matching V-8, giving this car a throaty rumble that can weaken the knees of any competitor. The Plum Crazy finish is deep and reflective and the distinctive white R/T side stripes add a visual impact that is complemented by the “pop-up” fuel filler and those 15” Rallye wheels complete with chrome trim rings and wearing a fresh set of Goodyear “belted” Polyglas GT tires. Since finished, it is undoubtedly ready to be judged and deliver to the new owner numerous awards for excellence in workmanship and presentation. This stellar Challenger R/T was built to impress and perform when new, and is restored to capture those magical days and accurately preserve a bit of history that we look back on today as the true “Muscle-Car Era.”

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