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1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible

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The Challenger was described in a book about 1960s American cars as Dodge's "answer to the Mustang and Camaro. Introduced in fall 1969 for the 1970 model year, it was one of two Chrysler E-body cars, the other being the slightly smaller Plymouth Barracuda. "Both the Challenger and Barracuda were available in a staggering number of trim and option levels" and were intended "to compete against cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, and to do it while offering virtually every engine in Chrysler's inventory." However, the Challenger was "a rather late response to the ponycar wave the Ford Mustang had started." In his book Hemi Muscle Cars, Robert Genat wrote that the Challenger was conceived in the late 1960s as Dodge's equivalent of the Plymouth Barracuda, and that the Barracuda was designed to compete against the Mustang. The Barracuda was actually the first car in this sporty car segment by a few months, but was quickly overshadowed by the release of the segment defining Mustang (the segment being referred to as "Pony Car"). He added that Chrysler intended the new Dodge as "the most potent ponycar ever," and positioned it "to compete against the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird." Genat also noted that the "Barracuda was intended to compete in the marketplace with the Mustang and Camaro/Firebird, while the Dodge was to be positioned against the Cougar" and other more luxury-type musclecars.

The Challenger's longer wheelbase, larger dimensions and more luxurious interior were prompted by the launch of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, likewise a bigger, more luxurious and more expensive pony car aimed at affluent young American buyers. The wheelbase, at 110 inches, was two inches longer than the Barracuda, and the Dodge differed substantially from the Plymouth in its outer sheetmetal, much as the Cougar differed from the shorter-wheelbase Ford Mustang. A/C and a rear window defogger were optional.

Exterior design was done by Carl Cameron, who also did the exterior for the 1966 Dodge Charger. Cameron based the 1970 Challenger grille off an older sketch of his 1966 Charger prototype that was to have a turbine engine. The Charger never got the turbine, but the Challenger got that car's grille.

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Very Rare One Of Only 66 Produced 1970 Challenger 340 CID 4 Speed Manual Transmission.

This Two Owner Vehicle Was Purchased By The Second Owner In July 31, 1971 And Still In His Possession To This Day......

Magazine Center Fold Feature Car In March 2012 Musclecar Review Magazine

Documented With Original Broadcast Sheet And Galen Break Down.

Restored In Late 90's And Showing ONLY 40,000 Original Miles

Numbers Match Drive Train

GORGEOUS PAINT IN EF8 GREEN Painted In Urethane Base Coat Clear Coat

Super Clean Underside

Black Convertible Top

Rallye Dash

Black Bucket Seat Interior

Black Painted On Transverse Stripe

Rolling On Newer BFG Radial Tires With Factory Rallye Wheels

Dual Exhaust With Chrome Tips

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