1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack Parked for 39 Years Is an Unmolested Survivor That Still Runs

The year 1970 marked the introduction of the iconic Dodge Challenger, a vehicle that quickly gained popularity, with nearly 77,000 units sold in its debut year alone. Among the various iterations of this legendary muscle car, a few high-performance versions emerged as rare and coveted gems.

At the pinnacle of exclusivity is the HEMI-powered 1970 Challenger, with a mere 356 units produced, making it an exceptionally rare find. The limited numbers can be attributed to the rising insurance costs for high-powered vehicles during that era. Further narrowing down the rarity are specific packages and body styles, such as the Special Edition HEMI convertibles, of which only 60 were manufactured, and a mere nine convertibles in total.

Another rare variant is the R/T-badged convertible, with just 963 examples produced. Among them, 692 were equipped with the formidable 383-cubic-inch (6.3-liter) V8 engine, while 163 featured the powerful 440-cubic-inch (7.2-liter) RB V8. An even more exclusive choice was the 440 “Six Pack,” chosen by only 99 discerning customers. Then there’s the Challenger T/A, a unique model created specifically for homologation purposes.

Designed as Dodge’s contender for the SCCA Trans-Am racing series, competing against the Ford Mustang Boss 302 and the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the Challenger T/A combined performance with weight-saving features. Its 290-horsepower 340-cubic-inch (5.6-liter) V8 engine delivered impressive power. With just 2,399 units produced, accounting for slightly over 3% of the total Challenger output in 1970, the Challenger T/A became a sought-after classic.

Fast forward to 2023, and the Challenger T/A continues to captivate enthusiasts. Although not as rare as the HEMI variants, it remains a highly desirable gem, especially when found in original, unmolested condition. Recently, a remarkable discovery was made by the team at “Hagerty” – an untouched yellow Challenger T/A that had been resting for decades. Thanks to their efforts, this forgotten beauty has been revived.

Having sat in a barn since 1997, which equates to an astounding 26 years as of 2023, this Challenger had not been driven since 1984, making it dormant for nearly 40 years. Such extended periods of inactivity often lead to rust and engine issues, but this resilient T/A defied the odds.

Remarkably, the yellow paint still retains its luster, while the interior exhibits only minor signs of wear. Even more impressive, the 340-cubic-inch V8 engine roared back to life with minimal effort. Although not yet road-ready, the numbers-matching powerhouse emits an exhilarating sound. With some thorough cleaning, restoration of the interior and exterior, and addressing the engine’s needs, this Challenger T/A will undoubtedly transform into an extraordinary survivor.

Witness the unveiling and the incredible story behind the resurrection of this 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A in the captivating video below.

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