A lot of people think about the “Vanishing Point” series and the Shades of Kowalski whenever they see a 1970 Dodge Challenger. This 1970 Challenger is an original R-Code Hemi Challenger R/T that has seen some few upgrades to draw more power out of it. The current owner of this Challenger has owned it since 1983 and it originally came in blue but was repainted in an elegant white finish.
The small details of the Challenger all add up to its charm. Around the late 70s, its previous owner ordered an A/Stock-legal engine from Mancini Racing in Detroit. To create the engine, an authentic high-nickel-content 1964 A864 race Hemi block was used. The engine block has a factory stamp 4-6-64 which means that this engine was built before the Hemi engines were made available to the general public.
The Mancini Bros. also stamped the engine with “7206FM, 1976, 20th engine built, Fred Mancini.” The engine block does not have any VIN stamp which means it is not part of the production line and is not linked to a specific vehicle. 1970 period correct parts were used to complete the engine.
The dual Carter AFB carburetors designed by John Bauman, hydraulic cam valvetrain, and the inline aluminum intake manifold were used to preserve its 70s appearance while giving it a legal racing performance. To make the Challenger more street friendly, Hooker headers and Milodon deep-sump oiling system were added to the engine which is then topped with a completely operational Shaker hood and scoop, a feature rarely used for the 1970 Dodge Challenger.
It still has the original broadcast sheet and a compilation of documents that proves its history such as the Chrysler Registry report, photos during its restoration, and much more. This Challenger also features a Dana 60 differential and A833 4-speed transmission. Because it is an A33 Track Pak, it comes equipped with Hays clutch and flywheel which are covered by a blow-proof bellhousing. It also has Magnum 500 wheels and a 4.10:1 final gear ratio. Other original features include tinted glass, Ralleye dash cluster, N85 tachometer, blue vinyl bucket-seat, rare J46 locking gas cap, and Pistol Grip shifter.
This 1970 Dodge Challenger only has 13,188 miles on its odometer and 282 miles of that are for maintenance. It has been rarely driven by its 3rd owner since 1983 and was never used in races or as a street cruiser for more than 3 decades. This elegant white 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T looks great with a lot of power to back it up, it’s probably safe to say that this is a one of a kind Challenger.
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