1970 Dodge Challenger is a 1 of 5 Convertible
This uniquely optioned Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible was recently sold at auction for $1.4 million.
One rare beast
There's rare, and then there's really rare. This 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible falls into the latter category. It's not just the fact that only five of these vehicles were ever produced. This particular convertible has a few extras that make it even more unique. From its psychedelic exterior color to the finest interior details, this Dodge is one of the more unique auction block gems. And the optional A833 18-spline 4-speed transmission makes it one of only five.
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Better late than never
By the time the 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible rolled off the assembly line, it became another addition to the pony car revolution. Once it became available, the Hemi Challenger was poised to compete with the Firebird and Cougar, both in terms of price and options. It wasn't until enthusiasts really started to look closely at the Challenger, with all its available options, that the car began to make a name for itself.
Getting to know the Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible
R/T models of the Challenger feature more powerful engines along with upgraded suspension, brakes and more. A large number also have distinguished exteriors with styling features such as stripes. However, the R/T version of the Challenger convertible was only sold for a year before being discontinued in the wake of low sale numbers. Anyone who managed to grab an R/T benefited from additional performance trim, more powerful engines, and enhanced driveline equipment.
A Super Track Pack car
Even the most basic 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertibles were nothing to sneeze at. However, adding the Super Track Pak to the list of options turned the car into an entirely different beast.
The ultimate calling card for the boulevard
The Challenger's 426 engine was distinctive and refined, due in large part to a hydraulic cam profile that was specifically designed to require less tuning than the 1969 Hemi engines. The engine on this 1970 Hemi caters to serious enthusiasts. In fact, Mecum calls the 426/425 HP Hemi "the most legendary of all Detroit street powerplants" and "the ultimate calling card for the boulevard."
Plum Crazy purple
A range of intriguing color options was introduced with the 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible. This car is painted with the eye-catching Plum Crazy purple, but there are several other noteworthy hues. Some examples include Sublime, Go Mango and Panther Pink. The high-impact paint continues to give the remaining Dodge Hemi Challengers a distinctive appearance.
Exportation and restoration
As with any collector's car, this rare convertible has an intriguing backstory. For starters, it was exported to England in 1976. During its time abroad, the convertible spent some time with a Swedish collector. The convertible made its way back to the U.S. in the 1990s when it was lovingly restored. In fact, Mopar specialist David Wise declared, "This is one of the nicest convertible bodies that I have seen with original sheet metal."
Riding in style
On the outside, the 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible sports the familiar black stripe, which matches its top and interior. Chrome accents, including the driver's side mirror and exhaust tips, also turn heads. The convertible also has a sport hood and 426 Hemi callouts. However, the interior is just as stunning, starting with the front bucket seats. Wood grain trim accents add an elegant touch. An optional AM/FM radio and an extra rear speaker option add to the car's value.
Not for the faint of heart
"The next owner will join the elite group of fewer than ten prominent collectors who own an authentic 4-speed Hemi E-body convertible," says Mecum Auctions. In fact, the cars' owners tend to be just as unique and determined to succeed as the vehicles themselves. "It took a certain level of bravery to buy one of these cars new, and that same aspect of determination still applies to the potential owner today."
This awesome classic was sold for $1,430,000, and if you ask us, it is worth every penny.
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