Highlights

  • The only 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T with factory sunroof
  • Previously part of the renowned Steve Juliano collection
  • Documented with the original broadcast sheet
  • Special Sunroof order no. on broadcast sheet reads G00306
  • Extensive concours restoration completed using original and NOS parts
  • Sunroof installed by ASC in Detroit, Michigan
  • 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Pistol Grip shifter
  • A33 Track Pack
  • Power steering
  • Power disc brakes
  • Shaker hood with hold down pins
  • Hemi Orange with White longitudinal striping
  • White vinyl top and interior
  • Bucket seats and center console
  • Power windows
  • Rear spoiler
  • Original spare and cannister
  • Rallye wheels and Goodyear Polyglas tires
  • A 10% buyer premium applies
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Story

Dodge Challenger R/Ts were sport models, but even as these cars entered only their second season of production, radical changes were taking hold of the market. One result was Dodge’s decision not to offer a convertible version of the R/T for 1971. The Hemi Challenger R/T SE here is one-of-one built and was the closest thing to a convertible available from Dodge on a performance E-body that year.

Previously part of the renowned Steven Juliano collection, the only 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T built with a factory sunroof is also one of the most spectacularly optioned 1971 Challengers in existence. Indeed, under the hood, it features both a main and continuation tag, as well as the third unique Hemi Fender tag denoting front wheel-house adaptations. Moreover, the level of trim and accessories is unequaled on any other example known, likely making this the most expensive Challenger R/T built in 1971.

As documented at the bottom of its original broadcast sheet, sunroof construction specifically notes the car for Special Handling. On the fender tag and vehicle form, that option was coded as G00306, with a build date scheduled for March 1971. Following that installation by contractor ASC in Detroit, Michigan, this car was shipped from Hamtramck to its first owner and became known within the hobby soon after its first decade of its existence. Having benefited from an extensive concours-grade restoration completed using original and NOS parts, this car came to Steven Juliano after being part pf the legendary Otis Chandler collection.

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Unlike the compression-reducing defanging many engines faced, the 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine left the stage fully intact in its final year of production. This powerplant rumbles underneath a sinister factory Shaker hood. Hammer it and dual 4-barrel carburetors howl for air and push a roar out through chrome tips in the rear valance. An A33 Track Pak option gave this R/T the 4-speed manual transmission and 3.54 Sure Grip Dana 60 differential, power front disc brakes and heavy-duty cooling equipment.

Adding codes A45 and A46 resulted in the front and rear spoiler packages and molding groups, respectively, which in turn dress up the beautiful EV2 Hemi Orange paint, white vinyl top and interior combination in a spectacular fashion. Other visual components include the aforementioned Shaker hood, hood pins, twin white longitudinal stripes and rear fender vent simulators. In fact, there are 6 J-type codes and 6 M-type codes on the fender tag.

Once inside, this car is even more upscale. The M51 Power Sunroof is over an interior with bucket seats and a console, Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, P31 power windows, N85 Tachometer, Rallye dash package and top-shelf R36 AM/FM radio with cassette player. This car also has power steering and the wood-grain rim-blow steering. Detailed throughout, an original Save-A-Space spare with fill cannister can be seen when the trunk is open.

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The crowning touch would be the Rallye wheels with chrome trim rings, argent centers and big Goodyear Polyglas GT F60-15 tires. Coupled with the orange paint and white vinyl components, the black Shaker scoop with 426 Hemi callout tags, black spoiler package and the grille and rear panel blackout paint combine to create a highly visual tri-color combination. 

The final year ever for the R/T, there are other 1971 Hemi Challengers in existence, but no other sunroof-equipped versions are known to have been built. Couple that rarity with the incredible optional equipment found on this car, and its availability is an opportunity equal to its exclusivity. After all, this is the only 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T built with a factory sunroof.

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