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1970 Dodge Charger 500

  • Recipient of a rotisserie restoration
  • Numbers matching example in the desirable color Plum Crazy (FC7)
  • Accompanied by a large binder of receipts and invoices

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Known for its distinctive design, performance, and role in popular culture, the Dodge Charger became an American muscle car classic the day it was unveiled. First introduced in 1966 as a response to the growing popularity of muscle cars during the era, the Charger would be based on the Chrysler B platform. With much success, the second generation of the Charger, which is arguably the most iconic and recognizable, would debut in 1968 and last till 1970. The design solidified the Charger’s place in automotive history with an aggressive and aerodynamic styling that incorporated a much-loved “hidden headlamp” design.

The second generation came about at a time when many automakers began to realize that sheer horsepower was not enough to win on the tracks of NASCAR, even if the cars were pushing blistering speeds. To keep up with the competitors, the second-generation Charger was selected for the design to help with aerodynamics on the track. To meet NASCAR requirements at the time of selling at least 500 units to the public, Chrysler released a “500” edition example. Noticing that NASCAR wasn’t paying close attention to how many examples were actually being built, it is widely agreed that Dodge got away with only building 392 units, and not 500.

A rare and desirable second-generation model, this 1970 Dodge Charger 500 was the recipient of a rotisserie restoration and found a new lease on life. Wearing one of the most desirable colors of all muscle cars from all brands, the body was repainted in its original Plum Crazy (FC7) color, while the top was finished with a new white vinyl top. Well-detailed, the paint and chrome present nicely and draw attention wherever the car is driven. The body rides on newer classic BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, which complement the overall appearance.

Matching the white top, the interior is fitted with factory correct white vinyl bucket seats divided by a faux woodgrain center console that houses the three-speed automatic transmission shifter. Above the center console and under the dash, lies a modern-day Alpine stereo system. All of the gauges and interior appointments are correct and present as they would when they left the factory. This car has new carpet, seats, gauges, dash, headliner, door panels and cushions for all seats, front and rear.

Under the hood lies a correct and clean numbers-matching 383-cubic-inch Magnum V-8 engine that is capable of producing 335 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a numbers-matching TorqueFlite 727 three-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with a Sure Grip limited slip differential, power steering, rear power brakes and discs in the front, the next owner will be confident and comfortable while roaring down the road. The engine bay is correct and shows as new. Along with the sale of this 1970 Charger 500, the next owner will receive a large binder filled with receipts and invoice records from the restoration and maintenance upkeep over the years.


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