1971 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Six Pack
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1971 Dodge Charger R/T Concept - 71 Wing Car, G-Series Collection

The 1971 Charger debuted with a pure coke bottle shape that refined the double-diamond lines America fell in love with when Dodge unleashed the second generation in 1968. If this were a Steven Spielberg film, this would be Indiana Jones the Director's Cut.

This is the third installment of what could be considered by most Mopar aficionados as the most successful automobile design in Chrysler history. A man named William “Bill” Brownlie was the man behind the first three generations of Charger design for Dodge. Anyone who has seen the sequel to a hit movie knows just how hard it is for a director to top himself. Well, Bill did it. The 1971 Charger received an enthusiastic response from customers and sales climbed 50% to 75,000.

Here is the 1971 Dodge Charger R/T in its unadulterated form, just as Brownlie originally envisioned it, brought to life by Gary and Pam Beineke. Chrysler had been teasing key design elements through concept cars. Both the Dodge Diamante and Super Charger Concepts built public anticipation for electrically actuated, variable pitch rear wings that could be adjusted from the cockpit enabling the driver to adapt to different driving conditions. The '71 Charger R/T had it. And that's not all.

The trained eye will see all the other details that made it to the "final" presentation on the Parkay floor of the Highland Park design studio where top brass would view the designs for final approval. The integrated bumper was color keyed to the remainder of the car. The hideaway headlights proudly wore a "Charger" script along the driver's side door. The front chin spoiler was uncluttered by a front license plate mount, made of aluminum and angled at a more aggressive pitch for maximum road hugging down-force. The "air-grabber" cold air intake flap is something most Mopar fans are familiar with - but did you know that the original insert was a single shark tooth "fang", flanked by black hood spears on either side? As an Army Air Corps pilot, Bill was shot down behind enemy lines and made it out without being captured. Definitely a nod to the Shark Mouth P-51's of World War II. Every element reinforces the "fighter plane" design language.

Light argent finish on '71 center caps and polished trim rings are a nod to what may have been on a "1970 1/2" concept. Not to leave any design element dangling out there on its own, the Beineke's incorporated the R/T door scoop from the 1970 Charger. Interestingly, it looks more at home on the 1971 model. Like most creations, the director's original vision is often edited and sometimes diminished by corporate politics or axed by the accounting department.

A remote control articulated rear wing? Too costly to tool up for production, even though the engineering work was complete.

Front spoiler? We can make is cheaper out of plastic- and hey you need a spot for the front tag. The aero angle has to change to account for curb rash (even though there is plenty of clearance already). Bring the '70 side scoops into the new model? Nope, let's lower the part count.

Light argent center caps? We already are using dark argent for the taillight bezels, so they need to be dark argent too. Hey the Air Grabber hood flap made it to production! "Ramcharger" decals certainly don't feel "aeronautical" though.

You can find a factory '71 Charger with a color-keyed bumper. You can find one with hideaway headlights. But you can't order both together. How come?
Corporate feared it would look like Dodge was cribbing General Motors design elements on Pontiac's 1969 GTO or Trans Am and Buick's GSX rear wing. That's why you won't find the hoop style rear wing at all, even if you couldn't change the pitch from the driver's seat.

The third generation Charger sold 375, 521 copies during its four-year production run. How many more there would be if Bill's "Director's Cut" would have gone out uncompromised by suits and bean counters?

Speaking of no compromises. This 440 SIX PACK can also keep you cool. A modern R134 Air Conditioning Compressor and Condenser is discreetly packaged under the hood, mated with factory original dash controls and vents. The console mounted radio houses a modern stereo system. Other noteworthy touches include the ever-popular Tuff Wheel, Rallye gauge cluster, Pistol Grip shifter, rear window louvers, electronic ignition, and four-wheel power disc brakes.

It is important to understand one thing about this and all the G Series '71 Wing Cars, they are not just design exercises. The '71 Dodge Charger R/T Concept and all the others are engineered to run fast, hard, and reliably. They are as just as home on the open road, the racetrack, or the invitation-only show field. They are uncompromising in every sense of the word.

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Principal Use

Driven Show Car

Conditional Grade

Excellent Plus
90%-96% of showroom condition. Exceptionally nice. May have slight wear on exterior and interior finishes but visible only under close inspection consistent with years of show detailing, climate controlled storage, enclosed transport, and indoor display. Most cars in this class are not driven more than a few miles per year.

REV's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

* Concept/Prototype custom build based on factory drawings and final clay mockups

* 1971 Charger R/T as Dodge Design Supervisor, Bill Brownlie originally envisioned

* Fully operational adaptive aero, driver controlled electrically actuated indexed rear wing

* Original "fighter plane" inspired design details- functional front spoiler, color keyed bumpers w/ hideaway headlights, and Shark Tooth fresh air induction hood

* 450 horsepower 440 SIX PACK, backed by Tremec TKO 5 speed, Dana 60 rear, and four wheel power disc brakes

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
440 3x2bbl SIX PACK
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane

Body

Body Color
Plum Crazy Purple
Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat

Basic

Year
1971
Make
Dodge
Model
Charger R/T 440 Six Pack
Miles
13,118
Stock
575

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes
Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. Get Quote
Engine Size
440 3x2bbl SIX PACK
Transmission Type
5spd Tremec
Body Style
Hardtop
Principal Use
Driven Show Car
Conditional Grade
Excellent Plus
Current Location
Sharon, MA 02067

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