Tuesday, April 6, 2010
San Jose Street Sighting - 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
This car is a 1971 Challenger R/T 440. It is pretty nicely equipped with the optional 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 engine producing 375 horsepower (not as powerful as the 426 Hemi but certainly easier to drive smoothly). This was the last year the 440 Magnum was available. This example doesn't appear to have the 440 Six-Pack (three 2-barrel carburetors), and while it sports an optional vinyl roof covering, it doesn't appear to have the SE luxury package. I can't speak for the transmission specifications or any other equipped options. It once wore a (1970 only) Challenger T/A style ducktail spoiler on the trunk and currently has a pair of aftermarket orange foglights on the front bumper and a set of slotted mag wheels that are straight from the '80s. Color appears to be the original B2 Light Blue Metallic.
Performance editions of 1971 Challengers are considered to be the most rare of all Challengers, making this unrestored one, one of fewer than 4,000 '71 R/T hardtops made, quite a find.