Dodge Charger 500 1970 – UK

W czasie gdy inżynierowie starali się pobijać kolejne rekordy mocy, producenci zaangażowani w serię US Stock Car Racing wiedzieli, że aby wygrać, muszą znaleźć inny sposób na przyspieszenie. Zwrócono się ku aerodynamice, co zrodziło takie klejnoty, jak Plymouth Superbird, Ford Torino Talladega i oferowany na aukcji Dodge Charger 500. Subtelne, ale znaczące zmiany aerodynamiczne odróżniają 500 od standardowego Chargera. Pomimo zasad homologacji NASCAR, które nakazały wyprodukowanie 500 samochodów drogowych, uważa się, że faktycznie ukończono jedynie 392 egzemplarze. Wystawiony na sprzedaż Dodge Charger 500 pochodzi z 1970 roku. Z dokumentów dowiadujemy się, że został zbudowany w St. Louis i był pierwotnie wyposażony w silnik V8 o pojemności 383 cali sześciennych z dwugardzielowym gaźnikiem i skrzynią biegów Torqueflite. Został on wykończony w kolorze jasnozielonym metalicznym (FF4) z winylowym dachem w kolorze zielonym (V1F) i wnętrzem „Charger Trim Grade” z winylowymi siedzeniami kubełkowymi w kolorze zielonym. Posiadał też opcjonalny przedni podłokietnik, który można po złożeniu przekształcić w dodatkowe miejsce dla pasażera. Samochód przybył do Wielkiej Brytanii w 2004 roku i przez ostatnie dziesięć lat był w posiadaniu obecnego sprzedawcy. W tym okresie został on w pełni odrestaurowany. Czarna, winylowa deska rozdzielcza wydaje się oryginalna, a zegary i radio pochodzą z 1970 roku. Właściciel przy okazji zlecił instalację świeżo zbudowanego silnika Magnum 440ci (7,2 litra) o mocy ponad 500 KM i przednich hamulców tarczowych. Zielony potwór wyceniony na 55 – 65 tysięcy funtów szterlingów licytowany będzie online 28 marca.


Link: https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/sa073-lot-434-1970-dodge-charger-500?el=16098&pn=2&pp=100

Lot Number: 434

1970 Dodge Charger 500
A rare model, one of 392, that has been subject to a fastidious restoration.

GUIDE PRICE: £55,000 – £65,000

LIVE AUCTION: Sunday 28th March | 10.00am GMT

SUMMARY
A rare model, one of 392, that has been subject to a fastidious restoration.

DESCRIPTION

Subtle yet significant aerodynamic alterations differentiate the 500 from the standard Charger
Dating from September 1970 and originally fitted with a 383ci V8 and Torqueflite transmission
Arrived in the UK in 2004 and with our vendor for the last 10 years
Subject to a bare-shell restoration by our knowledgeable vendor
Refinished in its original factory triple-green colours. Factory VIN plate retained and lacquered. Fender tag crisp and clear
Superbly restored interior. Rare factory option of front centre armrest converting to additional seat with lap belt
Fitted with a freshly-built Magnum 440ci (7.2-litre) engine generating over 500bhp and disc brakes on the front (original matching-numbers engine available)
V5C, restoration invoices and original factory build sheet
The quality and attention to detail is nothing short of sensational!!

SPECIFICATIONS
Lot Number 434
Make DODGE
Model 500 CHARGER 440CI
Registration Number FBY 482H
Chassis Number XP29LOG1899635
Body Colour Silver Green

At a time when racing engines were pushing the horsepower envelope, the manufacturers involved in US Stock Car Racing’s premier series knew that to win, they had to find another way to make their cars faster. One hundred and eighty mph just was not quick enough for the new ‘super speedways’, and producing enough reliable horsepower to break the 200 mph barrier was not feasible. Manufacturers turned to aerodynamics to make up the difference, triggering a battle for aero supremacy that gave us such gems as the Plymouth Superbird, Ford Torino Talladega, and the car offered here, the Dodge Charger 500. Subtle yet significant aerodynamic alterations differentiate between the 500 and the standard Charger. Despite NASCAR Homologation Rules that mandated the production of 500 road-going cars, it is believed that only 392 examples were actually completed.

This amazing 1970 Dodge Charger 500 is one of those 392. From its informative ‘Fender Tag’ we learn that it was built in St Louis and was originally fitted with a 383ci V8 with a two-barrel carburettor and Torqueflite transmission. It was finished in (FF4) Light Green Metallic with a Full Vinyl Roof in Green (V1F) and a ‘Charger Trim Grade’ interior featuring vinyl bucket seats in green with the optional front centre arm rest converting to an additional seat.

That was all a few years ago and we understand the car arrived in the UK in 2004 and it has been in our vendor’s ownership for the last ten years. During this period it has been fully restored and a close examination of our images or indeed the physical car, if possible, will confirm that this is one of the most spectacularly impressive restorations we have seen. After being stripped to bare metal, the car has been painted in the correct Light Green Metallic with factory Dark Green Metallic below the doors, the full vinyl roof has been replaced in the correct colour and the interior has been totally retrimmed in the correct green vinyl with matching seatbelts and a new headlining. Pleasingly, the black vinyl dashboard appears to be original and certainly the instruments and radio date from 1970. The presentation of the engine bay is show quality, we would never use the word ‘perfect’ but, in this case, it might just fit.

Our owner has made a couple of sensible upgrades to the car, the most dramatic of which was the installation of a freshly built ‘Magnum’ 440ci (7.2-litre) engine generating over 500bhp. (the original matching numbers, 383ci engine is available from our vendor). With the much bigger numbers from the Magnum, it made sense to convert the front brakes to discs. Since completion, apart from a couple of shake-down runs and a bit of setting-up, it hasn’t travelled any distance.

The car is accompanied by its V5C, older MOTs, a number of invoices from the restoration and the original Build Sheet.

This is a really impressive example of a rare model. It has been sensibly upgraded and the attention to detail is typical of our fastidious vendor who is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his motor cars. As one of only 392 Charger 500s built, it would be welcome in any of the world’s finest muscle car or racing car collections but we do feel that it would be a shame to just hide it away.