Worth Restoring? 1970 Dodge Charger

Well, I asked the question in the title and I’m inclined to say no. But let’s not be hasty and take a closer look at this 1970 Dodge Charger, located in New Paris, Pennsylvania and available here on eBay for $3,250 – twelve bids tendered so far.

Dodge Chargers are popular here on Barn Finds and we are all familiar with the draw of the ’68 to ’70 models. Even in ratty shape, they command strong prices. And this has been the case for many years, it’s not a new phenomenon. This particular example is a bit different because it is debatable as to whether it is a’70 Charger or a collection of ’70 Charger parts. You really have to wonder how such a collectible car ended up in such a deleterious condition.

It’s important to recognize the positive qualities of a classic car that is available for sale. I’m not finding too many in this case. This Charger has a 318 CI “LA” V8 engine but it clearly hasn’t run in a long time; it’s missing a whole lot of parts. It also has an A904 three-speed automatic transmission but I have no reason to believe that it is in any better shape than the engine.

There is no interior. There is a view through the missing windshield and the floor-mounted gear selector appears to still be there but that’s about it. The seller tells us that this Charger is very rough, needs floors, among other things, so there’s not much to work with inside.

Underneath, the seller adds that this Dodge needs rails, front and rear, and quarters. I’ll add to the list, it needs fenders, a rear valance, a trunk lid, rocker panels and probably a hood. And that’s just the observable stuff. This Charger’s listing is very short on description but pretty comprehensive with images. There is very little here with which to work. This Dodge actually looks like it was used as a parts car and this is what’s left, not much beyond a rotted-out shell with a questionable engine.

I like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt but I’m not seeing anything here other than doubts. The current bid is actually pretty respectable considering that if you parked this Charger in front of your house on trash day it would probably get hooked with the other debris. And the seller may be doing really well at this current bid level which could rise in the remaining auction time – the lure of late ‘60’s-early ‘70’s Mopar is working its magic on what appears to be a complete hulk. Short of a few parts, and there aren’t too many, I’m seeing scrap value for this once proud Dodge. How about you, am I missing something?

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Comments

  1. IkeyHeyman

    I see something like this and it sends a shiver down my spine, but I’ve been reading Barn Finds long enough to realize how often for cars in this condition somebody will say “I’ve fixed worse” or “I’d like to take it on but I have too many projects already”. It’s now bid up to over $7000 with a day remaining in the auction. Never ceases to amaze me.

    Like 13
    • Mountainwoodie

      Maybe they need to change the town where its located to New Parts, Pennsylvania. They sure don’t have much in the way of old parts.

      Like 1
  2. benjy58

    Who bids on this?. Is it the same person that bids on wrecked exotics. I can see it now . “Honey look what I bought”. Next thing gunshots ring out and he falls to the floor mortally wounded. She drags him to the car and has it towed to the crusher, gives the wrecking yard guy a few bucks to ignore the whimpering coming from the car a good day for her.

    Like 21
  3. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    I’m there with you, Ikeyheyman-someone’s bidding almost $7100 to take this environmental science project out of the sellers yard.
    Wow.
    Has anyone here ever seen a completed restoration after someone started with something this far gone?

    Like 5
  4. 8banger Dave Mika Member

    no

    Like 8
  5. Chevy Guy

    General Lee?

    Like 2
    • Dusty Rider

      It wouldn’t be too hard to make it look like a General Lee….AFTER the jump, that is.

      Like 13
      • Chevy Guy

        🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • seth karpen

      general lee is why the price is so high. the show crashed so many that few were left

      Like 1
      • Dave

        they crashed less than 300 of the tens of thousands made. but this is an over priced parts car

        Like 1
  6. Pookie Jamie

    Mark Worman!!!! Come get this POS!!

    Like 6
  7. Don Diego

    Edited ad…For Sale …VIN tag Original paint 7K$

    Like 2
  8. mark r westphal

    Might as well burn $7000, you’ll get the same return on it

    Like 3
    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      You think they’ll quit at $7K? Bet they put a lot more than that into it before realizing it’s a money pit with no way out.

      Like 2
      • Superdessucke

        Definitely, considering the bidding is now over 7k!

      • mark r westphal

        Bidding ended at $7099, but he has another filler cap for $45 but no title

  9. bobhess bobhess Member

    The “you’ve got to be kidding award of the day” award.

    Like 12
  10. Angel Member

    There used to be an @$$ for every seat. Now theres one for every hole where the seat once was.

    Like 8
  11. Gaspumpchas

    Hmm one feedback. SMFH.

    Anyhoo
    Cheers
    GPC

    Like 2
  12. Maverick

    Scrap . Not even a partsmall bin.

    Like 2
  13. Arthell64 Member

    Hard to believe these are real bids.

    Like 3
    • Gaspumpchas

      Arthell yep there’s so much crap going on they might be shill or buddy bids. If so the seller will have to deal with.I’m with you, I don’t get it either.
      Cheers
      GPC

      Like 2
      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        I think it’s the d@mn North Koreans trying to jack up our economy with computer driven economics….😱🤣
        Seriously, there is no apparent logic to the bids for this Pile of Sheet metal-so you’re most likely correct, gaspumpchas. Someone is artificially driving up the bids to benefit the seller.
        MOPARMAN, that’s a really sweet looking Charger!

  14. Moparman Member

    My head is hurting from trying to look at the pictures in the ebay posting…but, someone must really be desperate for a 70 Charger; the bids already exceed 3/4 of the amount that I paid for my running and driving one, w/ an almost immaculate interior!

    Like 15
    • JoeNYWF64

      Either that’s a ’68-9 passenger door, or the silly ’70 only big door “scoop” was removed. Whitewalls look ok with no cap steelies. Even the body side molding looks fine.

      • Moparman Member

        @ Joe: No, it’s a 70 Charger 500; This is how it looks now.

      • SDJames

        the ’70 only big door “scoop” is an R/T option only. Regular ’70s had the same door as the ’68 and ’69.

    • PatrickM

      Nice unit.

      Like 1
  15. Stangalang

    Lol..lol..lol omg..🤣🤪 maybe the bidders are playing a joke on the seller. But seriously though lmao never mind..I just don’t know man..can’t blame the seller if someone might pay for this POS..

  16. John Traylor

    yuck

  17. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    I have a pile of scrap metal out behind the shed. I’ll say it’s a ’70 Charger. I could use $7,000.

    Like 4
  18. Howard A Member

    Ok, clearly posted for entertainment value. That’s one expensive gas cap. Obviously, someone must have a ’70 Charger with an iffy past, and the vin# is the last hurdle to make $100 grand. That i.d. tag could increase the value of a Charger with no title quite a bit, no? Anyway, great to start the day with a laugh.

    Like 7
  19. Patrick E Brown

    I love old Dodge Chargers (I grew up on “The Dukes of Hazzard”), but no way is that worth $7,000! I’d offer the guy $1000, flip it for $1500, and laugh all the way to the bank!

  20. Del

    Well this is definitely one where the winning bidder will be a “No Show”

    Like 3
  21. The one

    Bucket-o-rust
    They should just let it “rust in peace”..

    Like 1
  22. Robert May

    I wonder how much the glass and chrome/stainless moldings are worth. I doubt they’re worth $7000.00.
    Maybe it has an immaculate headliner.

    Like 1
  23. benjy58

    Re store it somewhere else. I don’t want to store it here it’s hurting my curb appeal. LOL

  24. Brian b

    I can’t believe anyone would pay half of the current bid. If you got this for free you couldn’t make a dime on it. Even if you have the skills to do everything the parts alone would kill you. I’m guessing this is being bid up by shills. Why I have no idea.

    Like 2
  25. David Harris

    I bet Howard A has the winning guess

  26. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    I’ll take that bet, David, and double it that you’re right! Howard’s idea is the only thing about this car that makes sense.

  27. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    There’s a lot of talent out there – and they ain’t posting on Barn Finds.

  28. Dave

    It’s not a rat rod, it’s a rot rod…

    Like 1
  29. Steve

    Geez what do they think it is, a Porsche?

    Like 1
  30. AMXBrian

    Maybe it’s going to be a big-time movie stunt car. Those shops make a few stunt cars out of booger-ed ones with plastic, bondo, and other movie magic then smash them to pieces.

  31. PatrickM

    NNnnope!!

  32. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sold for $7099.

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