conceptcarz.com


1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Hardtop / JS23R1B108804 Vehicle Information

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger photograph

1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger1971 Dodge Challenger
Sold for $308,000 at 2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona.

1971 Dodge 'Mr. Norm' Hemi Challenger R/T

The Chrysler Challenger always seemed to be one pony car that always seemed to arrive to the stable late. However, upon its arrival, many would take notice.

The late 1950s saw a period of waywardness from America's car companies. While the 1950s had seen sporty models, like the Thunderbird, come and go, there really wasn't a class of car to fit the attitude beginning to surface throughout the country. However, with Ford's Mustang and GM's Camaro, the wild heartbeat of America was allowed to roam free. Chrysler, however, was missing out on the act.

Dodge introduced its Charger, but it fit into a category between the pony cars and the more luxurious models like the Ford Thunderbird. Mated with the 7.0-liter 426 cu.in. Hemi engine, the Charger would be popular and innovative, but it still would not directly do battle with the Mustang and the Camaro, and even then, the Charger would blossom rather late.

Though slow to enter the more specialized pony car market, Chrysler recognized the need to lay claim to a little niche of the market. The problem was that the Mustang and the Camaro had been around for a while and people were familiar with what they had to offer. Therefore, Chrysler, in order to enter the competitive market, had to offer a car like no other.

Chrysler needed an angle to attract attention when it entered the pony car category. About the only angle left the company could use would be in the power department. Envisioning a clean design with a robust appeal, Bill Brownlie would set to work designing a car capable of hosting a litany of engine possibilities. What Brownlie would end up fashioning would be a car capable of hosting every single one of Chrysler's engines because of the car's front sub-frame.
Following the two-door styling of Mercury's Cougar, the Challenger, as it would become known, would benefit from the Charger and Coronet having a larger front sub-frame to help hold all of the possible engine sizes.

The Challenger would draw something else from the Charger as well. There had been a concept of the Charger on the drawing board that would never see the light of day. However, the front grille of the Charger concept would end up providing the perfect starting point for the subtle, vigorous lines of the new Challenger.

Combining clean and stout looks with the ability to house a whole array of engines, Chrysler was finally ready to make its presence known in the pony car market. While the car would attract a good deal of attention on its own, its 7.0-liter and 7.2-liter 426 and 440 cu.in. variants would make the biggest noise, quite literally.

Having experience with the larger Charger, Chrysler fully intended to take the fight to the Mercury Cougar, which was slightly larger and more luxurious than the Mustang. When the car debuted in 1970, the Challenger would come available in four hardtop models: Challenger Six, Challenger V8, Challenger T/A and Challenger R/T. A convertible version of the R/T would be available as well, but just between 1970 and 1971.

Sales for the Challenger would do quite well in its first year with nearly 77,000 units being produced for the 1970 model year alone. However, sales would drop significantly over the next couple of years and production would cease altogether in 1974. After starting out strong in its first year of existence, production would slow to the point that only 165,437 would be sold by the end of its production run of about five years.

While the success of the Challenger would be debatable, one variant of the car that would not be debated for its performance and place amongst the pony cars would be the R/T Challenger.

Standing for 'Road/Track', the R/T model variant would be the performance model of the Challenger. The R/T would come with a 383 cu.in. 6.2-liter V-8 that was rated at 335 bhp. However, the R/T would also come with the option of the 375 bhp 440 cu in. 7.2-liter Magnum, the 390 bhp 440 cu in Six-Pack, or, the 425 bhp 426 cu in 7.0-liter Hemi engines. Therefore, while the Cougar, Mustang and Camaro may have been around a while longer with some of the same features as the Challenger, Chrysler's late-comer to the corral would certainly make some noise. When mated with the 4-speed manual transmission, the R/T model could also make some serious tracks all the way up to 150 mph.

The T/A Challenger, which stood for 'Trans Am' would see some racing with such drivers as Sam Posey and Ronnie Bucknum driving for Dan Gurney. And while the car would earn a number of top finishes it was clear the car needed to be developed as it had a bad understeer and other drawbacks. However, on the drag strip, the Challenger would find itself right at home.

The R/T version would go on to find success not on the track as much as in entertainment. Specially built models would be built for the TV program 'Mod Squad'. The R/T would also be the car of choice for Kowalski in the movie 'Vantage Point'. The Challenger would also find itself useful for other special promotions on TV.

While its demise may have been eagerly longed for, the Challenger would become something of a legend in its own right. Of course, most of the car's legend would be authored by the memories of the incredible sound of the 440 Six-Pack or the 426 Hemi.

Those at this year's RM Auction in Arizona would have the good fortune of being able to reminisce as a very special Challenger R/T would be up for auction. Not only would this be a Challenger R/T, but its lineage would make it something wholly more.

The chassis number available at this year's auction would roll off the assembly line in 1971 and would already be something special. However, its history was about to get even more intriguing.

Being just one of 71 Hemi Challenger R/Ts produced during 1971, chassis JS23R1B108804 would already make for a collector's dream. It came with the 'Super Track Pack' and the 'Shaker' hood options. However, after production it would be shipped to 'Mr. Norm's' Grand-Spaulding Dodge located in Chicago, Illinois.

Norm Krause would become famous as one of the earliest high-performance new car dealers and for having one of the first high-performance parts departments as part of the dealership. Krause's associate, Gary Dyer, had developed some of the quickest 'funny cars' and would help the dealership gain notoriety for taking Chrysler muscle cars and turning them into something beyond belief. This is what would happen to this Hemi Challenger R/T.

Charles Starr would become the car's first owner and he would trade in a car in order to have upgrades done to it, which included Stage III dyno-tuning, exhaust headers, lightweight fiberglass lift-off hood and other finishing touches. This would turn the car into an absolute performer. Late in 1971, Starr would sell the car to a friend who would take the car and coat it in WD-40, and then, put it in storage for the next 35 years.

In 2006, the car would emerge from storage for the first time and it would be noted as having been well-preserved despite some minor cosmetic issues that were cleaned up. After a basic tuning, the car would roar back to life and would even make an appearance at the Barrington Concours d'Elegance in Illinois.
Featuring some wonderful paperwork and historical documentation from Chrysler and Grand-Spaulding, the car comes to auction with only about 5,400 miles and was expected to earn between $300,000 and $475,000. A truly wicked muscle car, this model represents beautifully Chrysler's method of using its engine power to create an a large charge in the pony car race and doing it in style.

Sources:
'Feature Lots: Lot No. 243: 1971 Dodge 'Mr. Norm' Hemi Challenger R/T', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ12&CarID=r208&fc=0). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ12&CarID=r208&fc=0. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

'Muscle Cars: Classic Muscle Cars: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack', (http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/classic-muscle-cars/1970-dodge-challenger-r-t-440-six-pack.htm). HowStuffWorks: We Love to Wonder. http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/classic-muscle-cars/1970-dodge-challenger-r-t-440-six-pack.htm. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Dodge Charger (B-body)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 December 2011, 04:08 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dodge_Charger_(B-body)&oldid=466634180 accessed 4 January 2012

Wikipedia contributors, 'Dodge Challenger', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 27 December 2011, 04:02 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dodge_Challenger&oldid=467857878 accessed 4 January 2012

By Jeremy McMullen



2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $475,000 
Sale Price :
USD $308,000

1971 Dodge Challenger Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1971 sales)
1971 Dodge Challenger
Sold for USD$51,150
  2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Resto Mod
Sold for USD$99,000
  2021 Mecum : Dallas
 
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
Sold for USD$143,000
  2021 Mecum : Dallas
 
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T
Sold for USD$352,000
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible
Sold for USD$74,250
  2021 Mecum : Houston 2021
 
1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T
Chassis#: JS23H1B199936
Sold for USD$42,900
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible
Sold for USD$107,250
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible
Sold for USD$67,100
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Resto Mod
Sold for USD$91,300
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1971 Dodge Challenger
Sold for USD$82,500
  2020 Mecum : Houston
 
1971 Dodge Challenger
Sold for USD$35,000
  2020 GAA : November 2020
 
1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T
Chassis#: JS23N1B331257
Sold for USD$44,000
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Fall Auction
 
1971 DODGE CHALLENGER CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: JH27N1B341075
Sold for USD$53,900
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Fall Auction
 
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Clone
Sold for USD$43,500
  2020 GAA : July 2020
 
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
Sold for USD$69,300
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Resto Mod
Sold for USD$110,000
  2020 Mecum : Eddie Vannoy Collection
 
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
Sold for USD$49,500
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1971 DODGE CHALLENGER CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: JH27G1B222509
Sold for USD$60,500
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Mr. Norm's Funny Car
Sold for USD$77,000
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible
Sold for USD$77,000
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1971 Dodge Challenger's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1971 Dodge Challenger 2021 Mecum : Indy 2021$67,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger 2020 Mecum : Houston$80,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger 2020 Mecum : Dallas$120,000  
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Sunroof 2020 Mecum : Indy   
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$50,000  
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/TJS23R1B3246732019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction$420,000  
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$550,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger 2019 Fall Carlisle Auction   
1971 Dodge Challenger 2019 Mecum : Dallas$19,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible 2019 Mecum : Dallas$50,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Resto Mod 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$70,000$100,000$115,000
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$275,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$50,000  
1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$260,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$75,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2018 Mecum : Dallas$50,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2018 Mecum : Louisville$45,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 2018 Mecum : Portland$40,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$40,000$60,000$80,000
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$125,000$175,000$225,000
1971 Dodge Challenger 2018 Mecum : Houston$62,500  
1971 DODGE CHALLENGERJS23R1B2423132018 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$40,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$35,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas   
1971 Dodge Challenger Custom Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $165,000$175,000
1971 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/TJS23R1B3757212017 BarrettJackson : Northeast   
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$175,000  
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale $150,000$175,000
1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale $65,000$75,000

Comparables

Similar sales to the $71,052 range.
2021 Ford Bronco Black Diamond Edition
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chicago
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Sold for $70,400
2021 Mecum : Chicago
1964 Pontiac GTO
Sold for $70,400
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1948 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1969 Pontiac GTO
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
2021 Ford Bronco Big Bend Edition
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet Replica
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
1947 Ford Custom Convertible
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe Street Rod
Sold for $70,400
2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
1969 Ford Bronco
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Sold for $70,400
2021 Mecum : Las Vegas
1937 Packard Twelve Series 1508 Limousine
Sold for $71,500
2021 Mecum : Las Vegas

Dodge Challenger Vehicle Profiles
Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Model Year: 1970
Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Model Year: 1970
Profile
Hardtop
Dodge Challenger Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile

Hardtop
Dodge Challenger Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
R/T Series Convertible
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Convertible

Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970

R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970

R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970

R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970

R/T Series SE Formal Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series SE Formal Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile

T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970

T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Model Year: 1970
Profile
T/A Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger T/A Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: 66-003
Model Year: 1970
Profile
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: JH23G0B149170
Model Year: 1970

R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: JH23L0B205382
Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS23R0B157786
Model Year: 1970
Profile and Auction History
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS23V0B205533
Model Year: 1970
Profile and Auction History

R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS23V0B228406
Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Convertible
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Convertible

Chassis Num: JS27U0B236952
Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Convertible
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Convertible

Chassis Num: JS27V0B100021
Model Year: 1970
Profile and Auction History

R/T Series SE Formal Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series SE Formal Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS29U0E116256
Model Year: 1970
R/T Series Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Series Hardtop

Chassis Num: MEPGS1N5798
Model Year: 1970
Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Model Year: 1971

Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Model Year: 1971
Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Model Year: 1971
Profile
Coupe
Dodge Challenger Coupe

Model Year: 1971
Profile

Hardtop
Dodge Challenger Hardtop

Model Year: 1971
R/T Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Hardtop

Model Year: 1971
Profile
Coupe
Dodge Challenger Coupe

Chassis Num: JH23G1B103477
Model Year: 1971
Profile

Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Chassis Num: JH27G1B119328
Model Year: 1971
Convertible
Dodge Challenger Convertible

Chassis Num: JH27G1B363771
Model Year: 1971
Profile and Auction History
R/T Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS23R1B108804
Model Year: 1971
Profile and Auction History

R/T Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS23R1B242313
Model Year: 1971
Profile and Auction History
R/T Hardtop
Dodge Challenger R/T Hardtop

Chassis Num: JS23V1B296014
Model Year: 1971
Hardtop
Dodge Challenger Hardtop

Model Year: 1972
Profile

Hardtop
Dodge Challenger Hardtop

Chassis Num: JH23G2B230547
Model Year: 1972
Hardtop
Dodge Challenger Hardtop

Chassis Num: JH23H2B375059
Model Year: 1972
Profile
Rallye HardTop
Dodge Challenger Rallye HardTop

Chassis Num: JS23H2B232113
Model Year: 1972
Profile and Auction History

Hardtop Coupe
Dodge Challenger Hardtop Coupe

Model Year: 1973
Profile
Hardtop Coupe
Dodge Challenger Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: JH23H3B473403
Model Year: 1973
Profile


Vehicle information, history, And specifications from concept to production.
Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2021 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.