1973 Dodge Challenger
1973 Dodge Challenger
- Fully Restored in 2014
- Professionally Rebuilt Motor
- 318 V8
- Air Conditioning
- Green over Green with Black Vinyl Top
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“1973 Dodge Challenger - Sweet Sound” – Hot Rod magazine review headline, December 2000
The CarResources website provides a bit of the history of the Dodge Challenger second series/first generation: “The Challenger Coupe was introduced in 1971, and it came with several improvements when compared to the first series. For instance, the front grille featured a different design. The engine didn't see an enormous upgrade even though Dodge still provided you with a wide selection. The Coupe had Inline-6 or a V8 as options. Buyers could still choose a more powerful engine if they wanted to.”
Fully restored to a very high standard in 2014, the '73 Dodge Challenger offered here represents the model very well. Equipped with air conditioning, it's ready for comfortable summer touring in style.
The car's exterior green-metallic paint is an original Dodge color and it has been professionally applied here; the finish is uniformly glossy and free of imperfections. This color catches the light in a very pleasing way. The brushed trim surrounding the taillights is beautifully restored. All badging and emblems are properly located and in exceptional condition. The black vinyl top appears as-new. Chrome bumpers and chrome body trim are similarly outstanding. Lighting lenses are clear and free of cracks, as is all the cabin glass. The Cragar® “mag” wheels are period-correct and might well have been added to this model in the day; BFGoodrich Radial T/A raised-white-letter tires are mounted.
Inside, the “green” theme continues with two shades of moss-green on the vinyl upholstery (with a vertically pleated design) on both the front bucket and rear bench seats. Door trim, cabin trim, and dashboard all display the moss-green color. Instrumentation includes the left-of-center, large speedometer with smaller engine-monitoring gauges extending to the right, all behind the factory sport steering wheel. A Sanyo® AM/FM/cassette radio is mounted in the factory-radio location. Slide controls operate heat, ventilation, and air conditioning. The bespoke “7”- shaped automatic shifter is located on the woodgrain-trimmed moss green console. Cabin floors are covered in dark-green carpeting protected with rubber mats.
Under the hood, the 318 cubic-inch V8 has been fully rebuilt to stock standards. All components are properly mounted, with coolant hoses, air-conditioning lines, and wiring all properly routed. An upgraded aluminum radiator is mounted. Viewed from below, the Challenger's chassis is well-ordered and damage-free with the performance exhaust headers a focal point.
The car's VIN tag and data tags for the build remain in place and have not been modified.
While the more than 170 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '73 Challenger in detail, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
CarResources noted “Even though the first generation of this iconic car had a relatively short run, it impacted the auto industry as well as popular culture. It became a phenomenon among the people who love muscle cars and was featured in numerous movies and TV shows. As a matter of fact, the movie 'Vanishing Point' popularized the 1970 Dodge Challenger and made new generations of car enthusiasts fall in love with this vehicle.” We expect that more than a few of them are reading this right now.