1973 Dodge Challenger
Introduced in fall 1969 for the 1970 model year, the Challenger was one of two Chrysler E-body cars, the other being the slightly smaller Plymouth Barracuda. Positioned to compete against the Mercury Cougar and the Pontiac Firebird in the upper end of the pony car market segment. Chrysler intended the new Challenger as the most potent pony car ever, and like the less expensive Barracuda, it was available in a staggering number of trim and option levels, and with virtually every engine in Chrysler's inventory. The Challenger was canceled partway through the 1974 season as Chrysler was convinced there was no longer any market for noisy ground-pounding performance cars. Dodge tried to up the ante with a 245hp performance version of the 360ci V-8. The 1974 Challengers were essentially identical to the 1973 models but with beefier rear bumpers and big rubber bumperettes, as both ends were required to absorb 5mph impacts without damage.
For consignment, the second to last year for the E-Body Dodge Challenger but hopped up to true muscle car status. 2018 B5 blue with black stripes, a powerful later model Magnum 360ci V8, a 3-speed automatic transmission for cruising efficiency, an updated stereo and gauge cluster and we have ourselves a day 2 muscle car with some modern convenience for whooping ass and maintaining driveability. And for the numbers aficionados out there, there is a fender tag present but it is not for this car. Read on and get that sporty feeling of Dodge performance!
Showing off in the 2018 rendition of B5 Blue Metallic draping solid surfaces with well minded gaps, good chrome and the menacing looking dual headlight black egg crate grille and Challenger badge up front, it's just sporty all around. AMD has provided the replacement front fenders and a blingy rear bumper. The dual scooped hood has a satin black decal stripe running from front to back of it and is flanked by chrome fender mounted turn signals. On the sides starting at the rear of the fenders and sweeping rearward are faux fender vents with diminishing black strobe stripes and a thin beltline trim spear that follows the coke bottle contour of the car and ends just behind the rear door. Body colored sport mirrors grace the tops of the doors and covering the roof is a near flawless black vinyl top. On the back is a black Go Wing along with a blacked out rear panel that holds the canted tail light lenses and shiny D O D G E badging just below. 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels with shiny black and chrome centers are all around and these are wrapped with raised white letter BF Goodrich rubber. Noted are the chrome exhaust tips which do a splendid job of breaking up the black and blue motif.
Large wide molded door panels in pristine white are shown sporting some wood applique in the center and house the handles and cranks. This is the Fratzog logo era, and these are on the door panels. These panels appear to have been dyed and have a rough non factory finish to them. The dash shows the original design with a heavily cracked padded black top but now sports rallye gauges courtesy of a 1971 Challenger R/T. The original black rimmed 2 spoke steering wheel is fronting this dash. The white vinyl seats, with new covers from Legendary Interiors, are dripping with 1970's styling high thin backs, tuck and roll inserts, and smooth bolsters front and back, although the back is a bench style with lower backs. A shout out to the seats as they present very nicely. Black carpet covers the floors, and a black T-handle slap stick shifter emanates from the black plastic console on the center hump, a tight white headliner hangs proudly above. A shout out to the reworked AM/FM radio by Antique Radios Of Florida as the unit is now Bluetooth capable.
Now playing for your viewing enjoyment under the hood in a restored but patina riddled engine bay is a 360ci Magnum V8 circa 2000 with EQ cylinder heads and Keith Black 10.5-1 pistons. A roller cam and roller lifters have been fitted into the block and it now makes a consignor stated 400hp. Up top is a satin black Mopar Performance air filter topper, ribbed Mopar Performance black valve covers and supple like new hoses and bolt ons. A 4bbl carburetor feeds the air and fossils, meanwhile electronic ignition lights the fire. On the back is a rebuilt A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic with a 2800-3200rpm stall converter, also not original to this car. Out back is an 8.75 rear axle. Muscle car performance in a 1973 package!
A nice overall patina with only minor surface rust to be seen on some of the suspension components, otherwise the rockers, and flooring and unibody are covered in an application of Rhino Liner rustproofing. Independent torsion bar suspension is upfront, and leaf springs on the back. These rear leafs are from Espo and provide a 1"" lower ride to the rear. Power disc brakes are on the front and power drums bring up the rear, power steering is also noted. A new fuel tank was installed recently, and dual exhaust with Magnaflow muffler is on for exhaling duties.
With the twist of the key the 360ci Magnum powerhouse came to life. Almost no warmup time was required and off to the test track we went. Here it handled nicely, and the interior was very roomy, even for this slightly portly writer and his even portilier decoder cohort. Bias free panic stopping is noted, and steering is solid, however the heater blower did not function so our attempt to test the A/C was futile. The thump of the worked small block was music to our ears, and it was hard to bring our drive to an end.
A fabulous car from the Malaise era of American performance. Beautiful late model B5 Blue paint, snappy wheels and all the charm that was the 2nd to last year for the E-body Mopars. A long way away from the way this car was born, but it's right baby bear, this Challenger will rock your world and leave you wondering why you didn't jump on this ride sooner!
H-High Price Class
23-2 Door Hardtop
G-318ci V8 2bbl
B-Hamtramck, MI Assy Plant
170695-Sequential Unit Number
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