In the world of muscle cars, it’s rare to find examples that either haven’t been completely bastardized or resto-modded to the point that they look nothing like they did when leaving the factory. This 1970 Dodge Charger R/T here on eBay appears to have lead a gentle existence, remaining almost completely stock and wearing its factory colors. It’s also quite pure in the performance sense: no other options besides the AM/FM radio and light package were added when new, making this 440 and Pistol Grip-equipped Charger a desirable specimen in more ways than one.
Bidders seem to agree, with lots of folks raising their virtual paddles to the tune of $35,000 with more than five days left on the auction. The Charger also still wears its factory black interior, although the seats could use some work. You can tell this is a true Mopar guy, not only because of the cars in the storage area with this Charger but because of the spare parts that are included. The seller notes there is a tiny crack developing on the dash pad, but don’t worry: a new one will go with the car, along with a very nice used example. There are some aftermarket speakers in place but even the original stereo components are included!
The engine remains almost completely stock, although a previous owner did paint the bay black. What’s impressive is that even its past caretakers had the presence of mind to save the OEM components when removed: while the Charger wears aftermarket headers, the original exhaust manifolds will come with the car! The seller adds that the engine runs well with good oil pressure and the clutch – also believed to be original – still engages nicely. He says the R/T has comfortably reached speeds of 135 m.p.h. without issue, but despite the allure of those high-speed runs, he wants to add a 1969.5 A12 Roadrunner to join his fleet of a 1971 440-equipped ‘Cuda and a 1969 Roadrunner. This man knows and loves his Mopars.
He does acknowledge he’s discovered some body putty in the rear quarters but there are no other indications of major bodywork or corrosion present. I spot some surface rust here and there but nothing significant; in this photo, it appears the sometimes-troublesome vinyl roof remains in good shape and hopefully isn’t hiding any rot. Although we can’t see it in the photos, the work done on the quarters must be past its prime as the seller notes that this is an area he’d repair, along with a “lower fender patch and paint.” While some photos of these trouble spots would be welcome, I don’t think it matters: the rest of this car is just too good to let some age-appropriate bodywork get in your way of owning it. What do you think it will sell for?