Selling week of March 12th on www.bringatrailer .com
Opportunities to acquire the genuine article don't come along every day, especially in the world of Mopar. Up for sale, pre-auction is a numbers matching V-Code Challenger with the factory Broadcast Sheet intact. Believed to be 34,500 original miles. This car was locked in probate after the death of an avid collector four years ago. It took me three months to secure a clear title. Since then the car has undergone a comprehensive refresh to ensure reliable drivability and top performance. The car has been fully decoded and highlighted as follows: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack Documented V-Code NUMBERS MATCHING with Original Factory Broadcast Sheet Intact. Refinished in its original FE5 Bright Red. Original E87 390 Horsepower 7.2 Liter Big Block V8. Original D32 Torque Flight 727 Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission. Original 8.75" Sure Grip Rear End. Power front disk brakes. After sitting for years in a clean, dry indoor environment the car came to life without much of a fight. It wasn't without the expected issues for most cars that sit dormant for years and years. The refresh included among other small details the following significant tasks: Reseal engine, transmission and rear end as necessary. Overhaul carburetors. Oil, filters and fluids. Water pump serviced; new hoses and belts. Full tune up: plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor and coil. Mopar Battery. Front and rear wheel bearings. Front calipers rebuilt, rotors turned, new pads. Rear drums rebuilt, drums turned, new shoes and hardware; ebrake adjusted. Soft bushings replaced where needed. New BF Goodrich Radial T/A's. New Mopar side graphics. Light cosmetic touch up. This car has now been well sorted and is ready to show and go. It is not a #1 car but it is a very strong #2. It is mostly original with only a few incorrect, replaced or repaired items which I will share with interested parties. The heir was familiar with the car and I spoke with the collector's caretaker. I also reached the man he bought it from in 2007 who bought it in 2001 from the man who restored it in 2000. As of this writing I have not been able to reach that man. Gavin Govier is backlogged beyond reason but these cars decode easily once versed. I have a fully decoded spreadsheet and narrative available and verified by a regional Mopar authority. The paint is older but shows extremely well with only minor imperfections present. The top is excellent as is all the bright work and other trim. The interior is mostly original and in very good to excellent condition. The original dash has two small cracks at the speaker grill. Glass, weather strip and soft parts are generally excellent. Everything works including the rim horn, clock, wipers and courtesy lights. The undercarriage was detailed during the extensive work done on the front and rear axles. This car starts right up, idles smoothly with a hearty lope and rolls straight down the road. Brakes are strong and exhibit no pull or fade. Steering is period and model correct, meaning this car was sold as a street legal factory drag racer. The Sure Grip rear end was not designed for maneuverability and the suspension was not set up for Trans Am racing. This is a straight line car. Throttle response is instantaneous and this car will shred tires as fast as it sucks gas thanks to three angry two barrels pulling 1,350 cfm of air wide open. The sound of the motor under heavy foot is intoxicating. This car is brutally fast for its day and the heavy duty Torque Flight is up to the task with firm hook up through all three. As a bonus, this beast is drop dead gorgeous. Link to 100's of detailed photographs available upon request. This car is scheduled for winter auction but is offered for preview or sale locally. It is housed at the Garages of Texas in Plano. Shown by appointment. Call, text or reply. Texas retail buyers may be subject to tax and registration fees. Scammer and sales assistants need not apply.