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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1970 Dodge Challenger

A contender for King of the Hill of muscle cars


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 1970 Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is an absolute icons of the muscle car hobby that’s been featured in all sorts of films and TV. The car is so popular that Dodge brought the Challenger back in 2008 as a new retro model.

The seller of this 1970 Challenger states that it was completely restored in June 2023, with the reportedly rust-free body refinished in Hemi Orange paint. Other new components include new chrome bumpers, R/T badging, dual hood scoops, a V21 black hood stripe, black R/T side stripes, a fender-mounted antenna, a new front windshield, new chrome mirror housings, new door handles, a new flip-up fuel filler, and a new rear window. At the same time the seller added a set of staggered-width 15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust aluminum wheels wrapped in new 235/60R15 front and 255/60R15 rear Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires.

As part of the restoration, the interior was redone with new black upholstery in leather for the front bucket seats and rear seat, with a new black dashboard and new black carpeting installed as well. Interior features include manual windows, power steering, a floor-mounted Hurst pistol-grip shifter, and woodgrain accents.

Instrumentation includes a 150-mph speedometer, a 7,000-rpm tachometer, a clock, and gauges for the fuel level and other systems are located ahead of the driver. The odometer reads 155,432 miles, which the seller reports to be accurate.

Under the hood this car was originally equipped with a 340cid V8 backed by a three-speed automatic transmission. During the restoration this Challenger received a new 440cid V8, backed by an A833 four-speed manual transmission. It is interesting that the seller made this change, as you had to order the A66 package to get the 340. This package added the Bumblebee stripe, so the car looks like an R/T but it’s not. Basically this made the 340 engine equipped Challenger a member of the Scat Pack even though it wasn’t an R/T. I am guessing the 440 was added due to the massive increase in torque and horsepower over the 340 engine.

Engine bay dress up features include finned aluminum Mickey Thompson valve covers, an aluminum intake manifold, an Edelbrock 750-cfm four-barrel carburetor, a black air cleaner housing, a Mallory electronic ignition system, and an aluminum radiator.

The underside of this car was also seen to with the addition of heavy-duty torsion bars, tubular front sway bar, and fuel tank that are all new. The entire underside of this Challenger look to be in excellent condition.

This Hemi Orange 1970 Challenger is a great looking car with some upgrades and what looks like a very nice restoration. If you were looking for a Challenger to show and drive, why not make a bid or two on this one?

The auction for this 440 powered 1970 Dodge Challenger ends Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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