THE CAR AND ITS OWNER: 1970 Dodge Charger owned by Alan Stewart
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING: The second-generation 1968-70 Chargers are revered for their illustrious NASCAR racing record and equal notoriety in films and television. Iconic driver Bobby Isaac would use Chargers to set speed records and win multiple races, including the 1970 Grand National Stock Car Championship. And Hollywood producers would turn to the Dodge to star in the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, amaze moviegoers in chasing Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” Mustang, and serve as Vin Diesel’s transportation in the hit film, “The Fast and the Furious.” The Charger may be the most-used movie ride in history, with the Internet Movie Car Database listing 33 pages of screen appearances over the years. Today, the second generation’s swoopy “Coke bottle” curves and high horsepower tantalize muscle car aficionados on Long Island and around the country, including Stewart.
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT: Since February 2014
WHERE HE FOUND IT: Stewart says he bought it from the second owner, a friend and fellow car club member, after asking him about it for two years.
CONDITION: “The Charger was originally restored by my friend a few years before,” Stewart says, “and when I purchased it from him, I ‘fine-tuned’ it to make it perfect” so it could go on to win first place and best-in-show trophies. The color, he says, is “Sublime”green, one of Dodge’s “High Impact” fluorescent hues of the early ‘70s that also included “Top Banana,” “Hemi Orange,” “Panther Pink,” “Plum Crazy” and “Go Mango.” Stewart’s coupe is equipped with a 440-cubic-inch V-8 engine pumping out over 375 horsepower, a Hurst four-speed manual transmission with pistol grip shifter, high-back bucket seats and an original factory AM radio with optional 8-track tape player. He says the black “440” hood cutout was a one-year-only option.
TIPS FOR OWNERS: “If you’re looking for the ultimate muscle car, or any car you have longed to own,” he advises, “don’t settle for anything less than what you are looking for. In the long run, you will be happy you did.”
VALUE: Stewart has insured the coupe for $80,000.
THE BOTTOM LINE: “This is the muscle car of muscle cars for the ‘70s,” he says. “I wanted this car for over two years, mainly because it is equipped with all the ‘bells and whistles.’” Stewart says his Charger is currently on display at Oyster Bay’s Collector Car Showcase museum.