Assembly Required: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

The earlier Dodge Chargers were in a niche all by themselves. They were sporty mid-size cars, too big to be thought of as “pony cars” and not fancy enough to be personal luxury vehicles. But when you ordered one as an R/T (short for Road/Track), the Charger could become a muscle car. This 1970 Charger looks like a faded survivor in most of the photos, but it was taken apart years ago for a restoration that never happened. So today, much of the car is in boxes and sitting on shelves. Located in Ronkonkoma, New York, this Dodge needs someone to finish what was started a decade ago. Here on eBay, all the collective pieces can be had for $65,000 or you can make an offer.

First-generation (1966 to 67) Chargers didn’t sell well as the car was still trying to find its way. But when Chrysler redesigned all their B-body intermediates in 1968, the car finally took off. Sales ballooned to 96,000 units that year, thanks to help from the exposure the nameplate got in car chase movies like Bullitt. As the generation wore on, sales cooled a little, but 50,000 copies rolled out the door in 1970, and 10,000 of those were R/T editions.

When the seller bought this 1970 Charger R/T about 10 years ago, it was completely original. So, factory-like that it may have still had its first battery at 46,000 miles. And with the 440 cubic inch big-block V8 and automatic transmission, it was (and still is) numbers matching. The restoration began with the local body shop welding in a new trunk pan (so there was rust). Then the seller took the car home and began taking it apart, piece by piece, labeling things and putting things into storage containers.

That’s when things come to a screeching halt. The seller went off to college and a decade later the shell and all its components still sit in the garage, waiting for some action to begin again. So, the photos provided depict the Dodge before it was disassembled and how it stands today in organized storage. The dismantling process was detailed with photos and, supposedly, they will come with the auto when it changes hands. That would help a lot.

We’re told everything is there to complete what once was started. Except for the driver’s side window which was broken during the take-apart. Due to undercoating, a huge plus in the Northeast, the undercarriage of the Charger is said to be rust-free (yet a new trunk pan was needed?). If you’ve put cars together from scratch, this should be a doable project if everything is documented as we’re told. As such, you’ve been saved the trouble of breaking it all down if a body-off restoration is what you would have set out to do.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Except for the asking price this looks like a good car to rebuild. Don’t have a proper price to offer but it’s way down from what’s on the for sale ad.

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  2. Michael Berkemeier

    Too bad he took it apart. Would be worth more if it was still together. It was a nice car…what a fool.

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  3. Robert White

    It might be worth $25k, but it ain’t worth $65k U$D. I took my 1966 Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe apart & restored it when I was going through university for my B.A. Honours in Experimental Psychology. Sold it restored the very year I graduated.

    No way in heck I’d pay $65k U$D for an unrestored completely disassembled Charger.

    The 68 is my choice.

    Nice car, but!

    Selling the car won’t pay for Student Loans either.


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  4. Moparman Member

    Perhaps he “inhaled” too much while at school; $65K for this is definitely a “pipe” dream! :-)

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  5. John Mangum

    Way overpriced. Gonna dump another 40 in it. Better project for less money

    Like 11
  6. Allen L

    Optioned like a White Hat special.

  7. George Birth

    Another High hope/ dream / expectations!

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  8. Dave Lewandoski

    $65K better be show condition assembled and ready to drive for that.

    Like 6
  9. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Put it back together and go pick up Arnie on the way to first day of school.

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  10. Emel

    Is this like putting a lego car together or building a model car.
    My model cars always showed some glue. I could be better now though.

  11. Emel

    There’s a ’71 Charger R/T on ebay for the same price…..also a 440 and the ’71 body style is superior imo to the 1970. Looks to be in prime condition with a few more miles…..but it doesn’t need assembled ! lol
    Not that I’m gonna buy either one. Maybe after the economy crashes !

  12. george mattar

    A Barrett Jackson dreamer. Some guys that want these cars are now fat, bald, out of shape and can’t even get in a car without their handicapped placard. I too prefer 68 and 69. Front bumper too big on 70.

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