All-American Muscle: Three Iconic Dodge Collectibles
Dodge has definitely been the topic of conversation, especially after the recent unveiling of the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 and the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat’s all-new widebody package. Although the “Most Powerful Muscle Car of All Time” title is certainly something Dodge should be proud of, the brand is no stranger to high performance muscle cars. With a historical track record that spans well over 100 years, Dodge has released some of the most memorable muscle cars ever seen, and because of their rarity, muscle car enthusiasts are willing to pay big bucks to own one of these collectibles.
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A
Considered the MVP of muscle cars during that time, there was no Challenger more race-ready than the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A. The Challenger T/A was one of two e-platform (rear wheel drive) vehicle models produced at the time, which only adds to its value and rarity. Additionally, in order to race in the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans American Sedan Championship Trans Am, Dodge was required to sell production editions of the track car – basically, a retail version of the muscle car for the street. Dodge only produced 2,539 Challenger T/A units, and even then, the street version was more powerful than its race-ready twin.
Once equipped with now-famous “Six Pack” carburetion by Dodge, the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 cubic-inch V8 engine had an output rating of 294 horsepower, but could ultimately generate as much as 354 horsepower. The goal of the carburetion is to mix just the right amount of gas and air to ensure that the engine runs properly. Today, the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A can still kill a quarter-mile in the mid-14 second range and can go up against most muscles cars recently produced with a modified suspension and disc brakes.
1992 Dodge Viper RT/10
Due to its bold and audacious styling, the 1992 Viper RT/10 had some serious curb appeal during the time of its release. It was first debuted at the 1989 Detroit Auto Show as a concept vehicle, the Dodge Viper RT/10 was definitely a handful for even the most experienced drivers. The 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 was equipped with a standard 8.0-liter V10 engine from the Dodge Ram truck division, and with a little help from Lamborghini as well. The engine packed quite a punch at 400 horsepower, 450 lb-ft of torque, and was paired to a six speed manual transmission for the total knock-out. At an original top speed of 164 mph, the Viper RT/10 could hit 60 mph in less than five seconds.
Similar to its future sibling, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 was also built with minimal hardware for maximum performance. The Viper was sold without a roof, side windows, or air conditioning. Obviously, during those hot summer days, driving the Viper wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience, so the A/C was added the following year in 1993. Only the brave got behind the wheel of this deadly snake, as the 1992 Dodge Viper didn’t have traction control or ABS brakes.
1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 HEMI Convertible
One of the rarest American muscle cars in existence to date is the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 HEMI Convertible. There were only two of these classics produced. Yes, only two. It was initially introduced in the mid-1950’s but returned in 1965 as the Dodge brand’s crown jewel. Although, there were only two 1970 Coronets ever produced, the very first one was actually released in 1967. The 1970’s model was the first to receive the R/T makeover, with an enhanced engine included. The R/T makeover included the vehicle receiving a restyled front and rear, and most noticeably in its split front grille with chrome surrounds.
The 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 HEMI Convertible is a muscle-car legend. Equipped with a 426 cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine and a four-speed manual transmission, this monster could put out 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. It was capable of hitting 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which may not seem very fast to us today, but back then, it was simply breathtaking. The R/T versions were not sold in large quantities – only 2,319 hardtops and 296 convertibles were sold. Of these, only 14 were equipped with the 426 HEMI engine and just two of those were convertibles. It’s very clear why the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 HEMI Convertible is an incredibly special and rare collectors item.
From the vintage classics to the more modernized vehicles, there is nothing quite like driving an iconic All-American muscle car. Here at University Dodge, we offer plenty of new and used Dodge Muscle Cars. Come stop by our location in Davie, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection.