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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Hardtop
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Car: Dodge Charger R/T Hardtop

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The Dodge Charger was changed slightly for the 1970 model year. This would be the last year of the 2nd generation Charger and featured a large wraparound chrome bumper and the grille was no longer divided in the middle. New electric headlight doors replaced the old vacuum style. The taillights were similar to those used in 69, but 500 and R/T models came with a new more attractive taillight panel. On the R/T, new rear-facing scoops with the R/T logo were mounted on the front doors, over the door scallops. A new 440 or HEMI hood cutout made the option list for this year only.

What made it famous: Dodge painted the hood scallop inserts black and put the silver engine callouts on top. New "High Impact" colors were given names, such as Top Banana, Panther Pink. Sublime, Burnt Orange, Go Mango and Plum Crazy (sometimes nicknamed "Statutory Grape"). The all new "Pistol-Grip shifter" was introduced, along with a bench seat, a first for the Charger since its debut. A new engine option made the Charger's list for the first time, the 440 Six Pack. With three 2-barrel carburetors and a rating of 390 hp, it was one of the most exotic setups since the cross-ram Max Wedge engines of the early 1960's. The Six Pack was previously used on the mid-year 1969 Dodge Super Bee and Plymouth Road Runner. Of course, buyers could still shell out an additional $648 for the beast: The famed 425 bhp 426 Hemi V8.

Why I would want one: Although I am more partial to the non-wraparound chrome front of the '68 and '69 models, it's still every bit as exciting and powerful as previous Chargers. And the last year of the most famed body style.

Fun fact: For the 1970 NASCAR season, the 1970 Charger had ten wins, more than any other car, including the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona's and Plymouth Superbird's.

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