1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Challenger Hardtop
1970 was the first year of the first generation Dodge Challenger which was produced until 1974.
The 1970 Challenger was available in hardtop and convertible forms, and it came in four versions: base, R/T (Road/Track), SE (Special Edition), which was also available in conjunction with the R/T, and T/A (Trans Am).
The grill of the 1970 Dodge Challenger was unique to this year. The full-width taillights with a backup light in the middle were also specific to this year only.
The R/T Challenger came with the 383 Magnum engine with 335 horsepower and 425 ft-lbs of torque. The R/T also came with the rallye instrument cluster which had four large round dials, and heavy duty brakes and suspension. Side stripes or rear Bumble-Bee stripes came at no cost.
The Challenger T/A (Trans Am) was a limited edition car produced to qualify the Challenger for Trans Am races. It included a special 340 Six-Pack engine rated at 290 horsepower and 345 ft-lbs of torque, a special flat-black fiberglass hood with huge hood scoop, front and rear spoilers, special side stripes, side-exiting exhaust pipes, upgraded suspension, and larger tires. The Challenger T/A was only made in 1970.
The 225 cubic inch slant-six with 145 horsepower and 215 ft-lbs of torque was the base engine in the six-cylinder Challengers, while the 230 hp two-barrel 318 cubic inch engine with 320 ft-lbs of torque was the base engine in the V8 Challengers.
Optional engines for 1970 included the 340 rated at 275 hp and 340 ft-lbs of torque, the 383 two-barrel with 290 hp, the 383 four-barrel with 330 hp and 425 ft-lbs of torque, the 383 Magnum with 335 hp and 425 ft-lbs of torque, the 440 Magnum with 375 hp and 480 ft-lbs of torque, the 440 Six-Pack with 390 hp and 480 ft-lbs of torque, and the 426 Hemi with 425 hp and 490 ft-lbs of torque.
The power bulge hood had functioning hood scoops, but they were not ram air scoops. The functional shaker scoop, which was optional, fed cold air directly into the engine.
Optional High-impact paint colors included Plum Crazy, Go-Mango, Sublime, Hemi Orange, Top Banana, Green Go, Panther Pink, and Silver Poly.
Total production of 1970 Challengers: 76,935 (the most for the first generation Challengers)
1970 Challenger Key Differences
The front grill of the 1970 Dodge Challenger was specific to this year. The full-width taillights with a backup light in the middle were also specific to this year which make identifying a 1970 Challenger easy.
1970 to 1974 Dodge Challengers share the same body and are quite similar. Slight grill and tail light changes from year to year can be used to identify each year, but 1973s and 1974s are virtually identical other than the 360 cubic inch engine which is unique to 1974.
How to Identify a 1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Challenger Grill
1970 Challenger Grill Emblem
1970 Challenger Front Bumper
1970 Challenger Bumper Guards
1970 Challenger Front Side Marker Light
1970 Challenger Rear Side Marker Light
1970 Challenger Tail Lights
1970 Challenger Back Up Light
1970 Challenger Dash
1970 Challenger Seats
1970 Challenger Fuel Cap
1970 Challenger R/T Hood
1970 Challenger 340 Four Barrel Badge
1970 Challenger 340 Four Barrel Badge
1970 Challenger 383 Magnum Badge
1970 Challenger 440 Six Pack Badge
1970 Challenger Fender Emblem
1970 Challenger Rear Bumper
1970 Challenger Rear Emblem
1970 Challenger Rear Wing
1970 Challenger Rear Deck Spoiler
1970 Challenger Front Spoiler
1970 Challenger Vinyl Roof
1970 Challenger Wheel
1970 Challenger Magnum 500 Wheel
More 1970 Challenger Pictures
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