This handsome 1971 Dodge HEMI Charger R/T is like no other. Not only is this car one of only 63 produced in 1971 with the legendary 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI V8 in its final year of production, but it is one of 3 HEMI Charger R/Ts equipped with the rare power sunroof (M51) option. But it is only one feature on what is the most optioned out 1971 Dodge HEMI Charger R/Ts to exist.
The R/T’s base price of $3,223 gave buyers an already potent machine, but it did not take this one’s original buyer long to pile on the goodies and bump the final MSRP up to a healthy $6,304.60. The first big item, of course, was the dual-quad-equipped HEMI, which was underrated at 425 horsepower. The HEMI is mated to a Slap-Stik TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic and features the Super Track Pack (A34) rear end augmented with power steering, and brakes. Currently, the car shows 35,738 original miles on the odometer.
Exterior features include a blacked-out and domed hood, longitudinal side tape stripes, and twin vertical door tape stripes that visually identify the R/T package; this example adds Rallye wheels, front and rear spoilers, a White vinyl roof and color-keyed elastomeric bumpers, and racing mirrors to match its HEMI Orange (V2) paint.
Inside, the car features a White interior and is equipped with luxury and performance goodies. Those amenities include power windows, light and driver aid groups, a rear window defogger, AM/FM radio with 8-track and Dictaphone, and a rim-blow steering wheel. The original buyer also ordered the rare, optional rear shoulder belts for the car. When it arrived for delivery, the seat belts were installed, but the factory had neglected to install the actual shoulder belt assemblies, though the broadcast sheet confirmed them as being installed.
Documentation for the car includes a broadcast sheet revealing the long list of factory-installed options and a laminated window sticker. This car is arguably among the most well-known HEMI Chargers of all time due to exposure in several coffee table style books and magazine feature articles as well as a matching 1:18 scale die-cast model. The car also had a high-caliber list of owners including famed Mopar collector Steve Segal and former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene. It also was shown as a main part of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum in Alabama for several years.
The car is scheduled to cross the Mecum Kissimmee auction block on Friday, January 13th, 2023. Mecum says it believes the car should bring in around $450,000 to $550,000. We think that is a bid high for a 1971 model, but unique muscle cars have been going for record amounts lately.
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