#'S MATCHING 440 MAGNUM, TRACK PAK OPTION, ORIGINAL COLOR COMBO, NICE MOPAR!
Right now, the Dodge Charger is money in the bank; everybody wants one. The 1968-1970 models are appreciating by the moment, it seems, but the more expensive they get, the more this 1971 Dodge Charger SE looks like a smart buy. With a burly 440, a 4-speed gearbox, and a sleek, unadorned look, this Charger deserves to be part of the legend.
Perhaps the most obvious sign that the tide is changing on these cars is the quality of the restoration on this beautiful matching-numbers SE. It's been refinished pretty much the way it came from the factory using the original GA4 Gunmetal Gray paint and we have to agree with the choice. It just looks brutal. Experts will note it should have black stripes, but they were omitted to give the car a cleaner, sleeker look and it works rather well on Chrysler's updated fuselage styling. You can see Charger DNA running through this car's veins in the hidden headlights and chrome bumper surround, and that long, long hood was designed to hold the biggest engines in the Chrysler arsenal. The finish is quite good with two-stage paint giving it a deep, rich shine and panel gaps are excellent all around, a detail that's critical on these later Chargers. A single pinstripe highlights the curving fender lines and while it was originally ordered with a vinyl "canopy" top, they restored it with an ultra-sleek look instead.
The black interior was equally well restored, with beautiful vinyl and cloth seat covers on the original seats. It's kind of unusual to see a bench seat in a Charger, especially one with a 4-speed, but that's another detail that makes this car special. New carpets and door panels give it a factory fresh look and new wood appliques on the dash and steering wheel add some contrast to all the black. Original Rallye gauges offer a fairly complete view of the engine and the markings are still bright and crisp. The factory-issued AM radio is still fully functional and in the trunk you'll find a new dash pad and heater core, just in case you want to upgrade it in the future. The back seat offers almost a bucket seat type setup and the trunk is outfitted with a correct mat, spare tire, and jack assembly.
The engine is the car's original, numbers-matching 440 cubic inch V8, and before you think this is some smog-choked motor, guess again, because 1971 was still responsible for some of the most potent hardware of the era. The engine bay is tidy but not detailed for show, but it's also quite stock, with a factory air cleaner up top, Hemi Orange paint on the engine itself, and even cast iron exhaust manifolds with their heat risers intact. It starts easily and makes the kind of effortless big block torque that makes the Charger a blast to drive, particularly with a 4-speed manual transmission and acceleration-happy 4.10 gears in the Dana 60 out back. The undercarriage is pretty original but when it's in good condition, there's no need to take it apart. The dual exhaust system uses glasspack-style mufflers for an incredible big block sound and there are new shocks all around plus fresh front-end components. The industrial-strength look is completed by a set of steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps and F70-15 Goodyear Polyglas tires, as original.
This is an incredibly rare car with a great look and huge performance and it's only a matter of time before these later Chargers take their place with the other great Mopar muscle cars. Call today!
- Numbers Matching
- AM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Exterior Color
- Gunmetal Gray
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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