1970 Dodge Challenger by American Muscle Car Restorations
Combining good looks and high performance, this sleek 1970 Dodge Challenger owned by John Kennedy of Massachusetts has been completely restored in a manner that would get purists smiling in complete awe. Close to original specifications, this thing has been improved in areas where the vehicle needed a modern touch to keep things safe and interesting.
The factory four-speed, big-block, six-pack car wasn’t exactly slow back in the day, but some extra grunt is always welcomed. The appeal of early 1970s E-Bodies is widely known by now, and the associated price-tags tend to hint towards some serious appreciation. The team at American Muscle Car Restorations has restored the car back to its factory looks adding things like power windows, shaker hood, and factory power disc brakes.
Obviously, the cool stuff that ended up fitted onto this Charger were really hard to find, such as the six-way front seat and the thumb-wheel AM/FM radio that cost $600. This simplistic way about how things were done means that you don’t need a mechanical engineering degree to understand this project, and that’s cool. The engine is a 446ci Chrysler RB-Series big-block V8, developing over 500 ponies, complemented by the sweet notes of the tailpipes. The Chrysler A833 four-speed transmission, with a Pistol Grip shifter, McLeod 11-inch clutch and a stock driveshaft, work together to deliver the thrills we all now this Charger can deliver.
Restoration continued with factory-style shocks and springs and big-block torsion bars at the front, while re-arched factory-style big-block leaf springs were fitted at the rear. The stock factory steering system remains, with a Rim Blow steering wheel helping the driver keep in line. There are also front disc brakes and rear 11-inch drum brakes, while that stunning exterior is complemented by a factory Rally Red paintjob. On the inside there’s the Chrysler factory leather interior, which is why I mentioned purists will be completely satisfied. This is a truly beautiful restoration, true to the factory letter, making this Charger stand out of a crowd. Awesome!