No, the photography isn’t great, but at least we know that this 1972 Dodge Challenger really was a Barn Find! It’s located in Waldo, Kansas and is listed for sale here on craigslist for $4,500. While I was hoping for a big block, with a 340 cubic inch V-8 this still won’t be a slow car! The Dodge Challenger was introduced as a partner to the Plymouth ‘Cuda, and is probably best known to our younger readers as the inspiration for the current “retro” Challenger currently offered by Dodge. Even though by 1972 some of the “oomph” was taken out of pony cars like this, they were still entertaining to drive. I remember watching and enjoying the Challengers at Mid-Ohio Trans Am races in the early 1970’s, so they can be made to go around corners, too.
As you can see from this picture, the sellers were successful at extracting the Challenger from it’s resting place in the barn. Surprisingly to me, the ad states the car runs, although it’s not clear what work was necessary (if any) to get the car running. It looks like the car is relatively free of rust, although more details would be very welcome. I’m not sure if the white top is paint or vinyl; what do you think?
I’m not really sure what’s going on with the paint on the rear–can anyone make out whether this is an intentional design or not? I think the rear panel was originally this silver, and as best as I can tell, the tail lights were originally angled like that. I’d rather see a four-speed rather than the current automatic, but for a running classic Mopar like this one I think I could be really happy at this price, especially if the interior isn’t too bad and the body really isn’t rusty. How about you?