One of the featured classes at the 2012 Concours of America was Trans Am race cars. One of the cars on display, a Dodge Challenger with notable provenance is currently on sale over at Hemmings:
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A race car, This Concours Class restored original factory racer is a time capsule back to the height of the American Muscle Car revolution. Developed in the AAR (All American Racers) chassis shop of legendary racer/owner Dan Gurney, the car was then transferred to Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Racing fabrication shop. There, Autodynamics finished the chassis developmental work and took over final race preparation and race day team responsibilities on this Dodge brand sponsored racer. This specific race car was one of only two “factory-backed” Dodge racing Challengers ever produced, and was the template car for the popular street version sold through the Dodge dealer organization, the Dodge Challenger T/A.
The car has been meticulously restored by vintage racing experts Ed and Bryan Skanes’ “Vintage Trans-Am Racers”, restorers of BOTH the Dan Gurney Trans Am racing #48/#42 Plymouth ‘Cuda and the stable-mate to this offering, the Autodynamics Racing #77 Dodge Challenger.
Extensive restoration and historical documents accompany this car as part of the sale. Also included are rare 1970 Trans-Am photos of the original chassis construction process which were used to guide the restoration of this incredible piece of American racing history. The new owner receives this entire collection of vehicle associated documents and photos as part of the sale.
This car offers the perfect combination of authentic racing history and collectability as a show car or allows the owner to vintage race it at vintage racing events across the country.
With Sam Posey as the primary driver for the team, Autodynamics campaigned these cars in the glory days of the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am series. This specific car being sold, badged as the #76, was raced four times in the 1970 Trans-Am series, three times driven by Sam Posey, who drove it at Donnybrooke, St. Jovite, and in the Kent race. In the final race held at Riverside, Tony Adamowicz was the driver while Sam Posey switched to the #77 Challenger that more famously became known as “the cheater car”. (Note: “Vintage Trans-Am Racers” restored and verified the #77 Challenger also.)
Overall, the Dodge Challenger T/As finished in the points six times out of the eleven races and three times as high as third place. In 1971, Dodge made the decision to pull out of the series and the pair of Challenger race cars were sold.
This #76 car was transformed into an USAC eligible racer and competed in the USAC stock car division into the late 1970’s. It changed hands multiple times, but never raced again. In the late 1980s, Ed Skanes, co-owner of “Vintage Trans-Am Racers”, discovered the car while working on another Trans-Am racing project (the Dan Gurney AAR ‘Cuda) and eventually acquired it for their business in 1990.
Following restoration, this car won “Best of Show: Racing All Classes” at the 2009 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, Keeneland Concours d’Elegance and the Dayton Concours d’Elegance event. Plus it also received special recognition and trophied at the world-famous 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The car has also been exhibited on behalf of Chrysler Corporation LLC at the 2008 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) show in Las Vegas, as well as other factory sponsored events. Most recently it appeared at the Autodynamics Racing Reunion in Lime Rock, Connecticut in September 2012, where it brought back many fond memories to Ray Caldwell, Jack McCormick and other members of the Autodynamics Trans-Am racing family.
Features of this car include one of its original Keith Black Trans-Am racing engines that has been fully rebuilt and is spec correct for the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am racing season. Other key original racing components include the transmission, rear-end, suspension, and wheels plus much more.
The discerning collector will recognize the historical significance and rarity of this unique vehicle, as well as the fun and recognition this car brings with it at only $500,000 OBO.
Thank you for your interest. Should you like further information about this beautiful 1970 Dodge Challenger race car or wish to set-up an appointment to view it, please call Bryan at (859) 327-2429 or email.
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