Lots of Potential: 1974 Dodge Challenger Project – Sold!
With only two pictures and one sentence provided in their post, we don’t have much to go on other than pointing out this final year Challenger first listed in March 2020 on Craigslist in Felton, Delaware appears solid enough to become the foundation for a great street machine build. A quick review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Challenger priced at less than half the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) condition of $10,800.
Introduced for the 1970 model year, the Challenger was one of two Chrysler E-body cars, the other being the slightly smaller Plymouth Barracuda. Positioned to compete against the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird in the upper end of the pony car segment, Many felt it was a six-year late response by Dodge to Ford’s Mustang. Despite being late to the party, Chrysler intended the new Challenger as the most powerful pony car available and like the less expensive Barracuda, was available in a staggering number of trim and option levels, and with virtually every engine available by Chrysler.
The Challenger’s longer wheelbase, larger dimensions, and more luxurious interior were prompted by the launch of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, likewise a bigger, more luxurious and more expensive pony car aimed at affluent young American buyers. The 110 inch wheelbase was 2 inches longer than the Barracuda’s, and the Dodge differed substantially in its sheetmetal, much as the Cougar differed from the shorter-wheelbase Mustang. With 1971 being the sole exception, the front ends of both cars differed from each other in that the Challenger had four headlights and the Barracuda had only two.
While 1970 was a successful launch year for the Challenger, the pony car segment was already declining by the time the Dodge arrived. Sales fell dramatically after 1970, and though sales rose for the 1973 model year with over 27,800 cars being sold, Challenger production ceased midway through the 1974 model year. A total of 165,437 first generation Challengers were sold.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1974 Challenger restoration project lots of possibilities.“
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