Challenger Disaster: 1974 Dodge Challenger R/T – SOLD?

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday, NEW Award

July 31st Update – While updating our past Malaise Monday listings, we confirmed the Craigslist post for this car Mopar expired, so with no replacement ad found so we’re assuming this overpriced Challenger “Sold?” however we will keep our eyes open for an updated listing if that turns out to not be the case.

June 22 Update:  Six months gone and we find this 1974 Dodge Challenger R/T we originally featured in January could not find a buyer at $27,500.  We see in his latest post that reality has set in some what as he’s lowered his asking price $6,500 to $21,000.  That’s much closer to the #3 Condition of $19,900 but still too far from the $14,400 #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) this anything-but-original example will likely end up fetching.  Good luck with the purchase!

Since when do rear window slats, a hideous J.C. Whitney special tacked-on rear spoiler, a mis-matched driver’s side front fender, poorly fitted seat covers, a late-seventies under-dash-mounted Pioneer cassette tape deck, and a Moroso chrome air cleaner count as “ALL Original”?  That’s what the private seller of this 1974 Dodge Challenger R/T listed on Craigslist in Howell, New Jersey claims in his post to apparently justify his asking price of $27,500. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Challenger priced only $700 less than the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $27,200.   Based on the aforementioned modifications, we’re convinced the seller is at least $10,000 too high and for that we award him our latest NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award.

Look, we’re willing to throw an olive branch and acknowledge this Challenger has only 34K original miles, and is nicely equipped with power steering, power brakes, and factory air conditioning.  However, all those modifications have us convinced those low miles were racked up one quarter mile at a time.  Why the cheap seat covers? We’re willing to bet they’re not protecting like-new fabric on the bucket seats. “One owner” in the description and no plates on the car has us convinced Scott at bought this Challenger from the original owner, so call it what it is:  a two-owner car!

If you’re looking for a nicely optioned, last model year Challenger with excellent potential, you may have a winner on your hands if you can do an excellent job convincing the seller his car is not anywhere close to worth what he wants currently.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“Challenger 1974 RT

ALL Original
Power Bakes
Power Steering
Turn Key
Asking $21,000 or bet offer

Do you have a Challenger story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment

  1. T. Baker

    They did not make R/T’s in 1974


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