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I've been searching for an original Panther Pink 1970 Challenger for quite a few years now. I setup my E-bay account to send me an e-mail whenever one gets listed. Unforunately the e-mails I've been getting were almost always for diecast model cars. Then one lucky morning I received an e-mail showing listings for 2 of them! They were virtually identical. One was in Pennsylvania. The other in Texas. The one in Texas was rusted out pretty bad and had the quarter panels cut out of it. The one in Pennsylvania was in an accident 25 years previously and was missing the entire nose. Living in Vermont, it was a pretty easy decission as to which car I was going to bid on. And bid on it I did.

So two weeks later I found myself traveling to PA with a rented truck and a borrowed trailer. Here she is (pink cars are all she's), ready to take off the trailer and store in the shop. As it always seems to be the case with bright colored cars, it was repainted in a much tamer color. The bottom picture is what it would have looked like back in 1970 minus the black longitudinal stripe and ralley wheels.

Instead of going the R/T clone route, I decided that I would go for factory original. According to the broadcast sheet it had dual stripe white wall tires with "Challenger" hubcaps. It should look pretty interesting.

NOTE: For the curious, the car in the bottom picture is actually a rare special order paint 1971 Challenger in Panther Pink. From this angle it looks the same as a 1970, but without the Challenger badging.