10 Almost Forgotten Things About the 1970 Dodge Charger

The fall of 1969 was an exciting time for Dodge Charger fans. The 1970 model was part of the coveted second generation, but had its own unique styling and appearance that set it apart from the other two years of the group. Maybe this is why it was chosen to be the Charger that many collectors and muscle car enthusiasts look for, or maybe it was the R/T car that came with the biggest engines Dodge had in production. Either way, there’s no question that the 1970 Dodge Charger is a car revered by many, with only a few having the privilege of driving it. Let’s take a look at some things that may have been forgotten so that this amazing car can be brought back to life in hearts and souls around the world.


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10/10 The charger seen in “Fast & Furious”

A parked black 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE
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Front and partial side view of a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE

Perhaps the most famous Dodge Charger of all time is the beautiful 1970 black that Dom kept in his garage in Fast and Furious, eventually using it to catch bandits on motorcycles. It ends with a dramatic wreck that leaves the Charger completely behind. It is one of the most exciting chase, racing and crash scenes to be found in any movie. The car may not have made a significant part of the movie like the tuners the street racing world loves, but its appearance in the storyline can never be forgotten, propelling the 1970 Dodge Charger to stardom forever.

9/10 440 Six Pack available for the first time

A Parked Dodge Charger R/T Six-Pack Engine
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View of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Six-Pack Engine

For the first time in Dodge Charger history, the 440 six-pack was an available engine in the R/T version. This engine is not the most powerful option available, but it is by far the most impressive. It sat edge to edge in the engine bay, with a trio of two-barrel carburetors atop the intake. The middle 350 CFM Holley carb was used in everyday riding, while the other 500 CFM carbs were used when stomping on the throttle. As it is, straight off the production lines, this impressive engine could put out 375 horses and crushing torque of 490 pound-feet.

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8/10 Pack of 500 was all on display!

A parked Dodge Charger 500.  from 1970
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Front and partial side view of a 1970 white Dodge Charger 500

In 1969, having a Dodge Charger 500 meant it was built for the racetrack. It was the NASCAR version of the car that was produced to compete with the Ford Torino that was clearing up at the tracks across the country. However, starting in 1970, the 500 was a simple package that could be added to the base-level charger. It was little more than a fancy nameplate, which remained well below the R/T model that quickly became one of the best-selling chargers of the year.

7/10 SE editions were luxury mixed with muscle power

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Front and side view of a 1970 Dodge Charger SE

In the early 1970s, automakers were trying to figure out how to meet upcoming emissions and safety regulations without losing a ton of power. It was no different with Dodge, although it always seemed to hold out until the last minute before changes were made. In this case, that hesitation benefited Charger enthusiasts as the company produced an SE version of the car. It had the basic features of the original model, but it had more stylized interior components to enhance the car’s luxury status. The 1970 SE Charger included wood and vinyl seats, a wood-wrapped steering wheel, a wood grain dashboard and an instrument panel, making it a truly special car.

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6/10 R/T models were unique

A parked orange 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
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Rear and side view of a Dodge Charger R/T . from 1970

The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, which stands for road and track, is truly a unique car. The base engine of this car was the 440 Magnum, but it could be upgraded to the 440 six-pack or even the top-of-the-line 426 Hemi. All three engines are designed for muscle power, which is what the R/T is all about. This model is meant to be fast enough to win on the track, but docile enough to play on the roads and highways across the country. The R/T already had some extra luxury in 1970, but when the SE option was added, the owner had a unique car designed for speed and built for comfort.

5/10 New eye-catching colors available

A parked orange 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
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Side view of a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

One thing is certain when a Dodge Charger is in the driveway, the owner is not afraid to stand out, which the average Charger does. The eye-catching colors that came as an option for 1970 created a base car that definitely stands out. Some of the colors that could be chosen were Sublime, Banana Yellow, Orange and Go Mango. They are all unique colors designed to draw attention to the car that was already drawing all the attention the driver took it to.

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4/10 A full chrome front bumper for extra bling

A parked Dodge Charger R/T .  from 1970
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Front and side view of a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T

A problem that often arises when looking for a specific car make, model and year is that the others within the same generation look exactly like this. Unless a small detail catches your eye, it’s not that hard to confuse them. Fortunately, the 1970 Dodge Charger was the first year of the large metal front bumper. In fact, it was so big that it twisted around the edges of the car and ran down the side a little way. This aspect of the 1970 Dodge Charger makes it easy to distinguish from the ’68 and ’69.

3/10 NASCAR 10-time winner in 1970

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Side and partial front view of a 1969 Dodge hemi Daytona NASCAR car

In 1970, Bobby Isaac won 11 of the NASCAR track races. This is important because he drove a 1970 orange Dodge Charger with a 383 Magnum and a four-speed pistol-grip transmission. Isaac took pole many times and won more races on the track in ’70 than any other car or driver. To round out his exceptional year with the Charger, he also won the final race, making him the track champion of the year. This in turn makes the Charger the best car of 1970 for anyone who loves racing, even on the street.

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2/10 426 Hemi car had the most power; Not the 440 Six Pack

A Parker 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T engine
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Shot of a 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T engine

One of the biggest misconceptions about the 1970 Dodge Charger is that the 440 six-pack is the most powerful engine out there. The numbers don’t lie, though, meaning the 426 had more power and could accelerate the 440 Magnum and six-pack. The 426 Hemi could push 425 horses out with 490 pound-feet of torque. The 440 six-pack could only produce 390 horsepower, but could match the torque. The 440 Magnum could only reach 375 horsepower and 480 foot-pounds of torque, making the Hemi the most powerful option.

1/10 “If you ever finish first, you could be evasive material”

A parked 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE
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Rear view of a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE

In 1970, there were a few slogans Dodge used to grab consumer attention. The one that sticks with me the most is “If you ever finish first, you could be Dodge material.” What this means for the average consumer is that if they want to get behind the wheel of the Charger, they have to be a winner. Someone who isn’t afraid to do whatever they want, even if it means breaking a few rules, such as local speed limits. The Dodge Charger wasn’t designed for everyone. As such, before owning one, the prospective owner had to evaluate themselves and see if they were designed to win. If so, the Charger was the only car choice they had to make.

FAQ

Q: What does R/T mean on a Dodge Charger?

R/T is a general designation given by Dodge engineers to vehicles that are built for the track but can be used on the road. It stands for “Road and Track”, which means exactly what it says. The car has been designed for both aspects of driving, making it the perfect vehicle for those who enjoy racing, yet expect to be able to drive it as a daily driver.

Q: How much is a 1970 Dodge Charger Hemi worth?

It is difficult to judge the value of a car without looking at it, but since the car is not as rare as people think you can find a car for as little as $30,000, but they have been auctioned for over $100,000. The value of the 1970 Charger depends on its condition, the originality of the numbers and what you are willing to pay for it.

Q: Is the 1970 R/T charger more powerful than the 1970 Scat Pack charger?

Looking at the torque of both cars, they are exactly the same at 490 pound-feet. The horsepower of each engine is different, however, with the R/T making 425 horsepower, while the scat pack could only produce 390 horses. The numbers show the R/T is faster, but if you put them on the track, they can run the exact times in the ΒΌ mile.

Q: Is the 1970 Dodge Charger reliable?

The only problem you can encounter with any classic car is that the metal from which the bodies and frames are made is very easily rusted. The good news is that the engines, drivetrains and suspension are built so simply that even if they break, they are easy to work with. So, to answer the question, mechanically the 1970 charger is reliable, but be prepared for rust stains.

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