1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger Convertible
The 1970 model year heralded a number of restylings from Detroit, but one of the most anticipated was Dodge’s new entry into the pony-car market, the Challenger. Created to compete with Cougar and Firebird, the Challenger’s E-body platform was capable of handling any engine in the Dodge passenger car line. The R/T designation would be for performance models, and it was only in 1970 that a convertible Challenger was ever offered. That year, 1,070 people bought new R/T convertibles; only nine of them selected the Hemi engine. Four of those chose the Hemi/automatic combination. This is one of that very exclusive group. A Dodge Hemi Challenger Convertible.
Much can be said about the Hemi engine, Chrysler’s basically detuned racing engine that ended up on the street for six years of unrestrained performance. In that short time span, many people wanted one but did not have the money to buy one, and those who did sometimes bought the most basic cars possible so they could go racing. That is not the case with this FJ5 Sublime Green machine. In fact, the car was highly optioned from the day it came down the line at Hamtramck’s Dodge main line in early December 1969.
The matching-numbers 426 Hemi is backed up by a floor-shifted A727 Torqueflite, which was included as part of the A36 Performance Axle package. A 3.55:1 Sure Grip 8 ¾ differential is behind that. It rides well on Rallye wheels with F60x15 Goodyear Polyglas tires, and trim rings and center caps add a special touch. The Hemi’s dual-exhaust system ends in twin N42 chrome tips pushing outward from the unique rear valance. The driveline was built as an overall blend of street-strip components.
However, it is in driver comfort and appearance options that this car truly begins to stand out. That list starts with front bucket seats, Rim Blow steering wheel, wood grain-appliqué console, matched wood-tone shifter ball, and Rallye 150 MPH dash with tachometer. The full-size door panels host the rare power-window button mechanisms and the top is also power operated. The R22 radio is an AM/8-track Music Master ensemble and the finishing touch was the A01 Light Group. The interior is in classic black vinyl while the top is in a nicely contrasting V3W-code White. The final benefit was the A63 SE molding group which was also only available in 1970.
The exterior is painted in High-Impact FJ5 Sublime paint, accented with black longitudinal striping with R/T lettering. Other exterior options would include the trunk-mounted luggage rack, body-color mirrors on both sides, flip-top gas filler cap, performance hood with V21 center blackout treatment, hood pins, bumperettes, and Challenger R/T and chrome 426 Hemi emblems. As a result, there is little that could be added to its outside appearance to increase its attraction as an emblematic muscle car. The fact that it is a Hemi puts it into its own league.
The car is showing 1,140 miles since its restoration. There are very few authentic 1970 Hemi Challenger R/T convertibles in existence today, and those that have survived the rigors of almost a half-century of ownership do not come up for sale often. As one of just four Hemi automatics built, and perhaps one of the most stunning executions on the 1970 R/T convertible design, this Hemi will please the most discriminating buyers who recognize the special opportunity it presents.
– One of nine Hemi Challenger Convertibles produced in 1970
– Featured in June, 1999 issue of Mopar Muscle
– R-Code 426/425 HP Hemi engine
– 956 radiator
– Automatic transmission
– 8 ¾ inch rear end
– Power steering
– Drum brakes
– FJ5 Sublime with Black striping
– Hood tie down pins
– V3W White convertible top
– Black bucket seats and console
– Rallye dash
– Rim Blow steering wheel
– Power windows
– Music Master radio with 8-track player
– Painted mirrors
– Luggage rack
– Rallye wheels and Goodyear Polyglas tires
This 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger Convertible sold for $1,650,000 in January 2016
Source : Mecum Auctions