AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1970 Dodge Charger Hardtop Coupe

AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1970 Dodge Charger Hardtop Coupe

Car: Dodge Charger Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1970

What makes it special: The Dodge Charger was changed slightly for the 1970 model year. This was 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. Interior changes included new high-back bucket seats, the door panels were also revised and the map pockets were now optional instead of standard. The SE “Special Edition” trim option added luxury features and was available in as the 500 SE and R/T SE models. The all new pistol grip shifter was introduced, along with a bench seat, a first for the Charger since its debut.

What made it famous: 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

Why I would want one: I’ve always loved the 2nd generation Charger. It could be any of  the model years from 1968 to 1970, I’d take any one I could afford to own. It’s a “bucket-list” model for me.

Fun fact: In the 1970 NASCAR season, the 1970 Charger had ten wins, more than any other car, including the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds, thus giving Bobby Isaac the Grand National Championship. Buddy Baker, driving the blue #88 Engineering Daytona, was the first and only legal car to run over 200 mph in 1970. That record lasted for over 13 years.
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