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Original Or Re-Creation Muscle Cars?

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By Dave Ashton

If you’re a fan of muscle cars, especially late 60s and early 70s models you probably have a dream vehicle in mind, which you always wanted to own. However, the rarest options vehicles are completely out of your price range. Would you opt. for a near as perfectly re-creation or simply buy an all original model for what you can afford?

This is clearly down to your own personal preference and budget, but if you find a vehicle that has been restored and recreated with all the correct OEM parts of the era, you can get the same experience, just without paying the astronomical prices of the rarer models. Here we have 2 listings for a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi and a 1969 HEMI Dodge Dart. with these type of vehicles there is a fine line between a total recreation and a restomod sometimes things like a fuel injection system and better brakes and suspension make more sense, especially if you want to have the car as a regular driver.

First up is the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi at an asking price of $125,000.00. Expensive but still nowhere near the price of a rare optioned Challenger R/T convertible. It ticks all the boxes having a 426 425HP Hemi V8 engine, 727 Automatic Transmission and all the OEM parts to make it as close to the original as possible. It also comes with the original docs.






Next up is a 1969 Dodge Dart which has been built to recreate a street legal Super Stock 68 SS/AA Dart with period correct 426 Hemi V8 engine. Like the Challenger above it has the 727 Torque flight transmission. This listing gives far more details and is arguably not to be a like for like recreation, but has added some modern bits here and there to get the best from this build.

It has an asking price of $55,000.00 and arguably comes into more of the restomod or promod category than like-for-like regeneration, but as a regular driver this may fit the bill better. Both vehicles are clearly in fantastic shape as reflected by their asking prices.

Full spec. for the Dart –
Urethane 2 stage paint
Fiberglass hood and scoop
All lights and horns are functional
Chrome in excellent condition
Repaired minor chip in front windshield (see photo)

1968 Date coded 426 Hemi (estimated 500+ h.p.)
Rare Magnesium cross ram intake manifold
2 Holley 650 carburetors
Hydraulic cam (not a roller)
Ceramic coated headers
Magniflow mufflers with 3” exhaust
MSD 6 AL and distributor
Holley electric fuel pump
Pete Jackson gear drive (noisy)
Custom made Stainless steel 16 gallon gas tank
727 Torque flight transmission
Reverse manual valve body
ATI 3000 stall convertor
Transmission cooler
Fairbanks shifter
Powermaster starter

Dana 60 w/ 4.10:1 gears and positraction
Caltrack traction bar system
Rebuilt stock front suspension
Welded in ‘K’ member for Hemi engine
Balanced drive shaft
Welded in subframe connectors and roll bar
Disc brakes up front; Drum in rear
Front tires: 205 x 75R x 15
Rear: Hoosier Quick Time Pro 29 x 13.50 x 15
Vintage American racing wheels on all 4 corners

New ProCam bucket seats
New Classic gauges (Speedometer, tach, water temperature, oil pressure, volt meter)
New dash pad
Original back seat


This is not really a comparison between these two vehicles, but more to give you an idea of how you can pay a lot less for a re-creation or restomod, than yearning for a lifetime for an out of reach original. If we could jump back to the early 80s where you could pick up a muscle car for next to nothing, that would be great. But as prices ever increase in the muscle car market base models, re-creations and restomodss can have just as much enjoyment and worth as the rare originals and still be driven regularly without the worry of the slightest paint chip.

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