The story of the first 1970 Hemi Charger
built for Canada
The owner of Century Chrysler in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada would order himself a car of his dreams every year. For 1970 he ordered a Charger R/T with a hemi and a long list of options. The car was built to USA specifications and as dealer demonstrator with a production date of September 10, 1969. The car was sold to R. Anton of Selkirk, Manitoba once Century Chrysler was done with it. The car had some chrome added to it and a diamond tuck leather interior. It spent the next few year touring central Canada and the north central part of the USA in many different car shows including the world of wheels. The car was sold to L Nicholls who moved the car western Canada.
This is where my brother came across the car. L Nicholls decided to sell the car and my brother bought it for $12,900. Many friends and family thought the price was outrageous, but my brother loved the car. This would be his second mopar muscle car at a very young age as my father was a Dodge mechanic in the late sixties and early seventies and had us brain washed from birth. My brother�s first mopar was a 1970 road runner with a 383 magnum. My first mopar was a 1968 Charger with a 318 and I then moved to a 1970 road runner with a 440six pack just before my brother picked up this charger. My brother enjoyed the car and showed it and drove it on sunny days and hot nights. It could be seen launching off of red lights most evenings for the next three years. My brother passed away enjoying what he loved best, speed, in another one of his built up hot rods.
I stuffed the charger into a garage on my parent�s acreage and starting my grieving process. For seven years the charger sat in the garage only to be started up, driven to the highway and back, about one mile, cleaned and parked back into the garage. As time slowly healed my wound, I started to show the car and drive it on sunny days. I didn�t know what number matching meant or if this was even a real hemi car. Nobody cared before, so I decided to educate myself and check into it. The serial number stated it was a hemi and from there I checked the number on the block. The build sheet took some time to find as the interior was all redone in diamond tuck leather so there were no build sheets left in the seats. I tried the top of the glove box, but even it had been redone with leather inside, so still no build sheet. After checking all the usual spots that Mopar fanatics suggested to check, my father told me he had found them under the rug below the glove box as they sometime fell off onto the floor. I pulled back the carpet that is all still original and found a build sheet, the one and only.
This August the car will mark its 25th year in my family. I have redone the interior back to original, which were simply, the seats, package tray, glove box, door panels and headliner. I was even lucky enough to get the NOS material for the head liner, one advantage of having burnt orange interior. I have had the paint detailed which including repainting the front two fenders and the bottom portion of the rear quarters. As far as I know the 44,000 original mile car still has some of the original paint on it. When I show the car or people stop me to see it, I don�t feel I�m showing my hemi charger or even my brother�s hemi charger. I feel I�m showing a part of muscle car history. I hope you enjoy this car as much as my father, brother, and I. If you�re ever at a red light and I pull up beside you, don�t sit there and wonder if the middle aged guy babies his old car, because you�ll see nothing but my rear bumper once that light turns green. The love of speed is a family thing.