The Dodge Scat Pack Story: 1970 Charger R/T SE

1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE

 

The Dodge Charger R/T was arguably the most luxurious member of the Dodge Scat Pack lineup for 1970, especially when equipped with the SE option package like the gorgeous black example shown here.

 

The SE designation was short for Special Edition, and on the 1970 Charger, it included leather and vinyl bucket seats, a woodgrain steering wheel and matching woodgrain instrument panel, shiny pedal trim and a special lighting group with turn signal indicators built into the hood.

 

Of course, this was on top of all the standard equipment for the Charger R/T: 440 Magnum V8 with four-barrel carb and dual exhaust, R/T suspension package, heavy-duty brakes, 14-inch wheels with F70 polyglas raised white letter or white-sidewall tires and a bumblebee or longitudinal stripe. On this Charger, a red bumblebee stripe is just visible encircling the rear, striking a dramatic contrast with the jet black exterior paint.

 

While the 440 Magnum was standard equipment on the Charger R/T, the 390 horsepower 440 Six Pack could be had for a few dollars more. If you wanted be Buddy Baker or Dick Landy, the awesome 426 HEMI® engine was  also available packing 425 horses under that long hood. With both the 440 Six Pack and 426 HEMI®, buyers had to choose between comfort or speed as air conditioning was not available on these multi-carbureted beasts.  Strange but true: Standard (non-R/T) Charger models could be ordered with the economical Slant Six for power. Not surprisingly, few buyers equipped their Chargers that way, and it’s rather unusual to find one today.

 

While the 1970 Charger is visually similar to the ’68 and ’69 models, there’s a foolproof way to tell them apart. The ’70 version has a heavy chrome front bumper that fully encircles the grille and hidden headlamps that form a single large rectangle. The ’70 R/T models also came standard with a rear-facing nonfunctional scoop on the door. In this regard, the ’70 Charger stands alone, making it easy to identify in a crowd of classic Dodge muscle cars.

 

Which Dodge Charger model started your passion? We want to hear about it in the comments below.

 


  • epicurus

    Beautiful car

  • Northdad

    Had a ’70 Sublime Charger R/T, 440 4 barrel, pistol grip 4 speed. It was a going machine!

  • h.kachtheman@gmail.com

    I own a 1970 Dodge Charger SE, with 383 Magnum engine. Have not used car since 1982. Clean body and interior, brown leather bucket seats. Will sell for going price’s. Exterior top leather needs to be replaced. Ready to be restored and bring back to life.

  • van crawford

    MY first car was a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T S.E. man what i wouldnt give to have it back. It didnt take long for all the State Troopers to figure out that there was no need for them to ever take chase probably because they didnt like beeing made fun of back at there headquarters.

  • Dre

    i like this car alot it has a great look to it and that is my dream car i really want one who is selling

  • Hemihead

    Don’t have the SE, here is my Hemi Charger R/T. Most Hemi’s were bought low option for speed, it was 875.00 more for the Hemi option , that was a lot of money back then!