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Under the hood was a 440 engine that featured some internal upgrades for heavy duty use when compared to the standard version. The air cleaner had to make use of underhood air on 1970 Chargers, as no hood treatment was offered.

Figuring he would need a little umph since he intended to use the Charger to tow his aluminum nose Savoy Max Wedge drag car, the Super Trak Pak was chosen for the driveline. This mandated an A833 four speed (stirred by Hurst’s Pistol Grip shifter), the Dana 60 differential and steep 4.10 gears. Almost had to wonder which one was going down the racetrack! For this reason, a trailer hitch was added to the new $5,016.00 car soon after it was delivered.

What Gordon didn’t know was that he was the only one to add this group of options to a Charger that year. The crowning touch was a blue vinyl interior, accented by the SE’s woodtrim, though he did opt out of putting the factory ‘Tic-Toc-Tach’ clock/tachometer in the dash. He had the car for several years, but lost track of it after the mid 1970s.

When Jerry Benfield, the service manager at Walter Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Lenoir, N.C. picked up this car in 2001 to add to a small group of performance Mopars he owns, he thought it was pretty special. Jerry bought it from the third owner, who also lived in North Carolina. Next, he began amassing the parts to put the car back together.

Though running, the 440 went onto the engine stand after the machine popped it out .030 and put together a freshened short-block.


The new Chrysler Six Pack package was available on the 440 and the Trans-Am homologation 340 models. It featured vacuum-controlled secondaries and was considered a big improvement over the version Chevrolet employed on the 435-horse Corvette engine by the era’s new car reviewers.

Detailing, a fresh stock-grind cam, and a mild set-up on the carbs are the extent of the changes, and that was it. That Super Trak Pak driveline is almost impossible to tear up; it received little more than fluid changes. Year One helped Jerry out with a lot of the parts for the project, and once it was ready, the body ended up at Jimmy’s Paint and Collision in Granite Falls, N.C, for a fresh vinyl top and a deep sheen of black paint. Rallye wheels shod in BF Goorich radial tires were one compromise from a complete OEM restoration in the desire to make the car fun to drive.

Ironically, as the process went on and Jerry began chasing the Charger’s history, he and Gordon had a chance to talk, and Gordon admitted he was really interested in buying the car back. Jerry understood why, but he had also grown quite attached to the R/T SE, and it will stay in the Tarheel State for the time being. Gordon graciously gave him all the background info he remembered about it.

Hemi Chargers from 1970 are pretty scarce, and there are probably some better optioned Six Packs versions around, but for both Gordon and Jerry, this particular example is the best of the cruisers. The R/T option would last only one more year, as would the 440 Six Pack engine, and most of the cool options. The SE carried on all the way through the 1975 redesign and would die with the final B-body Chargers.

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