Some say that with each official mention of Dodge’s 2024 eMuscle battery-powered effort, the price of classic muscle cars goes up by [insert favorite number here]. And while that may or may not be true, the undeniably booming prices of Golden Era muscle, which will admittedly get to the deep end of your wallet, also has positive effects, such as buyers paying attention to rough examples they might’ve overlooked otherwise. Case in point with these 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T and Charger R/T.
These slabs of muscle history share quite a few aspects, starting with the obvious Plum Crazy, one of the most memorable colors to have come out of the classic Mopar era—this explains why we brought the separate pieces together for this story, nickname included.
As you can easily notice, both have had their fair share of bad times over the years, as the dominant color here is now rust. However, the coupes, which have been initially rescued by the Georgia-based specialists over at mopars5150, are included in a 60-car sale set to take place in Cleveland early next month (Feb. 4-6).
Both came to the world as hooning-prepped R/T models back in 1970 and while the info on the Charger is limited, there are some extra details for the Challenger.
The… smaller brother used to be a big-block Mopar—both of the cars have lost their powertrains—sporting a 383 ci (6.3L) V8 and a four-speed manual. And these firepower details can be confirmed by the fender tag, VIN, and body stamps, which have all survived.
While the white tail stripe still talks about the kind of aura this Dodge displayed back in the day—note that we’re feasting our eyes on the original paint here—we can hardly say the same about the state of the black vinyl top.
And while the only available image of the Challenger R/T doesn’t allow us to properly check out the cabin, the Instagram post below talks about the Rallye dash being accompanied by a pair of seats featuring salt and pepper inserts.
Another post, which covers the financial side of all the vehicles looking for a home via the upcoming event, lets us know that while the Challenger can be had for $9,000 (EUR at the current exchange rates), the Charger comes with a price of $11,000. This, of course, confirms the said lack of oily bits and we can only imagine the monsters certain builders would throw in there.
Sure, some enthusiasts dream of turning such rusty beauties into seven-figure builds that eclipse contemporary showroom material, but who says the rough nature can’t be preserved for the final stage of the project?