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March 18, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible Crushes Million Dollar Mark

If you’ve never been to a big car auction there is really nothing like it. It’s a party, it’s loud and it’s easy to forget that everyone raising their hand is doing so prepared to spend thousands of dollars and in select cases even millions. That was the case this past weekend at the inaugural Mecum Phoenix-Glendale auction which saw just one car from the massive four day auction top the million-dollar mark, this 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible.

What’s particularly unique about this car in no way impacted its sale price, but from the human interest side of cars. In 1976 it was imported to the UK and from there sold to an owner in Sweden and eventually back to the United States. However, this wasn’t oner the course of a couple years, but 15 years. This Plum Crazy Purple convertible spent a good part of its teen years tearing up Europe, a sight which undoubtedly would turn heads.

Back stateside in 1991 this 1 of only 5 Hemi Challenger R/T Convertibles made with a 4-speed transmission for this model year would undergo a full restoration. This would include: correct 426 Hemi V-8 engine, new Process A833 4-speed manual transmission, Hurst Pistol Grip shifter and on and on. And with just 115 miles since restoration this 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Convertible is as good as new, which would account for its $1,430,000 sale price.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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