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Pick of the Day: 1971 Dodge Charger R/T

A GTX by any other name

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Elsewhere in the ClassicCars.com Journal, we are featuring a 1971 Plymouth GTX that is being auctioned on AutoHunter, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to show you the Dodge version of the same car to compare their designs. For that reason, this 1971 Dodge Charger R/T is our Pick of the Day. It is for sale on ClassicCars.com by a Michigan dealer. (Click the link to view the listing)

1971 Dodge Charger R/T
1971 Dodge Charger R/T

The Dodge Charger experienced big changes for 1971, much like Plymouth’s Satellite series. For one, the Charger went from being a specialty coupe to a complete range of coupes replacing the Coronet coupes from 1968-70. There was a Charger for every type of consumer: budget-minded (Charger coupe and hardtop), well-appointed (Charger 500), luxury (Charger SE), econo-muscle (Charger Super Bee) and upscale performance (Charger R/T). The Charger R/T continued to feature a standard 440 Magnum, though for 1971 it was rated at 370, down five from 1970. A louvered hood was part of the standard configuration, with the Ram Charger air induction system optional on both 440s and standard on the Hemi. The Charger R/T was also the only Charger to feature simulated door louvers.

440ci V8
440ci V8

Like the GTX, a host of options were available to make your Charger R/T hot or hotter, including urethane body-colored bumpers, and front and rear spoilers. Unlike the GTX, the Charger R/T was available with concealed headlights as an option. The Charger R/T didn’t have several stripe choices like the GTX, as the Charger R/T had standard “body side tape performance stripes” in black with the option to delete them.

1971 Dodge Charger R/T
1971 Dodge Charger R/T

Both the GTX and Charger R/T have their own strengths when it comes to styling. This 1971 Charger R/T gives us a good idea why some people prefer the Dodge. The seller claims the Charger “was completely restored four years ago by a local enthusiast who purchased the car from Michigan” and has been driven only 1,000 miles since. Per the VIN, we know the U code in the fifth character means it has the standard 440 Magnum, though the original engine is long gone. Two interesting options for this car are the concealed headlamps and the black and orange cloth interior, the latter which nicely matches the EV2 Hemi Orange paint. It also has the Ram Charger hood, though the N96 code doesn’t appear on the fender tag so this likely has been added. Wheels are clearly aftermarket.

1971 Dodge Charger R/T
1971 Dodge Charger R/T

So what’ll it be? Do you prefer the GTX or this 1971 Charger R/T? If you’re leaning towards the latter, it’ll make your wallet $59,900 lighter. Considering how crazy 1968-70 Charger prices are these days, that’s a veritable bargain for all the performance and charm in a more modern package.

1971 Dodge Charger R/T

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

8 COMMENTS

  1. This is a Halloween model…special for 1971 across dodge and Plymouth b & e bodies. I almost bought the Road Runner version with the same build date. A06 on the fender tag is October 6th.
    The XV (Black with orange seat Inserts) interior code is either Halloween promo or special order in 1971! 100% guarantee that is a Halloween Promo car!

  2. It’s so a California fender tag which doesnt always carry all info. The V21 is rhe hood paint code that ONLY came with the air grabber so maybe California didnt put EVERY CCode like st. Louis did. Hamtrack & Windsor were really bad a out adding ALL fender tag codes and not all factories did things thr same. ONLY ST. LOUIS put EVERY CODE.

  3. In the pick of the day for February 27, is a 1971 Dodge Charger R/T. In the background of the photo is a White and blue (or green). Ford Bronco. I’m interested. How much?

    • You need to click on the links in the story to get to the actual ad for the Charger, and the contact information for the dealership is there.

  4. Not to nit-pick, but the luxury model would be a SE (Special Edition) model not another 500 model. The SE add-ons could be on a R/T model as long as it didn’t have a hemi (no a/c). SE models had hideaway headlights that could be ordered on other models. Great article on a last year Charger R/T.

    • Actually, you were not nit-picking–you caught a typo I made. I happened to list the Charger 500 twice when it should have read Charger 500 and then Charger SE. It’s now corrected.

      I wouldn’t call AC an “SE add-on” because AC was an option available on every Charger model.

      Thank you for your feedback!

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