1973 Dodge Challenger R/T Clone – Sold?

Jan 2021 | Classifind Cut, Classifinds, Malaise Monday

January 24, 2021 Update – we just noticed the listing “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

January 17, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the private seller of this Plymouth Barracuda just lowered their asking price by $4,000 to $31,000 in the original listing.

Produced only four model years from 1970 through 1974, it’s hard to believe the first-generation Dodge Challenger inspired a modern interpretation that has been a consistent seller for twelve model years dating back to 2008.  If you prefer having a first-generation version and one with serious power on tap, then this Sassy Green 1973 example built as a 440 R/T tribute originally listed in January 2021 on Craigslist in Bayside, New York may be the ticket for you. By 1973, the R/T version was no more and although the body style remained the same throughout the first-generation Challenger’s five-year run, there were two notable changes to the front grille. The 1971 models had a “split” grille, while 1972 introduced a design that extended the grille (nicknamed the “sad-mouth”) beneath the front bumper. With this change to the front end, 1972 through 1974 models had little to no variation. The only way to properly distinguish them is that the 1972s had flush-mounted bumpers with no bumper guards, (small bumper guards were optional), while both the 1973 and 1974 models had the protruding “5 mph (8.0 km/h)” bumpers (with a rubber-type filler behind them) in conjunction with large bumper guards.

The current caretaker of this Challenger 440 R/T tribute currently has it listed for $35,000.  The Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the ask is exactly at this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate.  Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point based on a stock 340 V8-powered car confirms the private seller has their Challenger priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $29,800, and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $43,300.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For Sale
1973 Dodge Challanger RT Clone

Amazing Sassy Green Paint some chips from driving but over all nice.
Black Vinyl Roof.
Black Interior Buckets and Console
Not Torn or Worn.
Pistol Grip Shifter.
Rally Gas Cap
440 Magnum CI Motor not Matching but period Correct.
4Speed transmission , Same
Underbody Clean and Previous Under Coated.
Disc Brakes in Front and Drums in Rear.
Duel custom Exhaust 2 1/2 inch
Custom Chrome Exhaust tips
14 inch BF Goodrich Radials with Mopar Rally Rims.
Custom Hood RT and Side Panel Treatments.
Hood Pins Installed.
New Battery.
Blue tooth Radio with phone feature
Rear window louvers.
Extra Gauges under dash.
Doors and Body Panels Straight no Rust
Runs Excellent Fast as F^*k, some cabin noise from the Duel exhaust
Mileage unknown 60,000 on Speedo
Dash bulbs changes to Green looks great at night.
Dash Pad can be Changed out.
Excellent Running Car a Must See
Price Flexable for the right Buyer
Contact Rick text for Appointment to see. No wire transfers, or Checks Acceptable”

Show or go: what would you do with this low-mileage Malibu?  Comment below and let us know!

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