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No Reserve: 1971 Dodge Charger R/T

This 1971 Dodge Charger R/T has all the hallmarks of being a junkyard rescue, a habit I’ve personally picked up over the last several years. Good cars thrown away too early, or even better, good and valuable cars that are simply waiting for a second chance at life. This Charger is a very nicely optioned example and it even retains its original numbers-matching 440, making it a prime candidate for restoration. There is rust but it’s not impossible to fix. Find the Charger here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $5K and the reserve unmet.

The original colors still poke through in places, and what a pretty car this must have been: Sherwood Green over a black bucket seat interior. What I love to see on cars like this are the remnants of its past, and the Sherwood Green paint that’s beneath the cheap orange re-spray has got to inspire more than a few people to strip back those layers and see if the original finish can be preserved. Impressively, factory badging remains with the car even with the repaint.

This is very much a “what you see is what you get” car, and the interior is mostly gone. This is another sign of the Charger spending much of the recent past in a salvage yard, likely giving up its bucket seats, console, steering wheel, door panels, window glass and more as its fate seemed sealed as a parts car. There’s also no title, another indication of a salvage past, but that’s not a big deal for folks like me who live in no-title states for older vehicles.

The seller notes the engine and transmission are original to the car, and that the cowl number, radiator support, fender tag, dash VIN, and door VIN all match. That’s downright amazing for a presumed junkyard car, but that’s also what I found with my junkyard rescue 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth – a surprisingly complete car despite being relegated to the salvage pile. Do you think this Charger R/T deserves to live again?


  1. Avatar photo karl

    The owner state he’s had this car for 10 years – I believe he finally got all the parts off of it that he needed .

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  2. Avatar photo Shermantator

    I’m confused on the “No Reserve” part of the headline when that doesn’t seem to be the case (disputed in the article and on the eBay page).

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  3. Avatar photo Steve R

    Is the guy from graveyard cars the seller, it’s located in the same city as his shop.

    Like 11
  4. Avatar photo Del

    Good one Karl 😁😂🤣

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  5. Avatar photo Gaspumpchas

    Stilll a parts car and there’s no pics of the lower parts of the car- underside, quarters, etc. Hopefully someone can use it–hard to tell with the lousy pics. Good luck to the new owner. Depending on what state the buyer is, no title might be a problem.

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  6. Avatar photo don

    I’m sure the only reason the “numbers matching” engine is still in there is because its either seized or has a massive hole in the block somewhere , otherwise , why wasn’t that pulled with every other part that’s missing on this car ? I mean even things like the door catches ,wiper motor, hood hinges , and windshield trim are missing and not the engine ? The only reason the yellow hood is there is because someone drilled hood pins through it .

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  7. Avatar photo R Soul

    Good call Steve R, you can see the same shop in the background of this pic. If they left the numbers matching 440 in there… It’s toast.

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    • Avatar photo Brad lindsay

      Yes its Tool bag Mark

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  8. Avatar photo R Soul

    There’s the car at the back of Worman’s yard.

    Like 16
  9. Avatar photo KevinLee

    If you look at the eBay ad, there is Mark Worman’s goofy,grinning face at the bottom. So yeah, it’s a Graveyard cars scrapper.

    Like 8
  10. Avatar photo Chuck

    Strip off the Orange paint and salvage the original factory green. That would be an amazing accomplishment.

    Like 9
  11. Avatar photo Sandy Claws

    Only a fool would pay five large for this. Mr W, you are a crook, and a crummy dancer too. I know, why don’t you gift it to one of your lazy children and let them bring it back to its former glory.

    Like 5
  12. Avatar photo PRA4SNW

    Someone gave $3500 for it.

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  13. Avatar photo Arthur

    Too bad I was in no position to buy this Charger. It would have made a good G-Machine, especially with a custom chassis and a Hellcat engine.

    Like 0

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