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Ride Of The Week: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible

This story is about two Dodges that aren’t quite as identical as pioneer automakers John and Horace Dodge. Those two were identical twins, but these four-wheeled “Dodge Brothers” are a pair of cars that look nearly identical, although they were built 40 years apart.

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This story is about two Dodges that aren’t quite as identical as pioneer automakers John and Horace Dodge. Those two were identical twins, but these four-wheeled “Dodge Brothers” are a pair of cars that look nearly identical, although they were built 40 years apart.

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Bill and Candy Chambers of Green Bay, WI, are the owners of this dynamic Dodge duo. Bill originally purchased the Burnt Orange 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible when it was new. The car was built on April 1, 1970. It has a 383-cid 335-hp Magnum V8 engine linked to a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission with “slapstick” shifter.

According to Mopar expert Galen Govier, Chambers’ car is the only Dodge Challenger made with the options and color combinations it came with. He is the only person who has owned the vehicle.

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When the current retro-styled Dodge Challenger arrived, the Chambers fell in love with it. They got the idea to purchase a 2010 model and have it converted into a convertible and repainted in the same Burnt Orange color as their 1970 Challenger. The result was another one of a kind, original owner car.

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The “younger brother” is also an R/T model. It has the hot 5.7-liter Hemi VVT engine, a six-speed manual transmission, the Super Trak Pack option, a custom cat-back exhaust system and a KW coil-over suspension system. And, believe it or not, the born on date for the newer Challenger is April 1, 2010. That’s right! The two cars were built exactly 40 years apart.

Both of the Dodge Challengers were on special display at the new Motorama Show in Green Bay on March 31 to April 2, 2016. Despite having four decades of automotive history between them, they sure looked a lot alike.

Courtesy Speedville.

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