Classic Car Auction of Toronto - Spring

Lot : SP100
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 6-Pack

Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Not Sold at a High Bid of $150,000

    Development of the Dodge Challenger began in late 1966, with early design work led by Bill Brownlie, who envisioned a clean, formal coupe that was quite similar to the overall design of the Mercury Cougar. While the design studies submitted by Brownlie’s staff were considered, Brownlie’s original work was the design that made it to production, as well as his choice of the “Challenger” name for the new car. The Challenger’s enduring appeal stems not only from its very handsome styling, but also from its ability to accommodate the entire Chrysler engine range, by virtue of the front sub-frame, which was borrowed from the B-bodied Charger/Coronet. In addition, the use of the Charger/Coronet rear suspension layout provided a wide rear track, which was capable of housing the wider wheels and tires that became available by 1970. The rest is automotive history.

    This 1970 Challenger R/T displays a complete, professional restoration by a Mopar expert with 34 years of experience, and it is a complete match in specification to its original Chrysler broadcast sheet, which accompanies the car. It is powered by a matching numbers V-Code 440 cu. in. “Six Pack” engine, while a four-speed manual transmission and a matching numbers Dana 60 rear axle transfers the power to the pavement. Obviously ordered and built for hard-core performance, this Challenger includes the A33 “Track Pak” option, with a 3.54:1 Dana 60 rear axle, Sure Grip, maximum cooling, a seven-blade fan, and Hemi-specification underpinnings. It also includes a “pistol grip” shifter, hood tie-down pins, a standard mirror, a standard-type steering wheel, an AM radio, a full-size spare tire, and front drum brakes, while both the brakes and steering are manually operated. In addition, the Challenger rides on steel wheels with deluxe wheel covers, surrounded by a set of F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas tires.

    This Challenger is extremely rare, being one of only two examples from 1970 that are known to exist with the combination of a 440 “Six Pack” engine, a black exterior finish, and a red interior. It is also thoroughly documented with its factory-original VIN, body stampings, fender tag, and build/broadcast sheet, and truly represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest Chrysler muscle cars in existence today.