440-Powered 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

Dodge came to the pony car party late, perhaps relying too much on the Charger to carry the Dodge banner in muscle car circles. 1970 was the first model year of the Challenger, which was based on the same new platform as the Barracuda and would end production after five years. Challengers have found a place in the hearts (and wallets) of collectors and are quite popular today. This one started out with a 383 V-8, but a 440 replaced it later and there are indications this car may have been set up for racing purposes at one time. It needs a cosmetic restoration and can be found in Springfield, Ohio. The car is available here on eBay where the bidding has just started at $15,000 with a reserve still to be met.

The new Dodge Challenger would prove both potent and popular, although it came at a time as both the pony and muscle car markets were peaking. Dodge would sell nearly 77,000 of them in the first year, with about 9,000 being the R/T model (Road/Track) when equipped with the 383 V-8. If this R/T had been an SE model, too (which there is no mention of), its company would shrink to 2,500 units. The original Hi-Perf engine should have been rated at 335 hp. For reasons unknown, the 383 was replaced in favor of a 1969-dated and balanced 440 engine with a 6-pack set-up. The 6-pack has also flown the coop, which means the engine carries a single 4-barrel, which would also be superfast. The motor has been fitted with a mild camshaft, full MSD ignition, ceramic coated headers, and stainless-steel exhaust. All those changes are said to have been pulled off about 10 years ago.  Thanks, Challenger Specs, for some background info.

This car has the earmarks of an intended racer, weekend or otherwise. For one, the photos show the car with two sets of wheels, one with wider rear wheels and racing slicks. For the other, the battery has been moved to the trunk and some welding appears to have been done that looks to have eliminated the wheel well for the spare. Perhaps that was done to add more space for a larger gas tank. At any rate, the seller says the Challenger starts up and runs, taking occasional local trips. It’s also said that the suspension and brakes are 50 years old, possibly indicating that both areas need a refresh. The mileage on the odometer reads 67,000.

While the body seems mostly straight, there is evidence of rust in at least both rear quarter panels and the Alpine White paint is asking to be redone. There is an unusual set of blue stripes on the car that don’t match and even appear in the same places on both sides of the car. The interior looks good excepting for the driver’s front seat where all the stuffing in the seat bottom looks to have been chewed or plucked out. The seller has provided a short video of the car which is a help as the photographs don’t capture the whole car for the most part. Folks using cell phones to take pictures really should take landscape photos, not portrait. You get to see a whole lot more than way.


  1. Had Two

    What about that sweet GMC pick-up next to it?

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  2. RobA

    You can see the fender tag in one of the pictures. This car is an original white RT with no vinyl top. This is probably as close as you can come to a Vanishing Point car as possible, minus the 4-speed. One ofthe film cars was even a 383. What is nice is that you won’t have to call it a Vanishing Point clone.

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    • Robbie R.

      When I saw the car, I wondered to myself who would make the first VP reference. Winner! Old guys still rule.

      Like 10
  3. sign guy

    This car is beautiful in white. It’s hard to understand why someone thought they were improving the looks with the blue graphics.

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    • JoeNYWF64

      Could have been a Vanishing Point clone.
      Even the entry level $49 conventional batteries today for old cars are compact in size, more powerful at 525cca, & < 30 lbs – no need for long heavy cable & mounting in the trunk. Plus no more cable corrosion!

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  4. Chuck

    Since it doesn’t have the original engine, a 6.1 or 6.4 3G Hemi would work really nice here.

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  5. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    VP oh yeah.

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  6. Tooyoung4heyday Tooyoung4heyday Member

    Little rough around the edges but definitely a good starting point. Get it for a reasonable price and fix all the wrong….

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  7. Woody

    A white Challenger was on my list,tried to talk with owner but at least he stowed the beautiful big-block in his parents garage,not for sale.Already owned two ‘69 Barracuda fastbacks plus a ‘73 Dart in the mix,but the VP car sat in that two-bay waiting for a drink of “high test” that I would have the pleasure popping open the awesome gas cap.Hearing that Mopar drive into full service Gulf station with the small town lights sparkling on the row of hot-rods waiting for 9’oclock quitting time and cruise to the college town looking for trouble! Has anyone found that fountain of youth,I’m searching for a retirement project?

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