1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T At Mecum Vegas 2019
- October 9, 2019
- Posted by Georgios Ketsatis
Expensive when new, the Hemi Challenger R/T was never a common car, and insurance rates and increased emission controls would cause the option to disappear forever in 1971, the year this black beauty was built. What makes this car unique is its matching-numbers drivetrain, original black exterior paint and original black interior, and it’s all backed with an original broadcast sheet to verify it. Always powerful enough to demand respect, the Hemi package was not for everyone, but by 1971, it had been somewhat domesticated thanks to the hydraulic cam design.
Of course, little else needs to be said about the 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine’s notoriety, as it had already established a legacy of victory by this time. Dual 4-barrel carbs, a high-flow exhaust system, a NASCAR-circuit engineered reciprocating assembly and 10.25 compression were part of it to the very end. Behind that, this car has the right stuff, as the engine is backed by the heavy-duty A833 4-speed manual transmission, which in turn mandated the Sure Grip Dana 60 differential. This car also came with both power front disc brakes and power steering. Inside the interior is sheer muscle car-level equipment, with the touches that came standard when you order the deluxe R/T package. Of all the components installed on this Dodge, the N96 Shaker scoop bolted atop the engine and emerging through the hood was the most dramatic. Like the engine and the R/T package itself, the Shaker also disappeared from the option sheets at the end of this model year.
The car rides on factory date-code correct 15-inch wheels, highlighted with the larger performance tire size, again a factor that helped set this model above its peers. The current market has recognized Hemi E-bodies as the pinnacle of the era, with examples of these cars often outdistancing other brands in the genre. With its provenance and stated conditioning, this is an excellent opportunity to be “back in black.”
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