With demand on the rise for all original unrestored vehicles and supply enviably tainted with claimed “originals” and or modified examples, it is getting more difficult to find a true original. The unfortunate reality being that many of these examples are becoming harder to find and makes them incredibly valuable to the discerning collector. It is also worth considering that the sensory experience of a car that as it rolled out of the factory in 1970 cannot be matched. All the senses are involved in experiencing a classic car and with the saying “They don’t make ‘em like they used to” speaks for itself.
Not very often do you find a classic vehicle that checks off all the boxes as a true collector vehicle. Here we have a perfect example of an original, never restored and extremely well maintained 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE. Under the hood is the original unmolested numbers matching 383ci four barrel V8 linked to a numbers matching Torqueflite automatic transmission. The exterior shows to have been meticulously cared for with its original factory applied Plum Crazy Purple paint paired to the optional longitudinal white stripe and wire wheel covers. The interior is made up of black/white “houndstooth” style seating with even protective plastic on the rear seatbelts. From the long list of available options, this vehicle checks off nearly every one, starting with power assisted front disc brakes, center console, bucket seats, overhead roof consolette, duel chrome exhaust, Light package, High Performance Axle Package, and Rallye instrument cluster, tachometer and even factory air conditioning to name just a few.
To find an all original unmodified Challenger with such a long list of factory options in one of the most desirable of Dodges High Impact colors is a rare feat. Everything from the paint to the glass is original from the factory while showing a mere 18,900 miles on the odometer. If that was not enough it is also worth mentioning the vehicle comes with two window stickers, owners manual, options list, original build card as well and of course original broadcast sheets. These features alone make it a very appealing collectors item, and with its high impact paint job it is sure to turn heads as easily as it turns corners.
Over the past several years, “Hagerty’s Cars That Matter” has observed unrestored cars sell for prices that would have astonished in the recent past. Preservation Classes are being added to concours nationwide to showcase well preserved and mostly unrestored, un-refinished, and unaltered cars. The old car hobby is headed in the direction of the fine art, decorative arts, and antique furniture markets, where a premium is placed on originality.