Color Change: 1970 Dodge Charger 383/Auto – SOLD!

by | Jul 2023 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

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August 3, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

July 27, 2023 Update – We noticed the seller actually increased their asking price from the original request of $37,500 to $38,500.

Nothing calls out styling trend changes more than color.  Looking back through automotive history, you can review cars from various periods to see what were the popular colors of the time.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, dark green was a popular color choice for cars and kitchens alike.  Time marches on, and so do people’s tastes, so what might be a trendy color for a car today may quickly look dated in a few model years.

The seller of this red-over-black 1970 Dodge Charger for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in July 2023 on Long Island, notes their driver-quality example originally left the factory as a green-over-green example.  While the seller notes the transmission number matches the car’s VIN tag, they do not make the same claim about the 383 cubic inch “L” Code V8 mated to it.  This is a nice driver-quality example that likely received a restoration at some point that now can be refreshed or continue to enjoy in its present condition.

Last offered for $38,500 (the original ask was $37,500),, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is at the lower end of this guide’s one-year results summary for all second-generation Dodge Chargers sold at auction.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for in the past rolling twelve months:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $29,800 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $42,500 before making adjustments for the 383 cubi inch V8 and other desirable options.

Chrysler produced the second-generation Dodge Charger for the 1968 through 1970 model years.  The 1970 Dodge Charger featured a bold and aggressive design that set it apart from its competitors. Its long, sleek body with a fastback roofline coke bottle side profile gave it a streamlined and aerodynamic appearance. The front end was dominated by a unique split grille with a center divider flanked by quad headlights on either side. The grille and headlight design was reminiscent of a shark’s mouth, contributing to the Charger’s menacing look.

The rear of the Charger had a distinctive full-width taillight panel that spanned the entire width of the car. It featured the iconic “CHARGER” lettering in bold chrome letters across the center of the panel. This rear design and the hidden headlights on the front added to the Charger’s distinctive and unmistakable appearance.

Dodge offered the 1970 Charger was offered with a range of powerful engines, catering to various performance preferences. The base model came equipped with a 225 cubic inch (3.7L) slant-six engine capable of producing around 145 horsepower. However, the high-performance engine options defined Charger’s muscle car reputation.  The most famous and powerful engine option was the 426 cubic inch (7.0L) Hemi V8. The legendary Hemi engine produced an astounding 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, making it a true street racing beast. It was notoriously fast and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. The car featured here came equipped with Dodge’s “L” Code 383 cubic inch mill topped with a two-barrel carburetor that produced 290 horsepower.

The interior of the 1970 Dodge Charger featured a driver-oriented design with a sporty and functional layout. The dashboard was straightforward, with easily accessible controls and gauges, while the center console housed the gear shifter and other essential functions.  The Charger offered ample seating space for up to five passengers, with supportive bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the rear. The materials used for the interior were often a combination of vinyl, cloth, and woodgrain trim. As for features, the ’70 Charger could be equipped with amenities such as air conditioning, power windows, and power-adjustable seats, although some of these were optional extras. The focus, however, was on raw driving performance rather than luxury amenities.

The 1970 Dodge Charger gained even more popularity due to its appearances in various films and television shows. One of the most famous appearances was in the movie “The Dukes of Hazzard,” where a customized Charger named the “General Lee” became a central character and an enduring symbol of American muscle cars.

Today, the 1970 Dodge Charger is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, with its value appreciating significantly over the years. Restored and well-maintained examples fetch high prices at auctions, and the car’s reputation as a legendary muscle car remains firmly intact. The 1970 Charger’s combination of bold design, powerful engines, and cultural significance ensures its place in automotive history as a true classic.

The Cars & Stripes YouTube Channel features this 1969 Dodge Charger commercial:

We rarely come across a second-generation Dodge Charger that remains a nicely unmodified, driver-quality example.  This 1970 Dodge Charger for sale might turn off some because of the color change from green to red, but candidly these cars look better in bright colors.  From our perspective, the world has plenty of over-restored 1970 Dodge Chargers. We hope the next caretaker elects to fix minor blemishes in between cruises.

If you are serious about buying this Charger, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Dodge Muscle Car featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1970 Charger 383 auto that presents itself well, as you can see, with nice gaps and lines. Glass is very nice and windows roll up and down with ease! Engine runs strong and car drives well (timing could use a slight adjustment bc of cranking slow at times). Car was originally green/green and changed sometime many years ago. Trim tag is pictured and matches vin tag. Trans has numbers on it and is the original transmission! Has some rust bubbling issues here and there but floors and frame are solid, as you can see! 90% of the vinyl roof is pretty nice but a small % has small tears on the passenger side rear and were repaired by an amateur to make it look good from 10-20 feet away and it looks ok, for now. The car runs and drives well with no issues but the headlight doors do not work. The tach doesn’t work either, other gauges work fine. I have a running video that I can send to your phone. This is a presentable driver that you can repair slowly as you drive it without paying $90k – $110k for a finished one. Or leave it as it is and drive a presentable Charger for $37k! Call with questions and thanks for looking.

Restore or Drive as-is? What would you do with this 1970 Dodge Charger for sale? Please comment below and let us know!


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