Witness the Unforgettable Revival of a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A as it Breaks Free from Decades of Dormancy -116

𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨'𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘧𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘤𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳. 𝘚𝘢𝘺 𝘢 1970 𝘋𝘰𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘛/𝘈.

If it looks familiar, it's because I've already introduced you to this Mopar. It happened earlier in May 2023 when Tom Cotter, Hagerty's barn find prospector, found it sitting in a warehouse. It had been parked in the same spot for about 26 years but hadn't been driven since 1984. That's right; this rare and valuable Challenger sat almost untouched for 39 years.

But despite not getting a sip of gasoline in almost four decades, the 340-cubic-inch (5.6-liter) V8 engine under the hood agreed to fire up and run for a short while.

A couple of weeks have passed since then, and Tom returned to show us how he managed to fix the drivetrain and put the Challenger T/A back on the road.

Fortunately enough, the muscle car was in surprisingly good condition after so much time in storage. While almost 40 years of sitting can damage a vehicle, this Challenger got very lucky and soldiered on without major rust issues or a locked-up powerplant.

Granted, it also got a lot more attention than the average barn find, which can make a massive difference, but it's still amazing that it emerged out of the warehouse still in one piece.

As for the 340 V8 "Six Pack," it needed a lot of work to bounce back. Tom had to fix a vacuum leak and pull out the carburetors and the intake manifold for much-needed repairs. He also replaced a gasket and fitted the car with a new fuel pump and fuel tank.

But I think it was a far easier mission than a complete engine rebuild. And seeing such a cool muscle car being returned to public roads is priceless.

Speaking of which, this Challenger T/A is not only rare by production numbers. It's also a rare gem in terms of originality. Because while Dodge built more than 2,000 T/As in 1970, very few of them made it to 2023 with all the sheet metal and internals still intact.

Not to mention still wearing the factory finish. Yup, this Mopar is one of those unrestored and unmolested survivors. The kind that crosses the auction block for six-figure sums.

A one-year-only version, the T/A was launched in 1970 as a homologation special, enabling Dodge to race the Challenger in the SCCA Trans Am series. While the race-spec car had a 303-cubic-inch (5.0-liter) V8, the production model arrived with a "Six Pack" version of the regular 340 V8.

It was rated at 290 horsepower. The Challenger T/A also came with extras like a low-restriction exhaust with side-exiting pipes, a larger air scoop, a fiberglass hood, and a heavy-duty suspension system.

Dodge built 2,399 units of the T/A in 1970. Although the company planned a similar model for 1971, the revised T/A was canceled following Dodge's withdrawal from the series.

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