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Burnt Orange: 1970 Dodge Charger

1970 Dodge Charger 500

This Charger started out life pretty well optioned with a 383 and an automatic, but someone decided that wasn’t quite good enough so they upgraded it with a 440 and a 4 speed! The 383 is a good motor, but the combo of a 440 and a 4 speed is so much more fun. It has some rust issues, but like the seller says, “this is definitely a doable car”. I’ve seen Chargers in worse shape brought back to life and I’m sure there are more than a few Mopar fans that would enjoy this project. If you are said fan and would like to take a closer look, find it here on eBay in St. Louis, Missouri with a current bid of $5,600.

1970 Dodge Charger

Besides having some rust issues, the engine doesn’t currently run. The seller doesn’t mention if the engine turns over or not, but hopefully it’s in decent shape. One of the things I love about Mopars is their versatility. If your engine is broke or you simply want more power, just throw a bigger one in it and go! So do you think this Dodge is worth fixing up or does the none original engine and rust make it a hard sell?


  1. MH

    It’s already past what it’s worth. It looks rather rough. I would say it’s not worth saving. I’d rather buy a nice running and driving one for 25K and be money ahead.

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    • Marty Member

      MH, Respectfully disagree. It’s absolutely worth saving, and the price has climbed $1500 since your comment, and the end still may not be in sight.

      But I do agree, an already finished car is probably a better deal…but then you don’t get to build it -your- way.

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  2. Kevin

    Production numbers of 1970 were the lowest of 2nd Gen Chargers, They were very unique. this one will go to 10K easily. Also they make every part for the 2nd gens now down to the frame rails.

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    • Rspcharger Rspcharger

      Unfortunately Kevin is right, this will go for big money. So glad I got into this hobby 20 years ago and have kept a strong hold of my barn find.

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  3. Chris

    I love old MOPARs, but the prices these things fetch in non-running, junkyard condition will keep me from ever buying one. I understand the allure, I’m just too cheap to jump into the game, I guess.

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    • Chris

      No doubt some Mopars bring big money but the 66-67 barracudas and gtxs are still pretty reasonable. Get one with a 383 or a 318. I have seen a lot of these go for low to mid teens as nice drivers. Chargers are always really expensive.

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  4. Luke Fitzgerald

    when I see cars like this and the Plymouth below, I just feel sick – nothing on earth would make me want them – I’ll take the F series above – and the change

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  5. Glen

    He states it’s a 500, that doesn’t look like a 500.

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    • Rspcharger Rspcharger

      The 500 you are thinking of was for 1969, this is not that homologation model.

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      • Glen

        Thanks. So, in this instance, what does the 500 signify?

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  6. JW454

    Well, in this case, the “500” represented approximately 27.6K production units and the base Charger production being just over 9K units, it may be more advantageous to have a base model. BTW… the R/T production was only 9.5K in 1970 for a total of 46.3K units produced. FWIW.

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  7. stillrunners

    Chris – when was the last time you saw an SS – GT stang or a R/T in a wrecking yard ? They just aren’t there and if they are the owner knows what they can get for them. Re- the Camero guy from a day or two….

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  8. stillrunners

    Chris – not a personal attack….I ran salvage yards for years here in Dallas and still visit my buddies in the business weekly. Last good thing we saved was a 69 AMX roller….which another yard had to dispose of the yard they had for the city. $1500 with out title which was pretty good for us….went to my AMX collector buddy…maybe on the road this fall….

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  9. Willis

    Bud you can drop a new engine in a Chevy or ford. Nothing special about a junk dodge.

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    • DrinkinGasoline

      Oh my…You couldn’t have said anything worse to trash your credibility. “What You talkin’ ’bout Willis ?? LOLOL.

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  10. MeepMeep

    My biggest fear is that it will end up with a Rebel Flag on the roof and 01 on the doors…..sigh.

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