Original Dodge Challenger

Original Dodge Challenger

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P5BNij

9,251 posts

74 months

Tuesday 30th April 2019
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neutral 3 said:
P5BNij said:
Thanks - I lived in the area in '83 and remember a silver Dino 308GT4 with a red interior being parked not far from Cliff Davis' place on many occasions. There was another yank dealer closer to where I actually lived at the time, I can't remember what they were called but they occupied Harold Radford's old premises at 124 King Street in Hammersmith, I used to pass it almost daily and remember Trans Ams and the like in the window.

Knew it was somewhere !
Great stuff - thanks! I have a vivid memory of looking through the large front window at a 'Jim Rockford' style Firebird or Camaro (?) in luscious gold with Magnum 500 wheels... cloud9

neutral 3

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5,365 posts

138 months

Tuesday 30th April 2019
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There were so many co dealing in US cars here in the 1970s, but not one seems to have survived!

I often wonder how many of the Corvettes, Chargers, Challengers, Camaros, Firebirds, etc etc that came to Britain in the early to mid 1970s, have survived !

P5BNij

9,251 posts

74 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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neutral 3 said:
There were so many co dealing in US cars here in the 1970s, but not one seems to have survived!

I often wonder how many of the Corvettes, Chargers, Challengers, Camaros, Firebirds, etc etc that came to Britain in the early to mid 1970s, have survived !
London used to be awash with them in the '70s, they must have mostly rusted away or gone overseas again. Something I've noticed since looking into buying a yank classic is that there are now a fair number of dealers and specialists in Essex, more so than anywhere else it seems. Quite a few in the East Mids area too.

aeropilot

24,740 posts

195 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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P5BNij said:
neutral 3 said:
There were so many co dealing in US cars here in the 1970s, but not one seems to have survived!

I often wonder how many of the Corvettes, Chargers, Challengers, Camaros, Firebirds, etc etc that came to Britain in the early to mid 1970s, have survived !
London used to be awash with them in the '70s, they must have mostly rusted away or gone overseas again.
A lot went to Sweden. There's probably more 30's,40's,50's and 60's yank stuff in Sweden than here in UK.

aeropilot

24,740 posts

195 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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P5BNij said:
Something I've noticed since looking into buying a yank classic is that there are now a fair number of dealers and specialists in Essex, more so than anywhere else it seems. Quite a few in the East Mids area too.
Many to be avoided as well wink

P5BNij

9,251 posts

74 months

Thursday 2nd May 2019
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aeropilot said:
P5BNij said:
Something I've noticed since looking into buying a yank classic is that there are now a fair number of dealers and specialists in Essex, more so than anywhere else it seems. Quite a few in the East Mids area too.
Many to be avoided as well wink
Speaking from experience...?


aeropilot

24,740 posts

195 months

Thursday 2nd May 2019
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P5BNij said:
aeropilot said:
P5BNij said:
Something I've noticed since looking into buying a yank classic is that there are now a fair number of dealers and specialists in Essex, more so than anywhere else it seems. Quite a few in the East Mids area too.
Many to be avoided as well wink
Speaking from experience...?
Not personal, but from within known circles shall we say.

Even with current exchange rates, its still cheaper to import from USA than to buy one already here, especially one being sold by a dealer, although easier to see it in person of course here.

neutral 3

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5,365 posts

138 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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Nice 70, but i dont care for the black hood.

Edited by neutral 3 on Sunday 5th May 00:39

irocfan

27,457 posts

158 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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aeropilot said:
Even with current exchange rates, its still cheaper to import from USA than to buy one already here, especially one being sold by a dealer, although easier to see it in person of course here.
I'm not sure I'd agree 100% with that. I was looking at a 5th gen Camaro but once I'd got to the exact spec I wanted the car I ended up buying was a UK version which cost me less than importing one (regrettably though I do pay the extra road-rent frown)

Total loss

2,138 posts

195 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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neutral 3 said:
I think that was Cliff Davis cars, I remember their adverts and drove past there in 83, whilst on my way to the Tr Shop, which was just down the road.
I recall a very scruffy yellow Mistral being parked nearby as well !
I used to often call in at Cliff Davis cars as I knew one of the guys there from drag racing, and the TR shop as I had a Triumph.
While at Cliff Davis one time (early to mid'80' it would have been) I saw a Hemi Orange Hemi Challenger drive in, it had power windows, rare and centerlines. Seems to have been an unknown car in the UK as none of the UK Mopar guys recognises it. Maybe it's still in London, parked up for all these years just like the '70 Hemi Cuda in the underground carpark in London since the '70s.

Total loss

2,138 posts

195 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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aeropilot said:
Has a 6-pack, but doesn't look to be an original 6-Pack car though
Yep, it's not, V code for all 6-pack cars

aeropilot

24,740 posts

195 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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irocfan said:
aeropilot said:
Even with current exchange rates, its still cheaper to import from USA than to buy one already here, especially one being sold by a dealer, although easier to see it in person of course here.
I'm not sure I'd agree 100% with that. I was looking at a 5th gen Camaro but once I'd got to the exact spec I wanted the car I ended up buying was a UK version which cost me less than importing one (regrettably though I do pay the extra road-rent frown)
You're talking about a nasty modern car though, not a proper one wink

irocfan

27,457 posts

158 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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aeropilot said:
You're talking about a nasty modern car though, not a proper one wink
hehe

newsatten

1,151 posts

82 months

Monday 6th May 2019
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Ive a 71 340 RT, genuine S code car, dont discount a HiPo small block car, absolutely love mine,
goes better than a 440 RM23 i had a few years back, and has much better steering response to, although its a 70's yank so the handling is academic!

Chally's come up for sale here time from time, so ask yourself a question how happy are handing over a large chunk of cash to a second hand car dealer thousands of miles away, for a almost a 50 year old car that you havnt seen???

Add that to the fact the build quality of yank muscle cars was absolutely appalling , with Chrysler probably being the worst, the chances of buying a car thats not been done to death is almost impossible i'd have thought!

A newer restored car, ie one done in the last 10 years will probably been have done with AMD panels ?? and as such will be / should be better the a Asian/Chinese Challenger!

Buy a good one and you wont regret it, look epic from any angle, drive really not bad for there age, tons of go, not to big, will fit a standard garage, and few in number, unlike the Ford Clitoris Pony Car,

Enjoy finding one,

neutral 3

Original Poster:

5,365 posts

138 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Edited by neutral 3 on Tuesday 7th May 01:08

aeropilot

24,740 posts

195 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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newsatten said:
Ive a 71 340 RT, genuine S code car, dont discount a HiPo small block car, absolutely love mine,
goes better than a 440 RM23 i had a few years back, and has much better steering response to, although its a 70's yank so the handling is academic!
Yep, the 340 is a good mill, as it was the basis of Mopar's Trans Am campaign with the AAR Cuda and T/A Challenger.

Have always had a soft spot for the Dart GTS with this motor. Dart is another more UK friendly size as well, and 'relatively' cheap compared with Cuda's and Chally's.


P5BNij

9,251 posts

74 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Probably not helping much, but.... well I mean... err... hehe


neutral 3

Original Poster:

5,365 posts

138 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Love it P5B !!

More please !

71 T / A 340 I believe.

aeropilot

24,740 posts

195 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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neutral 3 said:
Love it P5B !!

More please !

71 T / A 340 I believe.
It's a '70.......in Panther Pink.
The homologation special T/A was a '70 model year only, and they only made just over 2000 of them.


neutral 3

Original Poster:

5,365 posts

138 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Typo error, I've got ma specs on now.