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“Green Go” Mopar: 1971 Dodge Charger R/T

Though the Dodge Charger was a popular Chrysler product in the 1960s and 1970s, the R/T (Road/Track) edition was only around for four years (1968-71). Like the Coronet R/T and Plymouth GTX. it came standard with a 440 cubic inch V8, so the machine was all about flexing its muscles. This ’71 version is a one-owner car that’s largely original, though it wears one older repaint. It’s been a Canadian citizen from the beginning and can still be found in Alberta today. It’s available here on eBay where the current bid is USD 24,884 with a reserve waiting to be cracked.

The Dodge Charger was one of the sales successes of the late 1960s. After a modest start in 1966-67, a redesign of Chrysler’s mid-size cars greatly benefited the Charger and demand was through the roof in 1968 and 1969. The Charger’s collectability today was affected in part by the role the car played in a memorable car chase in the movie Bullitt and the later TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. After a down year in 1970, another redesign sent Charger sales back in the right direction, although demand for the R/T edition was way off (9,509 in 1970 vs. 2,659 in 1971). The muscle car decline of the 1970s had begun.

This ’71 Charger is unusual in that it’s been in the same family since it was first delivered. Though it looks quite good, the paint is older (in the original Hi-Impact color, Green Go) but the interior and drivetrain are from the factory and not restored. Over time, the exhaust system, starter, and carpeting have been replaced, but everything else is 53 years old. Including the N96 Ram Charger hood.

Though the wild Green Go paint is the original hue, the striping is not entirely correct and was painted on rather than applied by decals. So, you’ll have to love them – or not. The vehicle still has its build sheet, so the buyer can verify the authenticity of the automobile. This vehicle should be a blast to drive, with an A727 automatic transmission which has the “Slapstick” shifter. For an auto approaching 100,000 miles, this one looks as good as it gets for a “driver quality” muscle car.

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Nevada1/2rack Member

    There’s a family that appreciated what they have. At $25K US this is a steal for those of us that like these.
    GLWTA!

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    • Avatar photo The Other Chris

      Yeah, but that’s just the current bidding price, not hit reserve yet.

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  2. Avatar photo Melton Mooney

    Before the internet J6 was dang hard to find, and I always wanted a Mopar this color. I tried pretty hard to buy a 71 v code roadrunner in this shade many years ago, but couldn’t make it happen. Mother earth has probably reclaimed that car by now.

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  3. Avatar photo Jeff Bryan

    I want this car how much

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  4. Avatar photo Roland

    I have to wonder what that stock cassette deck does for the value of the car – I have only ever seen two in real life. They were cool and came with a microphone so you could dictate and you could record off the radio as well. The could be ordered with the car or dealer installed.

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    • Avatar photo stillrunners Member

      Not a big amount….I’ve had an extra one for years and have yet to raise eyebrows at the Mopar meets.

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  5. Avatar photo Dan

    Apparently our Canadian friends didn’t know how to apply the stripes and exterior badging of a ’71 Charger because they were applied incorrectly during this car’s restoration. But I do like the fact this has the build sheet and the cool Ram Charger scoop.

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    • Avatar photo stillrunners Member

      It says in the EBAY ad that stripes weren’t available at the time of re-paint so they did the best they could – it says that.

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      • Avatar photo Michael Berkemeier

        Yeah, but all of the emblems are in the wrong places too.

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  6. Avatar photo RKG

    What do you think the reserve is? I’m guessing 40 at least. Of course I could be completely wrong.

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    • Avatar photo Randall

      Goes without saying

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  7. Avatar photo JoeNYWF64

    This seems to have a longer front overhang than a ’69 Ford Taladega!

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