The Dodge Challenger is a car that has imprinted its mark on the motoring world. And with 2023 being its last year of production before retirement, the model has gained immense popularity among collectors and enthusiasts. First introduced as a value version of the Coronet in 1959, the Dodge Challenger gained its own model in 1969 with the unveiling of the car as a pony car and featuring stark similarities with the Plymouth Barracuda. The second generation Challenger was a badge-engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda/Sapporo and was produced from 1978 to 1983. Up for grabs is a second-generation 1980 Dodge Challenger with just 15,000 miles on the odometer and a suitable collector's item.
The car is the 2-door notchback variant, with angular lines throughout. The exterior is done in the original and first released two-tone color scheme of silver and charcoal with a dual pinstripe of red and gold separating the two. The front fascia features a split grille in chrome with recessed quad rectangular headlights. The bottom is host to a black painted front bumper with bolted-on fog lights. The chrome Challenger badge is visible on the hood's bottom right edge. The sides feature dark-tinted windows with louvers near the c-pillars and chrome door and side mirrors. The rear features a body-length taillight design with a black rear bumper and the Dodge badge on the trunk lid of the notchback. The Challenger sits on a set of aftermarket wire-mesh wheels from Western. The interior is finished in a comforting grey with crushed velour seating surfaces with plaid inserts. For its time, the Dodge Challenger was complete, so to say, as it featured a remote opening trunk, electronically controlled exterior mirrors, map lights, and more. The seller reports that the car is all original and the interior features a Kenwood stereo and amplifier, and the air conditioning works.
Keeping in line with its sporty design, the 1980 Dodge Challenger features a 2.6L inline-4 engine coupled with a smooth 5-speed automatic transmission. A distinctive feature of the 2.6L variant is the balance shafts developed by Mitsubishi to reduce engine noise and vibrations. The Challenger uses disc brakes on all four corners for optimal stopping power.
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