At the 2017 New York Auto Show the Beast of All Beasts was uncovered: The Challenger SRT Demon. With 840 horse power and labeled the fastest V8 in the world, I thought it would be fun to look back to an era when just about every car rolling off production lines were race cars – Introducing The 1970 Dodge Challenger
When the 1970 Dodge Challenger was born, it was considered the all new high-performance pony car. It was a completely new kind of muscle car from the wide stance up.
Offered in convertible with a 3 speed slant 6 and R/T Sport Hardtop with a a standard 383 Magnum V8 with an optional 440 Magnum V8 or the “Haulin’ Hemi”.
The 1970 Challenger had the other hot rod, muscle car loving goodies available as well. Like the 3-on-the-floor full-synchro manual transmission. The HD drum-type brakes and wide tread tires, along with the Rallye suspension and sway bar.
With the popularity of the Ford Mustang only five years earlier, car manufactures were looking to clone that success with their brand. Dodge wanted this one to be the muscle car that would challenge all others. In fact, the 1970 Dodge Challenger was referred to as the “Pony with Horses”. Able to Perform on the track with times of 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and hitting the Quarter Mile in 14.8 sec @ 99mph.
Checkout this car commercial from 1970:
Dodge spared no expense when it came to driver features and eye candy. Inside the cab was a Rallye instrument Cluster that gave the illusion of a rocket ship.
Outside was the bright dual exhaust tips, underneath was the 3.23 dialed in axle ratio.
Open the hood on the R/T Hardtop Sport and you would find a brand new 440 six pack, three Holley two-barrels on a new high-rise manifold.
Turn the key on this new kind of muscle car and all this would hum like a well oiled machine.
Buyers could order a popular red paint job, a standard bumper to bumper stripe or the traditional bumblebee stripe.
The 1970 Challenger was many things. The new muscle car, the new pony car, the new hot rod- the pony with horses.