The Dodge Challenger T/A (Trans Am) was a 1-year-only racing homologation car. In order to race in the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Trans American Sedan Championship, Chrysler had to build a street version of its race car (just like Plymouth with its Plymouth 'Cuda AAR), which it called the Dodge Challenger T/A (Trans Am). This 1970 Challenger T/A is one of just 2142 built, and sports a date-code correct 340 engine and numbers-matching 4-speed manual transmission. Mileage is 57,426 and represented to be original to the car. Technically, this could be called a two tag car even though the second tag merely says TRANS AM on it. That's awfully cool, and proves that this car is the real deal. The rest of the fender tag information reads as follows:E55 340-6 BarrelD21 Heavy Duty 4-Speed Manual Transmission
JH23J = Dodge ChallengerH = High23 = 2 Door Hardtop
J0BJ = 340 290HP 3-2BBL 8 CYL0 = 1970B = Dodge Main, Hamtramck, MI, USA
296404 Sequence Number '296404'
EB5 Paint Code: Bright Blue Metallic / Blue Fire Irid
H6B5 Trim Grade/Style/ColorH = High6 = Vinyl Bucket SeatsB5 = Medium Blue
000 Upper Door Frame: Full Door Panel403 Date Built: 4 / 03 / 1970095377 Order Number: 095377EB5 Roof Type OR Color: Bright Blue Metallic / Blue Fire IridescentA53 Trans Am PackageB51 Power Assisted BrakesC16 Console w/ BucketsC55 Bucket SeatsG34 Left Hand Outside Mirror - Manual / Painted / RacingJ45 Hood Tie Down PinsJ54 Sport Hood 70-1J82 Rear Spoiler Duck TailM21 Roof Drip Rail MoldingsN44 Standard Exit Exhaust AAR TAN94 Fresh Air Hood FiberglassR11 Music Master Radio AMV6H Longitudinal Stripes - Trans-Am BlackY05 Built to U.S. Specifactations26 26 in. RadiatorEN1 End of Codes Assembly Line 1This car has obviously been fully restored to an excellent standard. Paint and body work are well done, and I can't find any evidence of replacement sheet-metal anywhere on the car, so it must have been very clean to start or the workmanship is astoundingly nice. Panel gaps are excellent, and the bright blue iridescent paint is a base/clear urethane that sparkles in the sunlight. The satin black decals are excellent reproductions, and I'm so glad there's no vinyl roof. The hood scoop is in outstanding condition, and the little Trans-Am style ducktail spoiler on the trunk fits well and follows the contours of the trunk better than it did from the factory. Chrome and bright work is also in great shape, with clean bumpers, sharp stainless trim, and new chrome trumpets on the exhaust pipes exiting in front of the wheels. The glass is in great shape and looks new. Although the race cars ran a de-stroked version of the 340, street versions like this one took the 340 and added a trio of two-barrel carburetors atop an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, creating the 340 Six Pack. Dodge rated the 340 Six Pack at 290 horsepower, only 15 horses more than the original 340 engine (and coincidentally the same rating as the Camaro Z/28 and Mustang Boss 302). There are some who claim it actually made about 320 horsepower, but no matter how you measure it, this is one strong running Challenger. Low-restriction dual exhausts ran to the stock muffler location under the trunk, then reversed direction to exit in chrome tipped "megaphone" outlets in front of the rear wheels. It absolutely cackles on the street, especially now that RK Motors Charlotte has installed new, correct mufflers. The engine in this car is a date-code correct replacement 340 that has been properly detailed for show. The Hemi Orange paint is shiny and fresh, the hoses and clamps are the correct ones (including the one that was installed before the engine was painted and gets a coat of orange), and the 340 Six Pack decal on the air cleaner lid is an exact reproduction. The engine shows very little use since it was restored even the exhaust manifolds are shiny and clean. Just within the last 90 days, all three carburetors have been rebuilt and all main engine seals replaced. So that the T/A runs cool, the original water pump was rebuilt. A new Group 24 battery was just installed for that factory-fresh show look. The 4-speed manual is the original transmission for this car, and with it, the rest of the chassis was fully detailed at the time of restoration. The restorer used body schutz under the paint, which I do on my own cars as well it gives a textured finish that is incredibly durable and dulls the sound, without resorting to heavy undercoating that always looks aftermarket. It suggests that this car was restored with a lot of forethought going into how it would be used, and I'd call this one a top-flight driver that will be an absolutely blast to drive. In terms of smiles per mile, it's hard to top a road-race-bred small block car with a manual transmission. The rolling stock consists of 15-inch Rallye wheels with reproduction Goodyear Polyglas tires for an original look. The Challenger T/A was among the first production vehicles to use different size tires front and rear: E60x15 fronts, and G60x15 in back. The interior on the T/As was strictly stock Challenger, which is a good thing. This one has all-new upholstery, carpets, headliner, and door panels, all in the correct medium blue color. The console has been restored, and the dash is full of clean, bright gauges. The pistol-grip shifter is always way cool, and I can't think of a better way to bang through the gears. Blue seat belts are present for safety, and the steering wheel has been restored. The trunk is properly detailed with a space saver spare and fill can, new mat, and correct jack assembly. No detail has been overlooked in the restoration of this rare T/A.Over the last few months, this T/A has been gone through from top to bottom mechanically and is as close to perfect as you will find. Unfortunately, the race Challenger T/A was not competitive, due to the fact that they had to be large enough to accommodate engines as large as the 426 Hemi, and 440, however it would turn low 14s in the quarter mile, which would do any small block muscle car proud. The T/A would only be available for 1970 as Dodge pulled out of Trans Am racing shortly thereafter. This car stands as a 1-year tribute to that incredible racing series. If you're like me and know that a high-winding small block engine is the key to spectacular all-around performance, then this gorgeous Challenger T/A should not be overlooked. As we always said when I was building race cars: I can get my small block car around the track faster than your big block car. This Challenger T/A is proof. Call today!
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