The 1970 Charger R/T 440, Housing an Ultra Rare Surprise, Awaits Your Admiration - 032

Will the enduring allure of late '60s and early '70s Dodge Chargers ever wane, or will these classic muscle cars forever remain a divine gift from an almighty automotive deity, primarily revered by American enthusiasts?

It seems the fervor for these iconic Chargers hasn't abated since their first roll-off the factory floor, so the resounding answer is a firm no. Nevertheless, every so often, a gem emerges to remind us that not all Chargers from that era were created equal. Some stand out as exceptionally rare and special, provided you know where to cast your gaze.

Consider this remarkable 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, sporting a formidable 440-cubic inch (7.2-L) V8, the largest engine option available for these cars. At first glance, it exudes the quintessential 1970 Charger charm.

The genuine Chrysler Code F8 Dark Green paint gleams resplendently in the sunlight, while the wheel and tire combination, though ultimately aftermarket replacements, maintain the essence of OEM design. So, what sets this Charger apart?

Why does it command a $90,000 price tag from an eBay seller in Roseville, Michigan? To answer these questions, let's take another look at its exterior, with special attention to the roof.

Do you see it now? Indeed, this Charger boasts the exceedingly rare Gator Top roof-liner option, a choice seldom exercised during the 1970 model year.

Achieving the iconic gator skin pattern involves layering multiple sheets of vinyl fabric, and specialized machines etch the intricate pattern through each layer before bonding it to the Charger's roof, akin to the process used for Landau tops in luxury vehicles.

If you have a penchant for classic muscle cars adorned with elusive and captivating OEM optional accessories, be prepared to bring a larger-sized cup for your enthusiasm.

Beyond the roof, this Charger embodies the timeless appeal that has endured for over half a century. The previous owner invested generously in preserving its shine and vitality, making it almost as expensive as a new Charger.

Perhaps that's why the current asking price seems justifiable. Featuring a four-on-the-floor A833 manual transmission and a 3.54 Dana 60 rear end, this classic American sports coupe promises exhilarating driving experiences, provided the right driver with the requisite skills takes the helm.

Nevertheless, it's hard not to ponder whether you could acquire a modern Dodge Charger Hellcat for a similar sum. But, given the choice, which one would you prefer to commandeer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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