440 Six-Pack: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Update 7/8/19 – After almost a year, this Mopar has resurfaced here on eBay. Hopefully, it finds a new home this time around.

From 10/20/18 – It is probably the dream of every Mopar fan. You open the door of a shed and discover a treasure trove of desirable Mopar muscle hidden away and unknown to exist. The car under this plastic sheet was just 1 of 80 cars that had been hidden away and were discovered and sold as part of a deceased estate. The owner lived next door to the property where the cars were hidden, and he had no idea that they existed until they were unearthed following the original owner’s passing.

This is what was hiding under that plastic sheet. It is a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T that the current owner purchased from the estate. It has been revived but is in unrestored condition. The owner has decided to part with it, and you will find it listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, it is offered for sale with a clear title. Bidding has reached $35,100 at the time of writing, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

Hiding a car under a plastic sheet in a shed is probably not the ideal situation, but it certainly beats leaving it sitting out in the weather to rot. The time under plastic has had some impact on the car, but the frame, torsion boxes and floors are all solid. The owner has fitted a new AMD trunk pan, but this will require final welding and finishing. There is also a small hole in the passenger toe board that will need repairing. Externally the car still wears its original paint and stripes, but here is where we can see the damage that can be caused by years (decades) under a plastic sheet. While the doors and fenders are solid, there is rust around the rear window and around the tail-lights to be addressed. There is also rust in both lower quarter panels, in the hood, and it will also require some repairs to the rockers. The grille has some minor damage, but the rest of the exterior trim is either perfect or could easily be restored.

Apart from new carpet that was fitted by the current owner, the rest of the interior is original. The seller advises that the dash pad has some cracks, the front seats will need new covers, and the headliner will require either restitching or replacing. The only item that doesn’t operate is the clock, but everything else operates exactly as it should.

Looking under the hood could make you go weak at the knees, but this is where a lot of work has been undertaken to bring this Charger back to life. Sitting there is the 440 Six Pack, backed by an 18 spline 4-speed transmission and a Dana 60 axle. The 440 was rebuilt in October of 1975 by a speed shop, and the cost of this is enough to make you cry. A full rebuild cost $1,434.44 according to the invoice. At some stage the engine was then removed from the car and was stored where moisture found its way down the intake, locking the engine solid. The current owner was not to be deterred, and the engine has been stripped, rebored, and fully rebuilt with new TRW pistons and a new Comp Cam. The owner says that the car now runs really strong.

Just think, this car was 1 of 80 that were stored at this property. I wonder what the other 79 were. For fans of Mopar products, it is pretty well the equivalent of striking gold. The owner has spent some time and effort in getting the car back on the street, and now the time has come for someone to take it on and complete the restoration. With the mechanical work completed, that leaves the rust in the body to tackle, along with some minor interior work to return this Charger to its former glory. The Charger R/T 440 Six Pack is currently commanding some healthy money, so it is definitely worth the effort. Looking at this car makes me wonder what my neighbour has hiding at their place.

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Comments

  1. RoughDiamond Member

    Regarding this body style Charger R/T, this is probably the pinnacle for MOPAR enthusiasts other than a Hemi. It seems that so much crap tends to befall MOPARs whether it involves the original engines or body parts or drivetrain parts. This is a perfect example. “When I bought the car, the original 440 was stored in the basement. A water leak dripped water directly down the intake over the years. This motor had less than 4,000 miles on it when it was taken out, but it was locked solid.” At least the Seller found a pristine broadcast sheet.

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  2. stillrunners

    Remember the find and sell off of the cars some years back. Seems there was a roll off truck with some of the finds featured in the sales ads. Old news about some one that flipped them like really fast and made a bunch of money.

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    • Steve A

      People just need to stop paying these ridicules prices!

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  3. Steve R

    Here is finally an early Charger that’s worth a stretch financially. It’s a car with a real documented pedigree, not some rusted hulk base model that was used as a parts car a left in a field to rot for a couple of decades. No matter what happens in the future, cars such as this will command significant prices due to their status as elite Muscle Cars, not some base model whose price was inflated above its true stature.

    Steve R

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  4. James

    What color is that, Go Mango? Looks too orange for Hemi Orange…

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    • glen

      The ad says it’s Go Mango.

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  5. JoeNYWF64

    Is that the wrong air cleaner for this car? Why does it have a rubber seal/gasket at the base of it? I’ve never seen an outside-air-to-the-carb hood for ’68-70 chargers, tho it’s VERY odd one wasn’t offered! I wonder why.

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    • Chris

      That’s mearly the metal base of the air cleaner assembly. There is no rubber seal on this particular six pack set up. When you ordered the fresh air package or more commonly air grabber you’d have the rubber seal. But this is the standard air cleaner for a factory 440 -6. This is a very rare car, there were only 684 V code Chargers built for 1970. With the way this car is optioned it certainly will bring the big money.

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  6. Troy s

    Another one of those cars that looks like it’s going a hundred miles an hour parked. Excellent example of some real muscle.

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  7. Classic Steel

    Oh this is a sweeet ride!

    What model was the Peter Fonda Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry movie?
    I think that was a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440 they left at a flea market.

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    • Troy s

      I believe that was a ’69 as you stated, not sure if those were factory decals and they used several Chargers…at least a few ’66 Impalas as well but that police interceptor always had me guessing.🐒

  8. moosie Craig M. Bryda Member

    Bo & Luke called & they want their car back.

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    • PatrickM

      They ruined sooo many cars in that show. And were offering prime cash for anyone willing to part with their car. Eventually, people caught on and kept their cars because the values started rising considerably.

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  9. Gaspumpchas

    Sure seems unmolested but man is it rotten. up to 40 large, looking at huge resto bill! wonder what the reserve is…might be worth buying if you have the coin. Beautifull example of muscle!! Good luck to the new owner!!!

    Cheers

    GPC

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  10. Mike

    I’ve never been a huge MOPAR fan, but if I ever wanted to buy one, this is what I would want. 440/6pak, 4 gear, in a Charger

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  11. Superdessucke

    $1,434.44 for the engine rebuild in 1975 translates to about $6,650 in today’s dollars.

    The whole selling point of the Six-Pack was that it was a much simpler and easier to work on motor than the Hemi that offered similar power levels.

    I haven’t priced engine rebuilds lately but that seems pretty expensive to rebuild what was essentially, at the time, a standard passenger car motor with a hot cam, better heads, and the six pack intake.

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  12. PatrickM

    Listing ended. Sold for $46,669.69. That’s more than I got.

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    • Vinny

      With a $70000 – $80Minvestment you got a $140-150 thousand dollar car!

      Some rich old fart type with buku bux will scoff right up to match his 2019 HELLCAT

    • brian crowe

      Reserve not met! wow $46669.69

  13. Troy s

    I remember this posting, Still looks like it’s going 100 miles an hour without actually moving! This must’ve been one heck of a blast to drive when leaded high test was available.

  14. JOHN

    I’m not a MOPAR guy, but I always loved the 69 and 70 Chargers, and not much cooler than a 6 Pack 440!

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  15. Matt

    V code mopars are a ripoff. Owners “think they can price them between a 440/4 bbl and a hemi…not so. I owned 2 sixpak cars they are overrated and not worth the extra 20k. Get a loaded 70 r/t charger 440 4bbl like me for 5000$ in 1992. They are a 10k car & feel like 10k. Much like ac 911s a 10k car with 10k of repairs. None of them will give you back 50% in value what you are currently paying for them.

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  16. Karl

    Matt one thing I have gotten used to seeing now days is folks like myself seeing cars selling for way larger amounts of money than I would pay but there always seems to be the people who think it’s worth a lot more than me, it always makes me wonder if they know something I don’t?

  17. Bob McK Member

    All I see is rust under plastic. Too rich for my blood. Good luck to the new owner. With deep pockets it can look better than new again.

  18. Del

    I agree. Too much rust.

    Especially at this price.

    Someone tell the Count about it.

    He needs more write offs on his taxes

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  19. Terry Bowman

    Hope to see it restored and back on the road (car shows) where it belongs, so we all can enjoy

  20. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Auction already over. No sale at a bid of 54K.

  21. TimM

    Beautiful example of mopar power!! This week on BF is one of the best bunch of cars I’ve seen here!! This car is worth every penny!!

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