Rebuilt Drivetrain: 1970 Dodge Challenger 340

Chrysler rolled out the new E-body platform in 1970 that would be shared by the Plymouth Barracuda and the new Dodge Challenger. But they rode on different wheelbases and no sheet metal was in common between the two. The Challenger 340 was a beefy little muscle car with a small-block engine that was good for 275 hp. Not as potent as a 440 or Hemi V8, but with less weight and better maneuverability. This first-year edition has a rebuilt drivetrain and a solid body, though the flat black paint has seen better days. Located in San Luis Obispo, California, this Dodge is available here on craigslist and could be a reasonable find for $7,000. This tip comes to us compliments of rex m!

Dodge built nearly 77,000 examples of the new Challenger for 1970, which would turn out to be the car’s best showing over five years. Of that number, just 6,633 would be the Challenger 340, which we assume reflects the seller’s car. It is a real Challenger 340 or a Challenger with a 340 motor? Mechanically the car may be in good shape as the motor was rebuilt 30,000 miles ago as was the TorqueFlite, although we don’t know how recently that happened.

Some upgrades have been made to the hardware of the car, including an Edelbrock 850 4-barrel carburetor and headers with three-inch Flow Master exhaust pipes. The odometer reading is 30,000, but it’s broken so it sounds as though the device has turned over at least once. The photos provided are few, but we don’t see any issues with the body other than a well-used flat black paint job. The seller says the interior is good and the single photo provided tends to support that.

The car is priced lower than you might expect for a Challenger in fair to good shape. Hagerty points to $15-20,000 for that condition, whereas the seller is asking less than half that. Perhaps the car is not as nice as we’ve assumed from the listing and photos. After all, we’re told it was a daily driver project before being listed for sale so maybe the to-do list goes beyond new paint.

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Comments

  1. Cadmanls Member

    Not a Mopar guy but that looks to be a buy. I like it.

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  2. Moparman Member

    Posting deleted by owner.

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  3. Hp440Lisa

    Rebuilt 30,000 miles ago may not be that great depending on how many times it was road hard and put away wet during those miles. The look of it makes me think it was a lot.

  4. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This probably sold in less than an hour.

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