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The Notorious 1970 “Black Ghost” Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Street Racer

The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T was a muscle car produced by Dodge from 1970 to 1974. Numerous engines, including the Hemi V8 engine, one of the most potent at the time, were offered with it. Dodge's venture into the pony car industry was the Challenger R/T.

The 383 cubic-inch Magnum V8 engine with a single four-barrel carburetor, a 9.5:1 compression ratio, and a three-speed manual transmission was the base engine for the 1970 Challenger R/T. This engine produced a good 425 lbs-ft of torque and 335 horsepower.

The Hemi engine had a displacement of 426 cubic inches (7.0 liters), a V8 with 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. A 440 cubic inch (7.2 liter) V8 engine with 375 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque was also offered for the Challenger R/T.

It was only offered with a limited-slip differential and a four-speed manual transmission. Heavy-duty suspension, power front disc brakes, and a Rallye instrument cluster were further features of the Challenger R/T.

Only 356 of the 19,938 Challenger R/Ts produced in 1970 were Hemis, and 2035 were 440 Six Packs. TorqueFlite automatic was a standard feature on the 440s and Hemi. A Dana 60 axle and a pistol-grip Hurst shifter came with the four-speed when ordered.

Only 70 Hemi Challenger RTs total were produced in 1971, including this particular vehicle. This specimen was rotisserie repaired to receive Mopar Nationals O.E. Certification while maintaining its numbers-matching engine.

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