1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Survivor
“I think this is likely the best survivor T/A in existence,” says Tim. “There are a couple of things that have been changed or fixed on it over the years, but it is a real time capsule. I don’t own many small-block cars, but I have never regretted buying this one. Like the AAR, it is a lot of fun to drive.”
Production: 2400 (989 four speeds)
Color: EB3 Light Blue Metallic with a B5 Blue interior
Standard Equipment: A53 Trans Am package (T/A graphics, fiberglass hood, rear fiberglass spoiler, side exit exhaust, heavy duty suspension, E55 340 engine, D21 four speed, D56 3.55 Sure grip, U01 Goodyear tires - E60 front/G60 rear tires front, V6H tape stripe, W34 collapsible spare)
The T/A hood was by far its most visible feature, and for good reason; this was perhaps the most effective scoop design to ever come from Detroit. Chrysler engineers used the raised forward opening to prevent turbulent over-hood air from entering the inlet. It proved to be a winner in drag racing when the hood was optionally offered on all performance models due to safety issues with the Challenger's original ‘Shaker’ design.
Options: (A44) rear window louvers (includes black vinyl top) * (A45) front spoiler package * (C16) console * (G34) outside LH remote painted mirror * (R11) AM radio * (J46) locking gas cap * (J55) undercoating * 15x7 Rallye wheels.
Cost in 1970: $4200 – plus.
The lines of the Challenger remain classic, enough so that this was the basic design selected for the re-release of the model in the 21st century. The T/A was certainly the most visually radical of the breed offered during the car’s five-year production cycle 1970-1974.
Offset tire sized on the E53 models were a first for Chrysler, allowing the body to attain a forward rake right off the showroom floor. The chrome exhaust tips were dealer-added following delivery to prevent damage in transit.
This Sav-A-Space spare tire came with a can of inflator; all of it is very hard to find if you need one for your E-body restoration.
The E55 small-block had the Six Pack Holley set-up on an Edelbrock manifold. The motor also had adjustable rockers, which had been discontinued when production ended on the 273 four-barrel. It was the most serious LA-series engine Chrysler released back in the day. Keith Black did the actual Trans-Am race versions, which displaced 305” inches.
Among the options on the T/A are the B5 Blue interior, which gives it a great deal of curb appeal. Note the Pistol Grip and dash layout; this is an unrestored car.
The view from above and behind again shows that raw muscle was a characteristic of the E53 package cars, making both the T/A and AAR legendary small-block vehicles from the musclecar era and very much at home at the Wellborn Musclecar Museum.