I really like 1973 Challengers. I’d actually argue that styling-wise they represent the best of the E-body lineup. That’s they way it always is at the end of a run though, right? Subtle changes are made each model year before a redesign and that last one before the language changes always seems to represent the finest of the breed. The lines are more taught, the edges maybe a little more crisp, the whole package just a little nicer. That was certainly the case with this 1973 340ci car that was a stunner before meeting what looks to have been a tree or utility pole at a big rate of speed. The way the whole front of the car is mangled indicates that this thing really had some gusto when the lights went out.
We have showed cars in this series that are marginal even before a wreck but not this one. This car was really, really good. We know that the horsepower numbers hit the skids really hard after ’71 so this car isn’t the fastest of more desirable of the bunch but it was an amazing example of a 1973 Dodge Challenger and what’s more important than that?
Whoever bought this car new, if what we are seeing is true to the VIN and options ordered, had some dough. It has all the luxury stuff, AC, the trunk wing, side stripes, etc. This was not a person trying to blend into the background and this was certainly not a car to be trying that with. Not being a Mopar freak by nature, I don’t think that this is an R/T car so the 340 under the hood would have been making a modest 275hp. Not enough to run down muscle cars but enough to put a smile on your girl’s face when you hammered the gas.
Those boys at Graveyard cars need to get their mitts on this junk before someone buys it and cuts the valuable stuff out of it and then sends the carcass to scrap. Man, whoever owns this thing must be sick to see it like this. Tough break for sure.
Check out these photos and then hit the link for the Copart listing to see what the price has risen to –