1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

How often do you get a chance to buy a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T this right? Not only is it a rare 426 Hemi Mopar muscle car with numbers matching, but it came from the factory with an original TX-9 Tuxedo black finish with a back interior. If you checked the 426 Hemi engine option when ordering a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T you automatically got the factory Super Track Pack A34 option with the Sure Grip differential, and 9 3/4″ Dana rear axle equipped with 4.10 gears. You also got the 4-speed, and they say this one is numbers matching too. 

Man, this 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T is straight from Mopar heaven. It is no surprise that this incredible Mopar is being offered for sale by Legendary Motorcar Company. They trade exclusively in high end collector cars of this provenance. In this instance, they tell us the Tuxedo black Hemi Challenger is fully documented and has had a rotisserie restoration. (Follow the link to the Legendary Motorcar Company’s ad page to see dozens of high resolutions photos.)

Research done by Legendary Motorcar Company indicates the Hemi Challenger R/T was built in Hamtramck, Michigan and scheduled for production Saturday, November 15th, 1969. It is one of only 137 Challengers built with the legendary 426 Hemi engine and a 4-speed Pistol Grip transmission. It features a long list of desirable options such as driver’s side remote mirror, dual chrome mirrors, hood pins and factory stripe delete. The interior includes wood grain trim, front buckets seats, noise reduction package, Rally instrument cluster, multiplex AM/FM radio and a rear speaker.

Having benefited from a complete nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, this 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T is an exceptional example. The car comes wth a copy of the broadcast sheet, decoded by Galen Govier. They say it has been owned and maintained by a collector ever since the restoration.

How Rare is a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T?

When you compare factory production numbers, there were only 286 Dodge Challenger R/T hardtops produced with the 426 Hemi engine in 1970, the first year they were offered by Dodge. Actually there were more Hemi Cudas produced than Challengers. A total of 652 Hemi Cudas were produced in that first year of E-body styling. Even sweeter, the E-Body Hemi R/T was a little longer in wheelbase, and usually came with more options than the Hemi Cuda.  Who would have guessed that the first-year E-body Hemi Challenger would become more rare than the legendary Plymouth Hemi Cuda?

Chrysler’s  1970 Dodge Challenger model was an eye-grabber with a deeply recessed grille set back behind the dual headlamps. The rear lights spread the length of the valance.  The center section of the rear lights had large single reversing lamps and the Dodge logo spread across it. The R/T came standard with the Sport Hood, a power bulge hood fitted with dual air intakes which were not connected directly to the air filter. Rallye instruments were standard on the R/T. It had a cluster containing four large equal sized pods with a 150-mph speedometer, 8,000 rpm tachometer, clock and the remaining pod containing four gauges for oil pressure, alternator, engine temperature and fuel.
 
The Challenger was Dodge’s entry into the Mustang-created “Pony Car” segment of the muscle car market back in the day. Introduced for the 1970 model year, it was one of two Chrysler E-body cars, the other being the slightly smaller Plymouth Barracuda/Cuda.

Legendary Motorcar Company points out that this Challenger R/T represents an incredible opportunity for the discerning collector to obtain one of the most sought after muscle cars of all time, with perhaps the most legendary drivetrain of the era in what is possibly the most desirable factory livery of all.

This week, Legendary Motorcar Company’s rare 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T is being featured in the Cars-On-Line.com newsletter. Click here to review their coverage

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

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