Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hot Rod Hemi

In the 1970's, muscle cars were at the height of their popularity and just about every automobile manufacturer produced some type of hot rod to keep up with the demand. There were several models of the Challenger made between 1970-1974, but the Challenger with the Hemi 426 is without a doubt the most highly sought after model of this time period. The Challenger was intended to be the most powerful car of its kind in existence at that point in time, and was hoping to compete against the Cougar and other popular pony cars.

Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hot Rod Hemi

Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hot Rod Hemi

The design work on the exterior of the Challenger was done by Carl Cameron who also had a part in designing the 1966 Dodge Charger. The demand for pony cars started declining about the same time the challenger was put into production. As a result the 1970-1974 Challenger series sold less than 200,000 cars and production was halted mid-way through 1974. There were many excellent cars made around this time, but I think perhaps the 1970 Dodge Challenger RT 426 is one of the most under-rated cars of all time. I had the opportunity to test drive one of these Hemi powered beasts a few years ago, it is truly amazing how well the Challenger performs!

The Challenger has a longer wheelbase than many of the other hot rods made in the 1970's, this makes for some excellent handling. The Hemi engine in this baby sounds beautiful, and certainly has all the power you need. After I got used to the car, I wasn't scared in the least of taking curves at high speed, this car loves to hug the curves. You have no idea how fun one of these are to drive until you get behind the wheel yourself! I personally think the Challenger would have made very tough competition with other similar cars back in the day, it simply entered the market a little too late.

This is truly an awesome car, the Challenger series is one of the best things Dodge has ever done in my opinion. The Challenger puts out 425 Horsepower at 5000 rpms, and runs a quarter mile in 13 seconds flat. Not very many of these were sold due to the fact they were not very popular when new, but they are now highly sought after classics that are hard to find. If you ever have the chance to snag yourself one of these, do not hesitate! This is one of the best cars ever made.

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