To rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge released its own pony car, the Challenger, for the 1970 model year.
Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.
To rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge released its own pony car, the Challenger, for the 1970 model year. Based off the Chrysler E-body, the Challenger was available with nearly every engine in Chrysler’s lineup and provided an unrivaled number of trim options.
Only four Challenger models were available in 1971, the Challenger Deputy, hardtop, convertible or R/T hardtop.
The R/T option, also known as the Road/Track model, was a performance package that came standard with a 6.2-liter 383cid “magnum” V8 and a three-speed automatic or manual transmission. Available engine upgrade options included the 7.0-liter 426 Hemi and the 7.2-liter 440cid six-pack.
Offered from the Tammy Allen Collection at no reserve during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction next month is this Plum Crazy 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T, which features a 383 V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.
The engine, while not original to the car, has approximately 600 miles on it since the completion of the car’s body-off restoration in 2006. That restoration included a mechanical remake of the transmission, and exhaust system.
The build also included upgrades such as a 3.55 Sure Grip third member (rear-end component) along with and Street Performance torsion bar suspension.
The car has factory air conditioning and all of gauges have been restored.
This 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T and the rest of the Tammy Allen Collection will be crossing the block at no reserve as part of Barrett-Jackson’s ninth annual Las Vegas Auction, October 13-15 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. For more information, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid or call 480-421-6694. Absentee bidding options powered by Proxibid are also available.