1970 Dodge Charger: Performance, Price, and Photos

Between 1968 and 1970, the second-generation Dodge Charger made a name for itself in automotive history as one of the greatest American muscle cars ever made. An icon of the muscle car scene, the second-generation Charger has featured prominently on pop culture TV and in blockbuster movies, such as the 1968 Charger. Bullittthe 1969 Charger featured weekly in the Dukes of Hazzardand the 1970 Charger powered by Vin Diesel in the Fast & Furious.

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Most important features

  • New Chrome Loop bumper
  • New rear-facing door shells for the R/T
  • New badging for the R/T
  • New 440 Six-Pack engine option (three 2-barrel carbs)
  • New eye-catching paint colors introduced
  • New Pistol Grip Shifter option
Specifications

  • Fashion model: Dodge Charger from 1970
  • Engine:: 225 Six, 318 V-8, 383 V-8, 440 V-8, 426 V-8 Hemi
  • Assets: 145 – 425 HP
  • Couple: 215 – 490 lb-ft
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Transfer: 3-speed automatic, 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual
  • suggested retail price: $3,001 base
Advantages

  • R/T model can be upgraded with a 426 Hemi V-8
  • Optional Six-Pack (three 2-barrel carbs)
  • Available performance from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds
Cons

  • Model 500 was just a nameplate for 1970
  • Notorious for leaking windows
  • Rust is common on the second generation B-Body

Performance and capability of the 1970 Dodge Charger

A parked 1970 Dodge Charger SE
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Front and side view of a 1970 Dodge Charger SE

Built on the Chrysler B-Body platform, the 1970 Charger rolled out of production, essentially the same as the 1969 model with a lower base price that was possible due to some simplification of its aesthetic. The main features of the ’70 Charger – the shape, the hidden headlights, the racing fuel cap – remained unchanged.

In 1970, Dodge touted its ability to be a winner in its Charger by challenging consumers with the slogan, “If you ever finished first, you could be Dodge material.” They backed up their boast with a 426 CID Hemi V8 engine option that created 425 horsepower, underlining the performance. A six-pack (a trio of two-barrel carburettors) was also available as a performance upgrade.

A parked Dodge Charger R/T Six-Pack engine
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View of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Six-Pack engine

A more reserved or thrifty charger buyer might find a base model with a 225 CID slant-six that developed 145 horsepower. The Base Charger and Charger 500 had eight submodels and the R/T had 12.

Top speeds for the base Charger and 500 ranged from 101 to 133 MPH, while zero to 60 MPH times spanned from 6.3 to 14.2, with the 383 V-8, four-barrel, three-speed manual version having the fastest time. Top speeds for the R/T ranged from 104 to 145 MPH, while zero to 60 MPH clocked in at 4.8 to 6.1 seconds, with the 426 V-8 Hemi, 425 HP 4-speed Super Track Pak Manual version featuring the fastest time.

Charging station from 1970 and 500 specifications
1970 and 500 Dodge Charger Base
Engine Options Assets Transmission options
225 Six-cylinder 145 HP Manual transmission with 3 gears
225 Six-cylinder 145 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
318 V-8 230 HP Manual transmission with 3 gears
318 V-8 230 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
383 V-8 Two-cylinder 330 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
383 V-8 four-cylinder 330 HP Manual transmission with 3 gears
383 V-8 four-cylinder 330 HP Manual 4 gears
383 V-8 four-cylinder 330 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
1970 Dodge Charger R/T specs
Dodge Charger R/T from 1970
Engine Options Assets Transmission options
426 V-8 Hemi 425 HP Manual 4 gears
426 V-8 Hemi 425 HP Manual Super Track Pak with 4 speeds
426 V-8 Hemi 425 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
426 V-8 Hemi 425 HP Automatic 3-speed Super Performance axle package
440 V-8 magnum 375 HP Manual 4 gears
440 V-8 magnum 375 HP Manual Super Track Pak with 4 speeds
440 V-8 magnum 375 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
440 V-8 magnum 375 HP Automatic 3-speed Super Performance axle package
440 V-8 six pack 390 HP Manual 4 gears
440 V-8 six pack 390 HP Manual 4-speed Super Track Pak
440 V-8 six pack 390 HP TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic
440 V-8 six pack 390 HP Automatic 3-speed Super Performance axle package

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Exterior design

1970 Dodge Charger R/T in panther pink
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Side view of a Panther Pink 1970 Dodge Charger with a 440 Six Pack.

The 1970 Dodge Charger was advertised as everything from a “sensational car your mom warned you about” to a sports car for the whole family. Dodge tossed out descriptors such as the “Clean Machine,” the “Supercar,” and the “Magnificent Brute.”

The Charger was a two-door, hard-roofed coupe with a massive front fascia and a Continental-style bumper. It was available in several exterior colors, including Panther Pink. Considered one of Mopar’s wildest colors, the bright pink rolled out in 1970 under the paint code FM3. It was a short-lived offering and was withdrawn from production the same year.

Standard colours

  • Light Green Metallic FF4
  • Dark Green Metallic EF8
  • Dark burnt orange metallic FK5
  • Beige BL1
  • Dark brown metallic FT6
  • White EW1
  • Black TX9
  • Cream DY3
  • Light gold metallic FY4
  • Bright red FE5
  • Dark blue metallic EB7
  • Bright blue metallic EB5
  • Light blue metallic EB3

Optional colors, extra cost

  • Plum Crazy FC7
  • Sublime FJ5
  • Go Mango EK2
  • Hemi Orange EV2
  • Banana FY1
  • Panther Pink FM3

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Interior

Interior view of the 1970 Dodge Charger with bucket seats
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1970 Dodge Charger interior show with bucket seats and pistol grip shifter.

The announced reduced price for the base model 1970 Charger came with modifications to the previous interior. While still available as an extra cost, the bucket seats were eliminated and replaced with an all-vinyl front bench seat. Dodge promoted this seat switch as positive. “Don’t think of it as losing buckets; you gain an extra passenger,” they offered.

Interior seats and deep-pile carpet were offered in different colours:

  • Blue
  • Vegetable
  • Tan
  • Charcoal black
  • Orange burnt
  • Black and white

Other notable changes to the less expensive Charger were the missing door pockets, simpler window moldings and the electric clock, which was available as an option. The Charger 500 and R/T still came with buckets and could be ordered in full vinyl or a combination of cloth and vinyl at no extra cost. A fold-down center elbow rest was available as an option. The 500 retained the electric clock as a standard feature, and the R/T was embellished with a simulated walnut instrument panel.

A Special Edition (S/E) package was available for both the 500 and R/T. The upgrade included genuine leather seat trim in blue, green, brown or charcoal black. Other S/E trim package interior features included a simulated walnut steering wheel, pedal trim kit, deep-dish hubcaps, and the door pockets removed from the base Charger model. The elbow rest could be exchanged for a center console. Dodge debuted the unique pistol grip switch in 1970 models and it became an option in the Charger.

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Price Dodge Charger from 1970

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

Retail prices for the base 1970 Dodge Charger model were reduced from the 1969 MSRP. The price range between the three 1970 Charger models and their standard options increased costs by less than 30 percent.

The 1970 Charger’s price drop brought the base model to $3,001. The Charger 500 and Charger R/T were the other two versions available. Production of the 1970 Charger reached a total of 49,800 units. Chargers with a V-8 accounted for 49,500 vehicles, resulting in just 300 orders with six cylinders.

  • Charging dock All standard $3,001
  • Charger 500 All Standard $3,246
  • Charger R/T 440 Six-Pack $3,711

Hot rod enthusiasts looking to park a 1970s charger in their garage can expect a price that varies depending on the condition of the vehicle. A second-generation Dodge Charger can be had for as little as a few thousand dollars or even for the astonishing $1.3 million paid for a 1969 model at auction in May 2022. There are several things to be aware of before you start a classic Charger and Hagerty reports $28,800 for a model in good condition, while their most recently reported sale was $62,000. Check out the current market for the 1970 Dodge Charger here.

FAQ

Q: What is the 1970 Dodge Charger worth today?

The cost of a 1970 Dodge Charger today varies widely depending on the condition of the vehicle. The low range can be as little as a few thousand dollars and restored models can cost over $100,000.

Q: What year is Vin Diesel’s Dodge Charger in the Fast & The Furious?

Vin Diesel, known as Dominic Toretto, in the Fast & Furious franchise drives a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.

Q: Are 1970 Dodge Chargers rare?

In 1970, 49,500 Dodge Chargers were produced. Model variations and options distinguish each vehicle and increase its rarity. For example, a 1970 Charger R/T with a 440 Six-Pack V-8 in Panther Pink sold for $185,000 at a Mecum auction in 2020. It was one of two known to have been built.

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