1970 HEMI Tribute

Discussion in 'First Generation Challenger Forum' started by SRT-Tom, Dec 16, 2022.

  1. SRT-Tom

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    Check out this beautiful 1970 Plum Crazy HEMI tribute car.

    The conversion was completed in 2007 and also included a nut-and-bolt restoration. The seller claims no expense was spared and that the entire project swallowed more than $55,000. The Challenger started life as a B5 Blue hardtop with a 383 engine.

    The seller says the car was driven for fewer than 10,000 miles since the restoration. Offered by eBay seller "jak_stanl," the HEMI tribute comes with a $75,000 sticker. That's in line with a nicely restored non-HEMI Challenger and only a fraction of a 426 car in similar condition. The seller is also entertaining offers.

    Question: If someone would give you this car or a new 2022 Challenger Hellcat, for free, which one would you take?

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    no hesitation, the 1970.
    when I read this post, 13 had already viewed it but no one could respond to Tom's question????
     
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    Another question might be if you had the opportunity to choose between the two at the $75k price. The new Cat is superior in so many ways with the possible exception being the 70's looks. Thinking that the novelty of grocery getting in the 70 would quickly where off, I'd choose any Cat over the 70 based on greater overall performance unless it has 650 hp. Having said that there are lots of old customs I'd choose over a Hellcat but they're valued at quite a bit more than $75k.
     
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    This wasn't a Graveyard Carz meticulous restoration. There are many things that are not correct, such as:

    Air filter
    Electronic ignition
    Coil
    Plug wires and missing valve cover looms
    Water pump assembly and thermostat housing
    Alternator pulley
    Battery, battery cables, battery cable ends
    Heater hoses and clamps, and added zip-tie
    Painted hood "pop-up" spring
    Painted master cylinder, cover, and hold-down
    Missing black-out on the core support and cowl top
    Missing data tag and emissions decal
    General poor finish on many fasteners and components

    In addition, there's other stuff underneath, in the trunk, and in the interior.
     
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    And I am sure once you inspect it , you will find other issues..

    Though it does look nice, I would go for a new one that has all the comforts
     
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    I love the looks of the old ‘Cudas and Challengers, they were always my dream cars. But I wouldn’t trade my modern Challenger for one. For driveability, efficiency, quietness, safety, modern goodies (like bluetooth phone interface) and let’s face it, reliability, you can’t beat the modern cars.
     
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    I like the 1970 but with the choice given I would take the 2022 HellCat. I grew up in the 60's through early 70's Muscle car era and owned a couple of Plymouth Muscle cars. In fact I have a 1971 Roadrunner, 1979 Lil Red Express now and enjoy the very much. One of the main reasons I would go with the 2022 is because I'm old and I like being cool in the summer. The old Hemi cars didn't get AC so I will go with new technology.
     
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    To me, peak Hellcat or Challenger year was 2016, as, after that they got the Raisin Bran hood at some point and/or the electric power steering, which I despise.