1970 Dodge Challenger T/A
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1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, FK5 Burnt Orange, Black Interior, 90% Original Paint!

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They say "it's only original once". Most cars you call on that claim "survivor" status are nothing more than full restorations waiting to happen. This one is road ready and looks great.

This 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A is an unrestored car, a genuine survivor, complete with its original fender tags—including the unique to Challenger T/A “TRANS AM” tag, broadcast sheet, two build sheets, the original bill of sale and payment book, plus a trove of other documentation, receipts, registration records, and more, all in a binder that comes with the car.has been well cared for, well maintained, and is in excellent unrestored condition. It still wears 90% of the factory applied paint. Engine, transmission, and rearend are all original to the car. 100% of the sheetmetal and interior are also original to the car. The underside is very clean, especially for a car that has never been restored or "fluffed up" over the years.

In most cases, a serious muscle Mopar from the glory years comes finished in one of Chrysler's so-called High Impact colors such as Sub-Lime or Plum Crazy. Not this little pony. This 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, with its numbers-matching 340-cubic inch Six Pack V-8, is the only T/A finished in FK5 Dark Burnt Orange Metallic and fitted with backlight louvers that's in the T/A Registry, which encompasses 1,541 cars. And these small-bore performance coupes are rare enough under any circumstances, with about 2,400 of them built for the U.S. market in 1970 by most informed estimates, 1,411 with automatic transmissions like this one.

If you are looking for the genuine article that you can also drive and enjoy. This is it!


Decoding the main fender tag on this Challenger T/A reveals that it was built at the factory with the E55 engine package, the Chrysler LA 90-degree small-block V-8, 340-cubic inches of displacement, fitted at the assembly plant with triple Holley two-barrel carburetors atop an aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold, and rated at 290hp. The trio of carburetors bear the correct date code for a T/A from 1970, and the seller says they were rebuilt by Holley. The Challenger still carries its original factory side-exit exhaust system, with the seller reporting that the date codes on the original mufflers check out. . Buyers overwhelmingly preferred automatic transmissions in these cars, and the Chrysler 727 here is said to be original and numbers-matching, as is its rear axle with the desirable 3.91:1 final-drive ratio.

Approximately six years and 800 miles ago, the engine was pulled for some major service, including a new oil pump, a new timing chain, new intakes gaskets, rebuilding of the heads with hardened valve seats, and repainting of the engine in the proper Mopar color. At the same time, the seller partially refinished the engine bay and cleaned up the under-body K-frame engine support.


The seller says that every piece of sheet metal on this Challenger T/A is fully original, as is the trunk floor and floor pans. One rear quarter panel had to be resprayed and blended after it was keyed by vandals early in its existence. The seller says approximately 80 percent of the paint is factory original. A view of the undercarriage images in the gallery below shows a relatively well preserved car, given its mileage and 49 years in New York State. Some imperfections include the bottom edges of the rearmost portions of the quarter panels with the expected level of road rash its age, mileage and originality would merit.

The factory Rallye wheels have the correct date coding for this car. The car's hood retains its original matte-black finish, matching cold-air scoop, and tie-down pins, and presents well. One unusual feature is on the right-front fender: Instead of a Chrysler pentastar badge, it has a key cylinder used to deactivate the dealer-installed anti-theft alarm system, which is still on the car. The chrome trim is in good condition, and the undercarriage shows some surface rust that would be appropriate for its age and history as a driven car in upstate New York, where it was delivered as new. The car's optioning includes both the J68 backlight louvers and the J82 rear ducktail spoiler. There is an approximately two-inch crack in the lower left corner (driver's side) of the windshield.


According to the seller, the interior is completely original and appears to be in good shape, with some visible wear to the factory carpeting in the driver's area and some slight unevenness to the dashboard top. Still in place is the optional the Rallye gauge cluster, factory tachometer, simulated woodgrain console, factory clock, AM radio and high-back bucket seats covered in black vinyl. The interior shows well and all of the dashboard and door-panel trim pieces appear to be in place and in original, well-kept condition.


The seller says that New York did not require cars to be titled until 1973, so this one has a transferrable registration, and while it's mileage exempt, the odometer reading is believed to be accurate. The car received an invitation to be shown during Chryslers at Carlisle during the 45-year reunion of Challenger T/As. This muscular Mopar has its original space saver spare with the correct, proprietary Chrysler inflator and jack still in the trunk. This one-year-only E-body performance coupe with Six Pack power is highly valued by collectors today, with this example being more rare than most, thanks to its understated color scheme. Numbers-matching verification is shown in the TAGS, STAMPINGS AND DOCUMENTATION gallery below, including VIN tags, engine number stamping, and partial VIN stamped into the upper radiator support.

Principal Use

Driven Show Car

Conditional Grade

80%-89% of new condition. Shows minimal wear. High touch surfaces have small blemishes and/or flaws and plated finishes have dulled. Components may show patina and/or blemishes consistent with repeated show detailing, transport, occasional driving on dry roads and outdoor display.

Overall Originality

Unrestored as Factory Equipped
An unrestored vehicle in near factory condition in more than one or all the following areas: exterior, interior, engine bay, and chassis.

REV's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

*Unrestored, 90% Original Paint
*100% Original Sheet Metal
*100% Original Drive Train
*100% Original Interior
*Excellent Documentation, including original broadcast sheets, window sticker, extensive owner documentation


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Body Color
Deep Burnt Orange (FK5)
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Challenger T/A


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Principal Use
Driven Show Car
Conditional Grade
Overall Originality
Unrestored as Factory Equipped
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Valley Stream, NY 11581
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