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1971 Dodge Charger R/T: The Highest Optioned Example

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By Dave Ashton

Rare options are the name of the game with classic muscle cars. If the original buyer decided to tick a few extra goodies on the options list those extra dollars back then can turn into a nice little investment today. One great example is this 1971 Dodge Charger R/T which is the highest optioned Hemi Charger and the most expensive from Chrysler of the era. Currently owned by the Wellborn Musclecar Museum, the two videos below give you an overview of this highly optioned car with some nice and tasty close-ups.

Lots of options means a long list, which for the original buyer must have been like a teacher ticking an exam paper. One of 63 built in 1971, 1 of 33 Automatic Charger R/Ts with a 426ci Hemi built for the American market and only one of 30 with the M51 power sunroof option. So, here are the standout features.

426/425 HP Hemi V8, Two 4-barrel carbs.
Floor shifted Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission

Rare M51 Power Sunroof option
Hi-Impact Hemi Orange with White top and interior
Color keyed elastomeric bumpers and racing mirrors
Rallye wheels with Goodyear polyglas tires

Power steering, brakes and windows
Bucket seats with console
Air Grabber hood, front and rear spoilers
Light group and driver aid group
Rear window defogger, 6-way adjustable seat
AM/FM Radio with 8-Track and Dictaphone
Rallye gauges and wood-rimmed sport steering wheel
Rare, rear shoulder belts (no belt assembly)
A34 Super Track Pack
Broadcast sheet
35,638 original miles
Original MSRP was $6,304.60, base price $3,223

Th R/T package features stand out with the blacked out hood dome, side tape stripes and vertical door tape stripes. The contrast between the Hemi Orange and the white roof and interior are a prime example of the loud and proud muscle cars produced in just a few years.


Tim and Pam Wellborn bought the car in 2005 for the Wellborn Musclecar Museum. Previously, the Charger was bought in 1988 by Mopar specialist Steve Segal(not the actor and martial arts dude) who rebuilt the engine, repainted the car and replace the vinyl roof. As for how much the car is worth, the first video at one minute 58 shows a window sticker from Mecum showing $375,000. If you check out the Mecum auction listings from 2015 the estimate is between $450,000 and $550,000. You may think that’s quite pricey for a 1971 Charger, but it is one of the rarest around.



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