Mysterious 1973 Dodge Challenger has a surprise under the hood

  • This 1973 Dodge Challenger has a surprise under its hood
  • Its paintwork is covering up something that you might not expect, too
  • It’s currently for sale on eBay for $19,000

Published on Jul 02, 2024 at 5:22 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jul 03, 2024 at 11:34 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This mysterious 1973 Dodge Challenger is hiding a surprise under its hood.

Its paintwork is also covering up something that you might not expect.

It’s currently for sale on eBay for $19,000 with lower offers not accepted.

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The 1973 Dodge Challenger

By the early 1970s, sales of the Dodge Challenger had slumped.

However, the 1973 model resulted in a sales spike with 32,596 units sold up from 26,648 units the year before.

But with the Challenger’s wheels grinding to a halt, changes were happening in the engine department.

The iconic six-cylinder mill was no longer available.

Instead, the base engine on the Challenger was switched to a 318 two-barrel unit packing 150 horsepower.

However, not all buyers wanted to opt for this and instead asked for more powerful, bespoke units.

These cars went up to 340 with 240 horsepower for $181 extra.

However, this Dodge Challenger concept is new breathing new life into the iconic car.

In a little less slick imagining, this over-the-top Dodge Challenger limo has gullwing doors.

Several surprises

While the teal finish is Marmite to the eye, the car was originally painted yellow.

Take a deeper look beneath the hood and you’ll find a 440 V8 – although it’s unclear whether it’s still running.

The work required

Requiting fixing in key areas and sold in project car condition, we only have limited info on the eBay listing by butterclassics.

Potential buyers will have to contend with surface rust on the undercarriage and should check out the car in person where it’s parked in Boise, Idaho, US, to determine whether it’s gone through the car.

Step inside and, while nothing major appears to be missing, some major TLC is required.

Word to the wise: with the car languishing for decades some of the parts required for a restoration may no longer be in circulation.

In similar news, this son who bought an abandoned 1974 Dodge Challenger from his dad who didn’t realize he had a real treasure on his hands.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.