This 1970 Dodge Challenger Restomod isn't a disappointing way to spend $100,000
Has been through a restoration job worth double its price tag
Restomods have been retailing at sky-high prices. But then, they are vessels of passion combining old-school styling with modern-day mechanicals. The skill, knowledge and expertise required to put those together in perfect sync don’t come cheap. So why would you expect this resto modded 1970 Dodge Charger to be any different?
Listed out on eBay at $99,990, by Specialty Sales Classics out of El Cerrito, California, this 70s Charger is said to have just 2954 miles on the clock and three owners in its lifetime. While the latter may invite some frowning eyebrows, the last owner stated that this car underwent a nut and bolt restoration before his purchase which saw a total of $200,000 being spent on the car’s restoration and its subsequent labour costs. If my maths is correct, which is rare, that’s almost double the price at which its being sold!
Finished in one of the most fantastic colour names I’ve ever heard, Prowler Plum Purple, virtually every exterior trim piece such as the badging, the lights, the chrome bits is new.
Under the hood lies a brand new MOPAR 360 Magnum V8 engine mated to a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. Although the seller didn’t mention the power figures, this Magnum 360 V8 is claimed to produce around 230-250hp and 450Nm of torques. Said to be the predecessor to the iconic 5.7-litre Hemi V8, this power mill, back in its hay day, is known to have done duty in vehicles like the Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango and even the 90s Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Stepping inside this Charger is like stepping in the 70s. The cabin greets you with faux wood, leather and plastic. The immaculate multi-dial instrument cluster has been retained while the gear lever now comes with a pistol-grip. There’s an aftermarket stereo system as well but would you really bother with that when you have your own orchestra under the bonnet.
While the listing has ended on the eBay platform, it doesn’t say ‘Sold’ yet. If your eyes liked what they saw and propelled your hands to get twitchy, contacting the seller might not be a bad option. I suppose Dominic Toretto would!