Fall in Love with the 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible
- October 11, 2016
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Here’s the ride of anyone’s life. A classic car amongst classic cars that stands out as a testament to the iconic 1970s era of classics. This convertible is something truly special though, and it rests on its wheels as an emperor amongst kings when it comes to classic cars.
The infamous 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible is a car made for speed, and it’s been modified to really show its colors in that area too and be able to pack a powerful punch under the hood that stands up on the track to modern day vehicles. Most of the 1971 Dodge R/Ts had the infamous and instantly recognizable 440ci six pack which was one of Dodge’s best engines of that time frame. These cars also sported the much needed 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, and if they didn’t come with this package as standard then most were upgraded to include it. The 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible had power steering and power disc brakes too.
It’s arguable that 1971 was the best year for the Challenger. Certainly the 1970s was the best decade. The 1971 Dodge Challenger is considered to be a must for anyone who likes a good racer, anyone who can appreciate the iconic 1970s era of classics too, or who just likes the look and the feel of a unique car like this one as it is most definitely very unique.
The History of Dodge’s Best Racer
The Dodge Challenger is actually the name that has been used for three different generations of American automobiles produced by the car manufacturing company, Dodge. The Dodge Silver Challenger was produced from 1958 to 1959. Then from 1969 to 1974, the first generation Dodge Challenger pony car was built using the Chrysler E platform to start off with, and it shared major components with the Plymouth Barracuda as well. The second generation, from 1978 to 1983, was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda that was reworked into the Challenger.
The third, and current generation that is still being built off of, was introduced in early 2008 as a rival to the evolved fifth generation Ford Mustang and the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro. This car has changed a lot over the years and has had its own ups and downs, but without a doubt most people who love their Challengers tends to agree that the older models had it right, and the newer models are good vehicles but they don’t hold a candle to the older ones.
The Specs on the R/T Challenger
The Challenger from the 1970s was a great car, but the R/T model just took the cake when it came to 1970s classics across the boards. Known as the official, “performance model”, the R/T (Road/Track), came off the belt with a 383 cubic inch “Magnum” V8, rated at a whopping 335 bhp, (249.8 kW). The standard transmission was actually a 3-speed manual, but automatic trannies were an option too. Optional R/T engines produced at the same time were the 375 bhp (279.6 kW) 440 cubic inch Magnum, the 390 bhp (290.8 kW) 440 CID Six-Pack and the 425 bhp (316.9 kW) 426 cubic inch Hemi. Either way and no matter which option lucky owners took home, these cars were pure muscle, no fat trimmings here.
The R/T was available in either the hardtop or convertible, with the convertible being far more popular and fetching a much higher price because of it. The Challenger R/T also came with a Rallye instrument cluster that included a whopping 150 mph, (240 km/h) speedometer, and an 8,000 rpm tachometer. All in all, these cars were the dream cars for people back then and they are still the top of the line in Dodge classic cars today. Any true Challenger enthusiast would be more than happy to own and be custodian to the legacy that is the 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible.