Well Optioned Survivor: 1970 Dodge Charger

This 1070 Dodge Charger is part of a larger collection of vehicles that the seller is letting go of to fund other restoration projects. Said to be a well optioned car with minimal rust and in nearly stock condition, the Charger had one previous owner before the seller who even held onto long after the transmission started giving him issues. Find the Charger here on eBay with bidding over $20K and the reserve unmet.

The seller mentions quite clearly in the listing that he’s set the reserve at $26K. This Charger left the factory with the trunk-mounted luggage rack, power windows/cruise control/steering/brakes, air conditioning, FM radio, woodgrain steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, lighting package, and more. The best part is, the Charger seems to retain these factory options.

The interior is in very good shape, aside from the tearing of seat and armrest upholstery. This is surprising, as the seating surfaces, dash, and door panels all show deep color, not resembling the typical sun-damaged interiors that might see similar levels of rips and tears. I’m guessing just regular use and the passage of time caused the surfaces to deteriorate like this.

The engine is a numbers-matching 383 with dual exhaust. The seller notes the automatic transmission giving the previous owner issues is what caused it to be parked in the first place, but doesn’t elaborate as to how severe they are. The Charger does still spin over, and “ran when parked” – but like so many other sellers, this one is letting the next owner sort it out.

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Comments

  1. TimS Member

    The flipper probably told the elderly owner that no one would want it because it didn’t have a Hemi, plus had “too many extra options,” then paid him about what it cost to have it shipped to wherever it is.

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    • Steve

      No Tom, he’s Junkerup on YouTube, check him out and learn.

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      • NovaTom

        The guy is not afraid of a project! Wears me out just watching his videos

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  2. Steve

    I meant TimS

  3. CapNemo CapNemo Member

    Doesn’t mention how severe the transmission problems are? Obviously severe enough to park the car. Most likely would be just fine with a transmission overhaul.

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    • Gaspumpchas

      Yea Cap Nemo that’s a good tranny and will be fine with an overhaul as you said. Wonder what all that extra wiring under the hood is?? You are trying to get big $$ for the car, clean it up. Good luck to the new owner!!

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  4. Josh Tuin

    I’m curious about the 67 R/T in the background…

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    • Mike

      I saw that also as I have a 67 R/T hemi 4 speed red with black top. Thought mine was missing at first glance.

  5. Will Fox

    Fairly loaded for a Charger with desirable options, plus the deck lid rack you don’t see that often. Even though it’s a 383, you probably have a Charger worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $60K-$65K once restored. Not ALL `70 Chargers were 440’s or Hemi’s, and people have to realize that fact. The write-up didn’t say, but I’m guessing this to be an SE, rather than an R/T? Beautiful factory color combo that I would restore it to exactly. Wish I had the sheckles for it. Bet it’s gone by this weekend, if not today.

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    • Nick

      If it’s got a 383 it’s not an R/T, plain and simple. The minimum engine in an R/T was a 440 Magnum and it only went up from there. It looks like a Charger SE. An SE was a package added to a 500 or R/T. I don’t see 500 script in the grille which should be there if it was a well optioned 500, that non distinct emblem next to Charger in the grille is what an SE had.
      http://www.hamtramck-historical.com/vintageAdvertising/_1970DodgeMaterialBrochure-01.shtml?load_img=4

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      • Zcharger

        It seems a bit confusing. It has the trim panel of a 500 or R/T, but no 500 emblem in the grille cant see tail panel well enough for that emblem. If it were a SE it would have woodgrain dash and door panels along with emblems on the roof. Looks to be a well optioned big block 500. My current car was originally a pretty well optioned 383 500, which was very common middle ground that year. Mine was even painted high impact Top Banana paint but only a 2 barrel. Interesting combos from the order forms those days.

  6. Ken Carney

    Hi Capnemo!. Before you open the tranny,
    check the vacuum line running from the
    carb to the left side of the tranny for splits or pinholes. If that doesn’t work,
    replace the modulator valve that’s connected to the aforementioned vacuum line. Keep a sharp eye out
    for splits or pinholes in the steel tranny
    lines as well. For our younger readers,
    this was how an automatic transmission
    shifted gears before computers and shift
    solenoids. The 727 Torqueflite was a
    very strong and beefy gearbox to begin
    with so that’s where I’d start my trouble
    shooting for the tranny. But we’ll leave
    that for the next owner won’t we.

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    • CapNemo CapNemo Member

      Yessir, remember those well!! Cheers to ya!!

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    • Nick

      MOPARs have the linkage that knows throttle position, no vacuum line or modulator.

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  7. moosie moosie Member

    I guess the seller cant make up his mind as to what is wrong with that 1/4 panel, first he says it was damaged in a minor fender bender along with the lower rear valence then he says if it doesn’t sell this time he will fix the rust in the lower 1/4 panel ? yep, no vacuum modulator in these torqueflite trans. my sister was on her way home to N.Y. from New Mexico for easter/spring break from college in her ’73 dodge van when somewhere in Oklahoma she experienced problems with how it was running so she got off the interstate found a repair shop and the mechanic there took it for a test drive , came back and told her it was the vacuum modulator that was bad but more then likely it would make it to N.Y. so off she goes and makes the rest of the trip without any problems, i check it out and its kinda chugging down the road, the dam thing needed a valve job , turns out it had 3 burnt valves.

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  8. TimM

    Nice ride!! Hopefully the prices on these will drop soon!!

  9. stillrunners

    Options and color choice you don’t see often,,,,,did they have the 500 option in 1970 ?

    • glhs0075

      They did, but it wasn’t a performance option like in 1969. It was a higher comfort level trim package. In line with the Coronet 500, Polara 500, etc…

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