Dodge put its Challenger through some challenging changes, from the muscle car era that we all know and love to rebadged Mitsubishis, and now, to the current retro-inspired Challenger. This 1979 Dodge Challenger is on Craigslist in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The asking price is $4,500 and the owner says, this is a “classy little car.”
By 1977, after a three-year hiatus, the Dodge Challenger had gone from a pavement-pounding monster to basically a rebadged Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. This was the last “Challenger” made until the current model came out in 2008. You can see one of problems with the body that the seller mentions, the hole in the left rear lens. They also mention a couple of scratches on a door. I don’t see any rust on this one, and for a Minnesota car that’s several decades old, that’s pretty amazing, and unusual.
This is a one-owner car and it appears to be in fantastic condition overall. There are a few glitches with it, but I don’t know if I’ve seen one from this era in this nice condition for many years. This car has only traveled 59,200 miles and that’s less than 1,600 miles a year, so I’m assuming that it’s never been driven in the winter.
There are no engine photos but this one has Mitsubishi’s G32B 1.6L inline-four with 77 hp. A Challenger with 77 hp!? Is that worse than a Dodge Charger with four doors? Maybe, but I know that a four-door Dodge Charger was hard to swallow for a lot of people, too. The interior of this car looks as nice as the exterior does, but the plaid fabric is the real star here. The seller mentions that the carburetor “runs a little rough until the engine is warmed up but the car runs excellent on the road.”
There it is! Classy. You know that you had a pair of double-knit pants with almost this exact same pattern back in 1979, come on, don’t deny it! As with most Craigslist ads, the seller is fairly light on photos, I would want to really highlight the interior and the fact that the body looks so good. There are no photos of the passenger side at all, but if it looks as good as the driver’s side does this is one well-preserved car. When was the last time that you’ve seen one of these on the road?