Major Roller Project: 1970 Dodge Charger

Other than the Plymouth Road Runner, Chrysler’s next most popular car in the 1960s was probably the Dodge Charger. Interest in the car started slowly, but by the B-body intermediate redesign of 1968-70, sales of the Dodge Charger were almost on fire. This 1970 edition is in rough shape, missing its drivetrain, front clip, and interior. But the level of bidding suggests other people see more promise in the future of this Mopar than I do. Located in North Las Vegas, Nevada, this Dodge is available here on eBay where 29 bids have raised the ante to $7,700 and counting.

The first generation of the Charger found 53,000 buyers in 1966-67. But for the next cycle of the automobile (1968-70), production jumped to 225,000 units. With its sporty good lucks and performance capabilities, the Charger would be (and continues to be) a part of the Chrysler portfolio for many years. We don’t know what sad state of events led this 1970 Charger to the state that it’s in today. It was likely in an accident that messed up the front end, and from that point on parts and pieces began to disappear while whatever was left started to rust.

This Charger left the factory with B5 blue paint and a black interior. It had a common list of appointments which included a 2-barrel 383 cubic inch V8, TorqueFlite automatic transmission, factory air conditioning, and power steering. But all of that is gone now, including most everything important from the cowl forward.

We’re told that the restoration will include replacing all that plus fixing the floorboards, trunk pan, rear quarters, and doing some patchwork around the tunnel-shaped back glass. Given what’s missing and the condition of what’s not, it’s hard to envision this as a viable parts or donor car. So, buying this machine to restore is the only answer besides not doing so and walking away. A big budget and a lot of time will be required for the Dodge to venture forth on the highways and byways again.


  1. Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen Member


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  2. Melton Mooney

    Always thought the L code 383-2V was a dumb offering. Still, it looks like about $15K worth of ex-Charger to me.

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    • Larry D

      @Melton Mooney
      Just as I always thought of the late ’60s Chevrolet 2-barrel 396 Big Block with a whopping 265 HP!!! Whoooo weeeee!

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  3. DA

    More pictures on eBay didn’t help. Just walk away, Renee.

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  4. DON

    Obviously this was a parts car for someone at one time , or a very picked over junkyard escapee . Being in Nevada, it seems to have survived fairly well, the floor, trunk pans and the under car shots look really solid…but that’s it. Its going to need nearly everything else, so all it is right now is a $7,800 rolling shell of a desirable car . If this was a 70 Coronet in the same shape the bidding would be around $1500

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  5. gaspumpchas

    Picked over like a turkey carcass after thanksgiving. Most of the bids so far are suspect. Good luck. Not even a parts car. Bet the mags dont go with it.

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  6. Craig Walker

    Seller is a stand up guy, Chris birdsong

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  7. dogwater

    I laugh when they say owned for 1 year found out how much it would cost to restore .

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  8. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Shill bidding AND clone Cragar S/S wheels. What more could one ask for?

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  9. Emel

    If they ever do a redux of Planes, Trains & Automobiles….this could play the Chrysler LeBaron part that catches on fire on the freeway.

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  10. Jimbosidecar

    So, that’s what happened to the Charger in Bullit (with a respray)

  11. George Mattar

    If you need parts to restore a Charger, Chris is your guy. He does amazing body work.

  12. George Birth

    Perfect leaveitright auto. Best thing to do with this one is leave it right where it’s at.

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