I sure wish someone would give me a Dodge Challenger! It could even be a 318 car and I would be happy! This ’72 Challenger was bought by the seller’s father in late the ’70s. It was parked ’79 and moved around a couple times, eventually into a pole barn. In 2003 it was given to the seller, who started working on it, but didn’t get very far on it. Seeing as they weren’t getting anywhere with it, they gave it to another family member, who you guessed it parked it in their barn. Well the family member called up and asked them to come get it back, so now it’s listed here on eBay and is back in Allenton, Michigan awaiting a new owner to finally do something with it!
I’ve noticed that most mid-level Mopars have had their engines swapped or messed with and this one is no different. It rolled out of the factory with a 318, but at some point in it’s life had a 383 installed. The 383 is a respectable motor and offered considerably more power than the 318. Being a block built in ’66 means if it is a base engine it was rated at 270 hp, so it isn’t a huge jump in performance. The seller doesn’t state if it’s the 2 barrel or 4 barrel model, which could have a big difference in power.
The body looks straight on this one, but there is definitely rust. I don’t see any large holes anywhere on the outside, but take a look at the underside and it’s a different story The trunk floor actually looks pretty good, so that is hopeful! You’ll likely want to have an inspection done to know for sure just how about the rust issues are. If they are limited to easy to access areas, it might not be too difficult to fix this one up.
If I were just given this Challenger, I wouldn’t mind not knowing which 383 it has or that it has rust issues. I wouldn’t even mind that the original engine is missing. But if I’m going to have to spend $3,000+ for this project, I would want to know more about the car. Let’s just imagine for a minute though that they were just giving this Mopar away, what would you do with it? Since it isn’t already original, I would go a little crazy and find a big block for it, fix the rust issues, remove the rubber body trim, upgrade the brakes and make this into one mean street rod! So what route would you go with it?