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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Drag Car Unearthed

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By Dave Ashton

Since its launch in 1969, the Dodge Challenger Muscle Car has made a huge impact on the American auto scene, from its powerful engines and fast acceleration times to its flashy colors. It even took on the track at the Trans-Am Championship, paving the way for the limited-edition Challenger T/A model. After decades in hiding, the pearl white Challenger is up and running again and boasts an incredible 426 HEMI V8 engine from the original 440cu V8.

Restoring a vintage Dodge Challenger isn’t easy, especially if you aim to stay as close to period correct as possible. Luckily, Kelly, Ziggy Wyso’s granddaughter, and her husband have done just that. The 426 HEMI V8 they chose for their project was sourced from another 1970 Mopar vehicle, making it an authentic part of the Challenger’s muscle car era. As such, it’s quite a rare commodity since only 875 Challengers were fitted with the 440 Four Barrel, 296 with the 440 Six Pack and 60 with the 426 HEMI – all in the year 1970.

From the outside, this 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T looks as good as it did back during its racing days. With its custom hood scoop, huge wheels and half vinyl top, not to mention the black snake skin patterned stripes, the car stands out from the crowd. That said, the interior still remains mostly stock, with the exception of the missing rear seats.

It’s clear that Kelly and her husband have poured their hearts into their project, and their Dodge Challenger Muscle Car is now a shining example of what can be done with a classic. It’s no surprise that many are drawn to its beautiful form and incredible engine, both of which make it the perfect ride for cruising the streets or hitting the drag strip. Check it out for yourself in the video below and see why this Dodge Challenger is one of the most desirable models out there.

The restored Challenger is truly a sight to behold, and its power and performance are even more impressive. Thanks to the HEMI V8, the car can reach speeds of up to 150 mph, making it a formidable force on the track. The car is also equipped with a four-speed transmission, Dana 60 rear axle, and heavy-duty suspension, making it a unique ride among Mopar enthusiasts.

The Challenger still has a few small details that need to be addressed before it’s back to its original state, but Kelly and her husband are determined to keep the restoration correct and true to the car’s spirit. It’s clear that this duo has put a lot of effort and love into the project, and it has certainly paid off.

The Dodge Challenger Muscle Car is a true classic, and it’s easy to see why it has gained such a large fan base over the years. Its powerful engines, muscular good looks and limitless possibilities make it a truly unique ride that will continue to fascinate enthusiasts for years. For those lucky enough to have one, there’s no doubt that each Challenger has its own special story – and Kelly and her husband’s story is certainly a memorable one.


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