1970 Dodge Challenger T/A is the Essence of American Muscle
Most think of Hemi-powered Mopars as the muscle car kings, but this '70 Challenger T/A certainly deserves some consideration.
Muscle Car Kings
Without a doubt, the late '60s to (very) early '70s was the pinnacle of the muscle car era. And while we typically think of Hemi-powered Mopars as the kings of this era, there were certainly others worth a mention. Cars like this incredible 1970 Challenger T/A that recently crossed the block at Mecum Auctions, for example.
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By 1970, Trans Am racing was reaching the peak of its popularity, too. And every manufacturer wanted a piece of the pie. For Dodge, that meant building the T/A, a car that helped it satisfy homologation rules for the racing series.
Dodge built a mere 977 of these cars in 1970, and this fine example is number 677. It's been treated to a ground-up restoration, and has retained most of its original equipment through that extensive process.
That includes the interior, which is original. Here you'll find a set of black bucket seats, the famous pistol grip shifter, a center console, and plenty of wood grain. Because this was the '70s, after all.
Pop the hood, and you'll find a matching-numbers 340 Six-Pack. The street version of the racing car's 305 produced 290 horsepower with three 2-barrel Holley carbs on top. That may not sound like a lot, but the T/A was a pretty quick machine for its day with a 3.91-geared rear end.
On the outside, this Challenger T/A certainly looks the part painted in Hemi Orange and covered with black graphics. It also has a fiberglass hood, front and rear spoilers, and side-exit exhaust, as all T/As did.
Turning the Corner(s)
But the T/A wasn't just built to go fast in a straight line, of course. It also came with fast-ratio power-steering, power brakes, and Rallye suspension to help it handle the corners as well.
Racer for the Street
Rounding out this car's aggressive looks are body-color mirrors, a black vinyl top, and a very cool-looking flip-open gas cap that just screams race car.
Rolling stock was solid for the day as well, with Rallye wheels wrapped in Goodyear Polyglas GT E60-15 front and G60-15 rear tires.
Hemi Orange Beauty
Overall, the Challenger T/A was one of the coolest cars in a crowded field of muscle. And today, it's also a highly coveted machine for all of those reasons, along with its inherent rarity. And truthfully, they don't get much nicer than this Hemi Orange beauty, either.
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