Dodge Challenger R/T SE

Although the Dodge Challenger and its Plymouth Barracuda stablemate were the last entrants to the “pony car” club already occupied by the Chevrolet Camaro, AMC Javelin and Ford Mustang, the Challenger enjoys near-mythic status in the eyes of many enthusiasts today, with its unabashed muscle car character. Development began in late 1966, led by Bill Brownlie, who envisioned a clean and formal two-door coupé. While other proposals were considered, Brownlie’s original design was ultimately chosen for production, along with his choice of the “Challenger” nameplate.

The enduring appeal of the Challenger stems not only from its handsome “Coke-bottle” styling, but also from its ability to accommodate the entire Chrysler engine range by virtue of the front sub-frame, which was borrowed from the larger B-bodied Charger and Coronet models. The Challenger adopted the B-body rear suspension system, which provided an aggressively wide rear track, allowing the use of the wider and lower-profile tyres that were becoming available by 1970.

The Challenger quickly earned a formidable reputation on the street and the racetrack, appearing in the immensely popular SCCA Trans Am road-racing series and in drag racing circles, where it was successful in the Super Stock and Pro Stock ranks. These extensive racing efforts inspired a great deal of brand loyalty for the Challenger and Chrysler Corporation that remains strong in the United States to this day.

The Special Edition (SE) option package includes a smaller, more formal rear window treatment, a vinyl roof and upgraded seat upholstery.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

335 bhp, 383 cu. in. V8 engine, single Carter four-barrel carburettor, A727 TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 110".

Source: RM Auctions

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