A 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Brought Me to the Brand

For some of us, becoming a Dodge fan wasn’t so much of a choice as it was an inherited trait. If you were born into a Mopar family, you know what we’re talking about. Maybe mom and dad had a Dodge in the driveway while you were growing up, or maybe it was an older brother or that cool uncle that introduced you to what it means to have a V8 under the hood. Kurt Balhorn knows all about having Mopar in his bloodstream. His father had both a 1968 Charger and a 1972 Plymouth Sebring, so when it came time to get his first set of wheels, Kurt turned to a 1970 Charger R/T in Plum Crazy.

Kurt says, “I’ve been a loyal Dodge owner ever since. I also have a ’07 Charger Daytona (Plum Crazy) as my daily driver and absolutely love it!”
The best part of this story? Kurt still has his original ’70 Charger, only now it’s a fully-restored show stopper. Don’t ever let go of that one, Kurt.


  • 440
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Oh,how I wish the Charger on the right was a 2011 model !!!

     Nothing sounds as awesome as a 440…except a solid cam 426 HEMI !!

  • Posted March 29, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Those are some sweet looking rides.  IF you want to see them in person the High Impact Performance Auto Club’s 5th annual Mopar show will be May 14th in Omaha.



    Posted March 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    The lines just flow on the 70 Charger.  The new one just looks stubby and big.  I liked the long front ends, puffed out wheel wells, contoured bends, and hidden headlights.  More thought was put into the design aesthetics instead of just worrying about aerodynamics.

  • moparman
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    The sad thing is, until I saw the second picture, I thought the vehicle in the foreground of the first picture was a truck.

  • PlumKrz70
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I really enjoy both of these Chargers.  I’m constantly receive comments on both of them.  I found the ’70 back in 1987 and purchased it for $250!  It wasn’t in this good of shape but it was a true R/T in Plum Crazy with the optional Gator Grain vinyl top.  It was my daily driver until 2000 when i decided it was time to do a full restoration. 

    The ’07 Daytona is a joy to drive, everyday.  I love the Hemi and Daytona graphics and the dark slate interior with matching purple stitching and dash bezel.  The best thing is that it has 350 horses and can still eek out 26 mpg on the highway with MDS.  You have to love that!

    The 2011 Charger design is starting to grow on me and I hope that Dodge considers Plum Crazy for the 2012 model year.  At least for the SRT version.  Thanks RLD for posting my Plum Crazy Chargers!

  • Posted April 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I agree this is a really thoughtfully written story, thank you for sharing this!

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