1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Another visitor to Alameda's downtown makes it into Down On The Street.

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Illustration for article titled 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE

I was on my way to watch the A's get damn-near-no-hit by Phil Hughes and stopped at my favorite island taqueria to grab a chile verde burrito… and look what was parked out front! I hung around for a few minutes, hoping the owner would show up and I could ask about the car's history, but no dice. Is it a genuine 440 Six-Pack R/T that gets a lot of street time? Who can say? I'm just glad it sees asphalt outside of car shows.

Illustration for article titled 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE

This is our third Alameda Challenger in this series, after this extremely clean '70 and this extremely mean '73, and it appears to be a slightly rough but basically solid example of what Challengers looked like before they weighed more than two tons.

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DISCUSSION

In 1970, a Western Sport Special (WSS) Challenger was built at the LA plant and sold at West Coast dealers. The optional package included a WSS decal on the rear fenders, woodgrain instrument panel applique, rim blow steering wheel, a remote control mirror and various other moldings.

Production figures were:

145 with 225 Slant Six

1066 with 318 V8

381 with 383 big block

1 to 8 (maybe) with 340 performance package

Information on this WSS really varied from website to website, so the accuracy of this is debatable, as usual.