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AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible

Car: Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible

 Year: 1970

What makes it special: The 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible is a rare model, as only nine were ever built for that production year. Also, 1970 was the debut year for the Challenger model. It is by far THE most coveted Challenger ever built.

What made it famous: Challenger was introduced in 1970 as Dodge's answer to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro pony cars. In addition to the Convertible's low production numbers, it is equipped with a 425 hp, 426 cu in Hemi V8. The Hemi V8 was dropped in 1971 as an engine option for the Dodge Challenger. The Challenger R/T came with a Rallye instrument cluster that included a 150 mph speedometer and an 8,000 rpm tachometer.

Why I would want one: It's got a Hemi. It's rare. It's THE most sought after Dodge pony car. It's a Convertible...any more questions??

Fun fact: Although the body style remained the same throughout the Challenger's five-year run, there were two notable changes to the front grille. The 1971 models had a "split" grille, while 1972 introduced a design that extended the grille (nicknamed the "sad-mouth") beneath the front bumper.

( 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T Convertible photo from wheelsage.org )

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