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Buy Of The Day, 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

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Buy Of The Day, 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T


The current Mecum auction May 12-16th, Indy 2015, has the expected incredible rides on offer, but I’ve chosen this 70’s hemi-Challenger, over the of the other rides available simply from the viewpoint of getting the most for your money.

This Challenger has an estimate of $200,000 – $250,000. There’s a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster (call for an estimate), 70s Plymouth hemi-Superbird – estimate $375,000 – $450,000 and an ultra-rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda estimate – $600,000 – $800,000.
All of these rides being investment grade material.

The obvious choice would be probably the Cuda or the Shelby for the most worth, but I can’t help but think you could have almost 3 of the Challengers for the price of the Cuda or possibly the Shelby.
It really does depend on your priorities, tastes and how much you are willing to spend and it will always be the case where you could possibly buy a few rides for the price of one, but I would be more tempted to take the Challenger out for a ride or two then even risk a stone chip on the Shelby or Cuda.

However, when you are parting with this many dollars for a ride, you will be thinking of its increased value in a few years.
Decisions, decisions………. but this is part of the fun!

If money was no object, which one(s) would you buy?
Daydream for a while, decide, then comment below.

‘It had not been driven since 1974,’
‘Chuck Smith Classic Cars performed a frame-off restoration completed in 2012 using original and NOS Mopar parts, after which the car was put on display for two years at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee.’
‘This R-code Hemi Challenger R/T boasts a date code correct 426/425 HP Hemi engine, the original Torqueflite automatic transmission and 4.10:1 Dana rear end and the original Shaker hood. It incorporates the A32 Super Performance Axle Package, which includes the Hemi-specific seven-blade Torque Drive fan, dual-point ignition and 26-inch heavy-duty radiator with shroud, power front disc brakes and Sure Grip differential. ‘
‘It is listed in the Chrysler Registry as one-of-one 1970 Hemi R/T Challengers equipped with its particular set of colors and options.’

Two-owner Hemi Challenger R/T
– Owned by current owner since 1979
– Documented with three broadcast sheets
– One of one as optioned documented by Chrysler Registry
– Believed to be 33,955 actual miles
– Frame-off restoration by Chuck Smith Classic Cars in 2012 using original and NOS Mopar parts
– Original sheet metal
– Date code correct 426/425 HP Hemi engine
– Original automatic transmission
– Original 4.10 Dana 60 rear end
– A32 Super Performance Axle Package
– Power disc brakes
– Original shaker hood
– Refreshed in factory EF8 Dark Green Metallic with V9X painted Black Transverse Bumble Bee stripe
– Deluxe interior package
– Black bucket seats with houndstooth inserts
– AM radio with 8-Track
– 15 inch Rallye wheels
– Formerly on display at Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee




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