The legendary 1970 Dodge Charger muscle car review

Dodge Charger – this iconic American car produced by a Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation.

The idea for its creation arose with the beginning of the era of muscle car, when in 1964 was released Pontiac GTO, is a conventional coupe, equipped with a powerful 335-horsepower engine. The model was so popular that the rest of the American car manufacturers decided to create a similar model. Concept car Charger (1965) based on the Dodge Coronet received high ratings, and the car went into mass production.

1970 Dodge Charger price

The 1970 dodge charger models all had their base prices ranging from $3,000 to $3,711 back in 1970. Now restored examples cost up to $100,000 depending on state and rarity.

1970 Dodge Charger specs

Since the launch of the Dodge charger model, its remarkable performance and stylish designs has made it an immediate hit.

The 1970 Dodge Charger was redesigned and became obtainable in various new colors. The Special Edition (SE) package was offered to Dodge Charger 500s and the Charger R/T models. The SE version featured leather seats with an electric sliding sunroof. Dodge included the 440 6-Pack which boasted three Holley 2-barrel carburetors and gave out 390 horsepower. Altogether, a little over 10,300 Dodge Chargers were sold in 1970 with 116 of those opting for the Hemi and 42 boasting the 440 6-Pack.

The 440 cubic-inch engine was rated at 370hp, which meant it was down by 5-horsepower. The 440 Six Pack lost 5 horsepower as well. The Dodge Charger was restyled and a few inches were trimmed off at the wheelbase. Obtainable in SE and R/T trim designs, it now had an identical body with the Super Bee.

New front seats were the car’s first to succeed as proper buckets, and a hip pistol-grip handle now crowned the existing 4-speed’s Hurst shifter.
This design featured until 1974.

1970 Dodge Charger 500

The 1970 dodge charger 500 was included this year as an intermediary between the base model and the R/T model. It featured a 426 Hemi and automatic transmission. The exterior was painted Blue with a white stripe, while the interior was painted white. The standard engine on the Charger 500 was the 440 Magnum, although factory guide says the 426 Hemi was standard for this model. The Dodge Charger 500 features the Torqueflite and identical standard equipment as the R/T too.

1970 Dodge Charger 500

A total of 500 Dodge Charger 500 models were built, with just 67 having the 426 Hemi engine, another 27 with a 4-speed and lastly, 40 having an automatic transmission.

1970 Charger 500

1970 Dodge Charger Daytona

Dodge wasn’t contented with the output of the Charger 500 so the Dodge Charger Daytona model was launched on April 13, 1969 and instantly amassed over 1,000 orders. The Charger Daytona was based on the 1969 Charger’s R/T specifications, as it featured a heavy-duty suspension and brake installation and was mated to a standard 440-CID Magnum engine.

1970 Dodge Charger Daytona

The 1970 Dodge Charger Daytona features unique body adjustments that comprised of a 23-inch-tall stabilizer wing on the rear deck, a flush rear backlight, a special sheet-metal “nose cone” replacing the conventional vertical front grille, fender mounted tire clearance/brake cooling scoops, a ‘window cap’ covering the innovative Charger’s dug-in rear window, stainless steel A-pillar covers, explicit hood and front fenders that were identical to the imminent 1970 Charger.

1970 Dodge Charger Daytona rear view

Eventually, the Charger Daytona was discontinued in 1969 and was replaced by the Plymouth Superbird for 1970.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

The Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi is a rear-wheel drive coupé car built by Dodge. It has a 7L naturally aspirated engine, overhead valve, 8-cylinder providing 425hp and a limit torque of 665 at 4000 rpm. A 4-speed manual transmission gives power to the wheels.

The Charger R/T included the Magnum engine as well as the unique handling package, auto Trans (though manual could be gotten at no extra cost), and the Dodge “Bumble Bee” racing stripe.

1970 Dodge Charger RT

The increasing insurance rates and harder rivalry caused sales of R/T models to drop 50 percent, to about 10,337, for the model year. With just 116 orders, the latest Six Pack sold more than the Hemi by a margin of over two to one.

1970 Charger RT

1970 Dodge Charger interior

The interior was quite standard for almost any muscle car of that era. Flat and long interior console, 3-spoke steering wheel, bucket seats. Dashboard has 6 gauges – two big wells (speedometer and tachometer) and 4 small ones, measuring coolant and oil temperature and other figures. Both manual and automatic versions of 1970 Charger have armrest between the seats, automatic version has small wood-trimmed tunnel. Manual gear level has bent shape.

1970 Dodge Charger interior

1970 Dodge Charger engine

The engine range for 1970 model year car was wide – there were 5 engines available. The basic was 3.7L I6 (225 CID), then two versions of V8 383 cu in (6.3L) with 2 or 4 barrel carburator; 426 cubic inch (7-liter) famous HEMI engine with two 4-barrel carburators, and massive 440 Magnum (7.2L) V8 engine. 1970 Dodge Charger horsepower rating with the most powerful 440 Magnum engine with three 2-barrel carburators (Six Pack) was 390 HP.

1970 Dodge Charger colors

The 1970 dodge charger was available in a new range of colors, which included Top Banana, Go Mango, Panther Pink, Plum Crazy, Sublime, and Burnt Orange.

1970 Dodge Charger pictures

1970 Dodge Charger rating
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One of the best muscle car from late 60s, perfect example of the golden era of muscle cars. R/T modifications with Magnum and Hemi engines are also fast