Regardless of horsepower or provenance, some cars simply win with the look and have an unmistakable presence. It’s just right — and a very easy case can be made that this 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible has it.
Its Go Mango color, RT-style stripes and Magnum 500 wheels exude muscle-car style, while the convertible top and automatic transmission suggest a boulevard-cruising priority over banging gears at the drag strip. Then again, there’s a 440 Six Pack under the hood, so there is some apparent function to complement the muscle-car form. It also has power steering, power brakes and the Rallye instrument cluster with a 150-mph speedometer.
According to the seller, the 440 Six Pack engine in this Challenger is a replacement for the original 318 engine (per the “G” in the VIN). It is said to have been rebuilt recently, along with the primary carburetor, and has approximately 600 miles on it. Aftermarket equipment includes an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, Mopar Performance finned aluminum valve covers and exhaust headers. The engine reportedly starts easily with a couple of pumps of the gas pedal. The seller notes no smoke at startup and no leaks or weeping. The three-speed automatic transmission the engine is matched with is also said to be leak-free and reportedly shifts smoothly.
The distinctive Go Mango exterior color appears to be in very good condition, with the seller reporting no rust in the body or swirl marks in the finish — but perhaps a few paint nicks here and there. The exterior trim and grille appear to be in very good condition, and the exterior glass is also reported to be in good condition, along with the seals. There are no reported water leaks and the power top is said to work well. Additionally, all of the exterior lighting is reported to work normally.
This Challenger’s white vinyl interior appears to be in good condition, with the seller reporting no rips or holes in the seat covers. The carpet, door panels, center console and dash pad are also reported to be in good condition, with only light visible wear. The car has power windows and the seller reports the master window switch requires replacement. The heater and gauges are said to work normally. There is also a factory AM radio.