There are few vehicles that get car lovers as excited as the 1970 Dodge Challenger. There is good reason for this. It has one of the most iconic body styles ever produced and it was used an many films during the 70s. The 70 Dodge Challenger was Dodge’s somewhat late response to the muscle car wave sweeping the nation. The market was dominated by the Mustang and Camaro but Dodge created the Challenger to stand apart. Dodge gave the Challenger a larger wheelbase, made the vehicle larger overall, and gave it more options than other pony cars on the market. Dodge’s purpose was to target a wealthier crowd with a luxury muscle car. Thankfully they didn’t skip on power as the car came equipped with a 426 inch cubic engine.
The 1970 Dodge Challenger for sale in this picture was listed on ebay for a starting bid of $10,000. With the condition it appears to be in and knowing what kind of cash they can bring, I would be surprised if the reserve price was anywhere under $15,000. Hell, I would be surprised if they let it go for under $20,000. With the release of the new Challenger in 2008 it has only sparked renewed and even greater interest in the originals. A mint condition 70 Challenger might pull over $40,000 if the right collector is located.
Now, the one in the picture is not in mint condition. The hood is aftermarket. But it is a 440 R/T so we are talking about serious power and serious fun. That is, if you don’t mind the 8 miles per gallon that the car will get. Then again, this isn’t something that should be driven everyday. It should spend most of it’s time in the garage and being admired. Having said that, it also needs to tear up the asphalt occasionally. Just don’t get too crazy. 1970 Dodge Challenger parts aren’t easy to find.
My daily driver is actually a 2009 Challenger R/T. It’s been hell in the recent snow storms but I was smart enough to buy tire chains a few days after I bought the car. I even considered buying a cheap and crappy front wheel drive car for bad weather, but as it stands, this is the only vehicle I’ve got. I’m getting my money’s worth though. It’s only been 2 years and I’ve racked up over 40,000 miles on it. I’ve managed to avoid any speeding tickets but I live for on ramps. It’s fun to sit at the top or bottom of the ramp, wait for it to clear and then punch it. A little burnt rubber and a few seconds later you hit the highway at 80 miles an hour.