Original Big-Block: 1970 Dodge Charger 383

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As a starting point for a restoration project, this 1970 Dodge Charger looks like quite a good prospect. It has a lot of points in its favor, and once restored, it would be a very nice and desirable car. What makes this Charger even more desirable is the fact that it is being sold in a No Reserve auction. Located in Brooklyn, New York, you will find the Charger listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has been quite lively and has pushed the price up to $16,800 at the time of writing, so this Charger is only days away from finding a new home.

Apart from the driver’s side fender, all of the metal in the Charger is original. Don’t be fooled by the rough and ready presentation of the Charger, because this is a really solid vehicle. The majority of the original green paint is present, although the dark green vinyl top has been removed. There is some rust in the trunk floor, a spot under the brake pedal, and a bit appearing under the rear window trim. Other than that, she’s absolutely rock solid. There are plenty of photos of the underside of the car, and they back these claims. You look at the doors, the rockers, and the rear quarters, and they all look solid as well.

There’s no doubt that the interior will also require a fair amount of restoration, but the basics are there for all to see. The radio is missing, but decoding the tag reveals the fact that the original owner ticked some pretty good options boxes on this Charger. You got the factory radio, bucket seats, tinted glass, a floor console with a wood-grain panel, air conditioning, remote left-hand external mirror, and 3-speed wipers. It appears that everything is preset, and just awaiting someone to bring it back to life.


The news just keeps getting better with the Charger. This is a full, numbers-matching car. Hiding under the hood is the original 383 4-bbl engine, pumping out a respectable 330hp. Hooked to that are the original A-727 transmission and the original rear end. The car’s original owner also thought to tick the boxes next to power steering and power brakes. The owner says that the car starts right up and runs well. While he doesn’t provide any photos of the engine, the YouTube video above features the car’s engine running, and it really does sound nice.

The fact that this 1970 Charger is a largely rust-free, numbers-matching car, definitely explains the enthusiasm that has been displayed by bidders at this point. It is a car that requires a fair amount of restoration, but when you are starting from a point like this, it really doesn’t appear to be that daunting. To get an idea of the potential that is locked away in this car, I have found a 1970 Charger 383 that is not only equipped the same as this one but is even finished in the same color combination. It sold for a cool $52,000. Anyone care to bid on this one?

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  1. Sandy Claws

    For what this will eventually cost I could take the wife on an around the world tour. Which of the two would be better for my marriage? Which would leave me with more memmories? Which would expand my brain and my soul? Which would leave me with a greater understanding of the world around me? Oh heck with all of that, gots to go for the dented Dodge!!!!!!

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  2. Joe Machado

    Too many numbers in the last six. Might be an extra 4.
    Quit reminding ne that I used to part out nice running RT’s.
    The term big block?
    383 is a B block. So is the 1958 350.
    361 and 400 are also B engines.
    R B engines are 1959-60 383’s. 413, 426 wedge and the 440.
    A engines were 318 polys. Also, various assorted cubes of polys.
    L A engines are 318, startig in1967, and 349, with the last being the 360.
    Just got home from Mecum auction in Phoenix and am leepy. Nite nite

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    • Chris

      Hey fellas “Cool Joe Machado” is back!!! Let’s gather around and listen to his cool stories and live vicariously through him. He’s kind of big deal so best pay close attention!
      BTW, Mr. Joe, I’ve always understood that a 349 cubic inch was never a factory released displacement on the L.A. series. It’s a custom stroker combination of a 3.58 crank in a 318. But I bet you’ve owned a few of those huh?

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    • stillrunners

      Yep….don’t get us started on Poly’s…..but don’t forget the first LA….that little pesky 273 – new in 1964 !

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  3. Butch

    Must have been a bar hopper in it’s day. Not many straight panels left.

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  4. UK Paul 🇬🇧

    I like this. Great spec and colour.

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  5. Gaspumpchas

    HMM almost 17 large now. Good body man could slap a new quarter on it. Good luck to the new owner!! Seller seems honest.


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  6. PRA4SNW

    I know that a lot of you here have a low opinion of the newer (2 too many doors) Chargers, but I love my 2013. I commute almost 100 miles daily, and it has been a very comfortable, reliable ride with enough performance to satisfy.

    Why I bring it up is that its nice that they’ve included the lines of the ’70 into the newer models. They are subtle, but really shows the heritage behind the model.

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      I love my 2014 Charger, Bought it new, would never sell it. Love it almost as much as my 66!

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      • PRA4SNW

        TCOPPS – Yours looks a lot like mine,. I got the Blacktop edition and tinted the side windows. I would post a pic but I’m at work right now.

        Oh, and if I ever get a classic Charger, it’s going to be a ’66.

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  7. Gaspumpchas

    PRA4NW, the new charger is very cool. I was one at SEMA that was converted to 2 door. Absolutely flawless, couldn’t tell it was ever a 4 door. In my infinite wisdom I failed to take a pic of it, will try at SEMA 2019. I know the police version of these cars had a lot of transmission issues with the first ones; hopefully they fixed it to facilitate Smoking the hides. I saw a new challenger a while back, pulled over for speeding–2 grinning grayhair guys in the car. Oh yeah!! Kudos to Mopar for making these!


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    • PRA4SNW

      Gaspumpchas: Yes, I would love to see it as a 2 door. They would be unlikely to build it because of the Challenger, but the design would be cool to see.

      Mine has the 8 speed ZF auto that Dodge got as a part of their partnership with Mercedes. The model I have – Blacktop – came with a Sport shift mode that holds the gears longer and paddle shifters. I got the V6 because of my commute (never will complain about 27 mpg in a big car) but it can still smoke the tires.

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      • TCOPPS TCOPPSMember

        PRA4SNW-I have the SXT Package, 8 speed & V6, and routinely average 23-30 MPG and that’s with hard driving. I do not have the paddle shifters which is not ideal, but ZAutomotive has a few products that do allow for Line Lock, Select shift (using the steering wheel controls), and SRT Page access.

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  8. Steve

    Looks Solid. A good bodyman could fix that rear quarter with a minimum of bog.

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  9. PRA4SNW

    TCOPPS: That’s cool, I didn’t know that those types of things were available. The Blacktop is just an add-on package to the SXT, so basically the same car. I don’t use the paddles much, but the Sport mode adds a lot of performance feel by holding the shifts and locking out the higher gears.

    Here’s a picture of mine. Wish it looked that right now. Damn New England winters.

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      Beauty! Thanks for sharing. I keep mine in the garage for the winter months. mines RWD, but I’ve heard the AWD is great for these in the snow tho.

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      • PRA4SNW

        AWD was kind of new in 2013. I would love to have it, but they didn’t offer the Blacktop package on the AWD model then. And that was the most important thing to me back then. Now, I’d probably get it.

        I’ve done okay with the 18″ snows on the cop wheels and dog dish hubcaps, but take the Sport Trac if it gets really bad.

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    • leiniedude leiniedudeMember

      Nice ride Dennis! That thing is going to spoil you!

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      • PRA4SNW

        Thanks Mike! I’ve had it 5 years, which is a long time for me, I usually get bored, but I can’t think of any other car I would want to spend my money on.

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  10. stillrunners

    Not sure on the pricing there is just a World Wide interest in these Chargers thanks to the Duke boys and Daisy…..also for a lot that didn’t make it to this century .

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