1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi

Development of the Dodge Challenger began in late 1966, with early design work led by Bill Brownlie, who envisioned a clean, formal coupe that was quite similar to the overall design of the Mercury Cougar. While the design studies submitted by Brownlie’s staff were considered, Brownlie’s original work was the design that made it to production, as well as his choice of the “Challenger” name for the new car. The Challenger’s enduring appeal stems not only from its very handsome styling, but also from its ability to accommodate the entire Chrysler engine range. The rest is automotive history.

The Chrysler E-bodies (the Dodge Challenger and the Plymouth Barracuda) might have been late to enter Detroit’s pony car game. Though critics argue that the best were saved for last with these cars, making their introduction more than five years after the first Mustang was released. Using a formula similar to Ford and Chevrolet, the Challenger was based on a stretched, compact Dart platform, making the car an immediate sales success. The White Hat Boys at Dodge positioned the car as part of the “Scat Pack,” emblazoning the cars with bumblebee stripes and offering them with a full array of options and nearly any engine Chrysler built, including the fearsome 426-cid, 425-hp Hemi, as found in this car.

After 1971, the coveted Hemi engine option would be gone for this car. R/T models included high back bucket seats, heavy duty brakes, an R/T handling package, raised white letter tires. With a base price of $3,266, the Hemi option added a staggering $778.75 to the bottom line, ultimately leading to low production numbers and making them quite desirable to today’s collectors.

This outstanding 1970 Challenger Hemi has been fastidiously restored to a very high standard and was recently inspected and verified by Dave Wise as an original E74 code Hemi/4-speed matching numbers example. Presented in its original colors of EV2 High Impact Hemi Orange paint over black upholstery and equipped with the super-cool pistol-grip shifter. Additionally, this captivating Challenger was ordered with the highly desirable A33 Track Package, consisting of a 9 ¾ Dana 60 Sure Grip rear axle, 7-blade torque drive fan, and 26” radiator with shroud that was only available in 440 and 426 Hemi cars equipped with 4-speed transmissions. Among the additional equipment listed on the car’s body plate are D21 four-speed manual transmission with Hurst pistol-grip, EV2 Hemi Orange paint, V68 longitudinal stripe delete, N85 tachometer and A62 Rallye Cluster and N95 California emission system. Other equipment includes AM/FM radio, sport hood, hood pins, chrome exhaust tips and collapsible spare tire, rallye road wheels fitted with correct Goodyear F60-15 Polyglas GT white lettered tires. A copy of the Wise Elite Level Vehicle Inspection Report is included with the sale and is available for review.

There were only 287 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi 426 Hardtops built for U.S. specifications – 137 with four-speed manual transmissions and 150 additional cars with the automatic transmission. With aggressive styling, the right options, a superb restoration and Wise Verification, this real deal matching numbers Hemi Challenger is a must-have for anyone seeking a superlative, restored example of one of Chrysler Corporation’s most iconic creations.


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Stock number 7666

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