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More Solid Than It Looks: 1973 Dodge Challenger


This 1973 Dodge Challenger is being offered at no reserve with a 99 cent starting bid, so those of you that typically complain about price gouging can’t complain about this auction! It’s listed for sale here on eBay and is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Believe it or not, it’s more solid than it looks!


While there are spots of surface rust over most of the surface of the car, there are also large areas where the body looks pretty darned good. It also looks pretty straight. It’s certainly has some work done before and you’ll have to watch for filler of course, but it certainly could be either redone, or if you like this look just leave it alone.


Here’s what I mean about it looking better than you’d think. Yes, there’s some corrosion on the floor, but it certainly looks solid enough to patch locally, if that’s even needed once it’s cleaned up.


The lower quarter in front of the tire looks like someone has already repaired it once, although I can’t tell how well it was done. But even in the fender lip, there’s enough metal in that quarter that if you wanted to you could patch it rather than replace it, you could. I think the ideal buyer for this car would be an enthusiast that has more time than money, and isn’t an originality enthusiast.


There’s not that much left of the interior, but at least you have something to reupholster. Again, if originality isn’t critical, it might even be less expensive to put other seats in.


Given the amount of surface rust here, I’ll bet this has been blasted once already. Time for it to be done again, though. The seller speaks of a 360 V8 and a 727 transmission that they are willing to sell with it, but unless it was a screaming deal I’d be looking for a drive train around home. In this case, perhaps a late model Hemi? What would you do?


  1. Pete

    I wonder what’s up with that Charger

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  2. Dan

    Pete the Charger is on E-Bay too, check the sellers “other” items…

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  3. motoring mo

    Check bid history of the seller
    Beware of shill bidders

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  4. Fred W.

    It does look like there would be something left after media blasting. Look at it as a body shell.

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  5. Prowler

    Wrong year…not worth it

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  6. Ck

    I had a 73 it was my first car. I absolutely loved it ,yaa its not as desirable as a 70- 72 but who can aford one of those. This 73 has the look but it would a cost a small fortune to do .I think the yellow one from back in August was a better deal.This one needs to much of everything.

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  7. Chris

    If the price doesn’t get stupid, this could be a fun car to do whatever you wanted and not worry about keeping it correct. Want a drag car? Check. Modified hot rod as a father/son (or daughter-girls wrench too!)? Check. Got a neighbor that you want to irritate… You get the idea. My guess is this will end up going for more than I would be willing to spend ($1500 or so).

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