Genuine Survivor: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

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We are no strangers to the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, and we have recently seen a few of these classics cross our desks at Barn Finds. They typically fall into two categories. Some are project candidates, while others are meticulously restored. Our feature T/A is a different beast because it is a completely unmolested turnkey survivor with a mountain of documentation. It isn’t perfect, but its lack of significant issues will leave the new owner to choose between preservation or restoration. It is worth looking closer to decide whether you might pursue it further and what you would do if it finds its way into your garage.

Dodge introduced the Challenger T/A as a homologation special for the highly competitive Trans Am Series. Roadgoing vehicles received distinctive features like the fiberglass hood with an enormous scoop, spoilers, side-exit exhaust, and distinctive stripes. Our feature car retains most of these components, although the photos suggest the front spoiler may be AWOL. The first owner ordered the vehicle in Code Y1 Bright Yellow with a Black vinyl top. It presents well at first glance, but scrutinizing the supplied images reveals the minor scratches and marks the seller admits this car carries. There are no horrendous problems, and with rust confined to a small and repairable area in the trunk pan center, preservation is a viable option. The glass is in good condition for its age, and there are no trim issues. The T/A rolls on its original Rallye wheels, wrapped in tires from the folks at BF Goodrich.

Dodge created the Challenger T/A as its contender for the Trans Am Series. However, it didn’t have a suitable engine within its existing range that would produce the required power. It reduced the capacity of the existing 340ci V8 to fit within the 5.0-liter class, placing it head-to-head with the Mustang Boss 302 and Camaro Z28. However, roadgoing examples received the production 340, equipped with the wonderful Six-Pack induction system. Buyers could team the 340 with the three-speed A-727 TorqueFlite transmission found in this car. The first owner also selected a 3.55 Sure Grip rear end and power assistance for the steering and front disc brakes. The engine produces 290hp and 345 ft/lbs of torque, allowing the T/A to clock a sub-15-second ¼-mile ET effortlessly. There is so much good news for potential buyers it is almost impossible to know where to start. The seller treated the engine to a professional rebuild, including a 0.030″ overbore and new TRW pistons. They upgraded the camshaft and added a roller timing chain, new oil pump, new valves, hardened seats, and balanced the engine to maximize performance. The brakes, suspension, and power steering systems have all been professionally rebuilt, meaning this numbers-matching classic drives as beautifully today as it did when it rolled off the lot. Those passionate about paperwork will be particularly impressed, because the sale includes original Broadcast Sheets, Warranty paperwork, the original Sales Contract, and enough additional documentation to fill three ring binders.

This Challenger’s interior carries the hallmarks of a car treated respectfully. The carpet might be slightly faded, but the lack of wear means it isn’t a candidate for replacement. The Black vinyl trim is almost perfect, with no evidence of damage or abuse. There are no cracks from UV exposure and no aftermarket additions. The console is in good order, and the splashes of faux woodgrain are a classy touch. It isn’t loaded with optional equipment, but the new owner will appreciate the Rallye gauges, factory tachometer, rim-blow wheel, and the AM/FM stereo radio with the optional rear speaker. The seller admits the radio only functions intermittently, but that is the only issue worth noting.

Dodge produced 2,399 examples of the 1970 Challenger T/A, and it appears that a surprising number remain in active service. The seller listed this one here on eBay in Yucaipa, California. Seven bids have pushed the price to $52,700, which is below the reserve. Recent sales results suggest it must be close to hitting the reserve and may only require a slight push to get over the line. That poses the question of its future should that occur. It will be fascinating to gauge whether you believe the new owner will preserve or restore this classic. So, over to you.

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  1. Jay E.Member

    Probably a better investment than a CD. Beautiful car, well cared for, not many like this anymore.

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  2. PL

    Just beautiful. Congratulations to the new owner. Drive and enjoy, but keep it as you find it. You’re only a caretaker.

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  3. Stan

    Lovely car. These 340 T/A and AARs seem they should be a mandatory 4sp for some reason.

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  4. Phil D

    This color was known as Top Banana on Dodges and Lemon Twist on Plymouths.

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  5. Greg G

    BF where are you guys finding these beautiful TA Challengers? This is the 3rd one in the last 30 days. Are these owners getting bored with their cars? If I owned one it would be iny garage when I died. I’d have to be mighty desperate to part with something so gorgeous. But things happen l guess that you can’t control sometimes or maybe you might just want a change. I’m guilty of letting some gorgeous time pieces go myself. But I was a stupid youngster when I did it .

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  6. Greg G

    I wonder what would a Bloomington Gold restoration of this one add to its value? For some reason I can’t stop visiting this car. Certain Mopar cars just do something to me

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNWMember

      Is Bloomington Gold a thing with Mopars? I’ve only heard it in reference to Corvettes.

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNWMember

    Last week’s T/A – red 4 speed with similar miles – sold for 115K.
    It will be interesting to see how this yellow auto w/ vinyl top does in comparison.

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  8. Greg G

    There was a gorgeous blue with a white vinyl top and interior advertise on May 1st .

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  9. Greg G

    Correction that TA advertised was Plum Crazy and it was gorgeous.

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