Chrysler has scrapped not only the powerful 426 cubic-inch (7.0-litre) HEMI but also the six-barrel version of the 440 cubic-inch (7.2-litre) RB. Also, by 1972 most of the Hi-Impact colors were gone. These adjustments are also affected by the increased premium, making the high-performance R/T version less appealing. In fact, Dodge sold only 3,118 Charger R/Ts in 1971.

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By 2022, these cars are highly sought after, especially those equipped with the V8 426 HEMI and 440 Six Pack engines. The former is the hardest to locate, with only 63 produced, while the latter is equally scarce, with only 178 produced. If you’re looking for a 1971 Charger with a sunroof, you’ll have to be really lucky as Dodge only sold 30 units that year.

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But how much do these cars cost when rebuilt to original specifications and still have a platform that matches the numbers? The majority of them fetch six-figure sums at public auctions, though prices vary according to the rarity and options of a particular car. For example, this Citron Yella 440/automatic is expected to sell for between $125,000 and $175,000 at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January 2023.

What makes it so valuable? First off, it’s a fantastic restoration that looks brand new both inside and out, as well as underneath the hood. And the 440 Six Pack (385 hp) and the three-speed automatic both match. In addition, it is one of only 98 cars produced with this powertrain combination. But wait, there’s more. A36 rear axle with 3.55 gear, power steering and brake assist, double racing mirrors, hood retainer and Houndstooth bucket seat with center console are all options on this 1971 Charger.

On top of that, it’s a famous car because it was once owned by Sylvester Stallone. According to legend, “Sly” bought a car for his son, Sage. Despite the fact that he bought it in “special condition”, he proceeded to restore the frame. One that should have won an Oscar. There’s no word on how long it has been with Stallone’s children, but the Charger will be auctioned off from the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Collection from January 4-15, 2023.

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