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Lot Number
54
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $1,600,000 - $1,900,000
CHASSIS NO: JS27R0B171715
• The only Hemi/four-speed car built with 4.10:1 Super Track Pak
• One of only five Hemi/four-speed Challenger R/T convertibles built
• Original fender tag and factory Plum Crazy Purple
• Includes 15 years (1976-1991) in the UK and Sweden
• Restored for noted and selective prior owner Milton Robson
• Accompanied at auction by expert report by David Wise
• Documents include binder with restoration photos
• Legendary performer and enduring muscle car icon

426 cid “Hemi” V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, 425 HP, New Process A833 four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, live Dana 60 Super Track Pak rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 110”


To virtually anyone living anywhere in the world today, the original Dodge Challenger is synonymous with “Muscle Car.” While the last entrant to the “pony car” club, alongside its “E-Body” Plymouth Barracuda/’Cuda stablemates, the Challenger continues as the stuff of legends today. Option and powertrain combinations were virtually endless. Of all the Challenger’s many permutations, this true “Holy Grail” car as 1 of 5 Challenger Convertibles produced with the 426 Street Hemi engine and four-speed manual transmission, and it is the only Hemi/four-speed car equipped with the optional high-performance 4.10:1 Super Track Pack rear axle.

Originally scheduled for production at Chrysler’s Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant on October 27, 1969, this very special early-production 1970 Challenger was obviously intended for a well-heeled and demanding buyer. As confirmed by the original Fender Tag, factory original options are numerous, beginning with the popular R/T performance and appearance package, to the eye-catching Code FC7 High Impact Plum Crazy paint finish, to the H6 High Grade vinyl interior with C55 bucket seats, and C16 Console with woodgrain top panel, P37 power convertible top with V3X black top material, V5X Longitudinal black tape stripe, A05 Protection Group, J45 hood tie-down pins, and N42 chrome outlet tips for N41 dual exhaust system. The A62 Rallye instrument cluster with N42 chrome outlet tips. Explosive performance is courtesy of the factory correct E74 426-cid Street Hemi engine with dual four-barrel carburetors feeding a tough D21 New Process A 833 four-speed manual transmission with Hurst “Pistol Grip’ shifter, which drives the A34 Super Track Pack Dana ‘60’ rear axle with 4.10:1 ring and pinion. Cooling is capably handled by a Code 26 radiator and vital functions are monitored via the N85 tachometer and A62 Rallye instrument cluster. Additional entertainment, as if that was ever required, comes from the high-end R35 AM/FM Multiplex radio option.

Known history for this true “1 of 1” Challenger Convertible dates to 1976, when it was imported by Peter Kevin Jordan into the UK. It was later sold to Sweden and returned to the United States in 1991. That year, the Challenger was acquired by well-known businessman and collector Milton Robson of Gainesville, Georgia. A passionate enthusiast with a growing stable of elite muscle cars and a cultivated taste for the very best of them, Mr. Robson had the Challenger restored to exceptional standards by professionals with virtually no possible expense spared in the process. As is often the case with high-performance cars, the original Hemi engine block was replaced with a correct and proper over-the-counter service replacement which was rebuilt and fully detailed to exceptional standards. Importantly, the original four-speed manual transmission remains in the car and it retains its original sheet body. The Challenger has been owned and preserved by collectors ever since, passing from Mr. Robson through several other noted muscle car collectors, including Steve Fox, Kevin Moore, Brian Styles, and then to our consignor, a collector specializing in Mopar high-performance legends. In August 2016, Mopar muscle car expert David Wise inspected the Challenger and produced a detailed report, which is available for full inspection prior to the car’s offering at auction in Scottsdale, along with an album of photographs documenting the restoration work performed under Mr. Robson. Other documents on hand include prior registrations and magazine articles covering the Challenger and its fascinating story. Fewer than 100 post-restoration miles have been traveled. Exceptional in presentation, highly equipped, and continuing to benefit from its restoration and the care of attentive collectors, this “1 of 1” Plum Crazy Purple Hemi/four-speed/Super Track Pack 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible is simply an investment grade example of what astute collectors regard the ultimate American supercar.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible
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