The Standard base model Challengers came with
10 X 2.5 inch drum brakes in the front and rear.
Optional front vented disc brakes measured 10.75
inches with single piston, floating, pin type callipers, and
they were known to warp under heavy braking. When equipped with
the front discs, 10 X 2.5 inch rear drums were standard.
225 cubic inch, 1 barrel carb, making 110
Small Block V8 Options:
318 cubic inch, 2 barrel carb, making 150
bhp 340 cubic inch, 4 barrel carb, making 240
All models were equipped with standard A-230
3 speed manual, with the option of the the A-833 4 speed manual
or A-727 automatic transmission
All models came standard with a 8.75 inch housing
with 3.23 :1 and 3.55:1 ratios, were the only ratios offered,
and an option of "SureGrip" limited slip was available.
Light Group (A01), included Ashtray lamp, trunk lamp, glove
box lamp, map/courtesy lamp, ignition switch lamp w/time delay,
time delay instrument panel floodlight, fender mounted turn signals
except the R/T or 340 models, headlight-on reminder buzzer.
Basic Group (A04), included AM radio (upgrades could be ordered
at differential price), power steering, left remote mirror, upgrades
could be ordered at differential price, variable speed wipers and
Performance Axle Package (A36), available on cars with 4bbl
or multiple carburettors. Included 3.55:1 axle gears with Sure Grip
in a 8.75 inch axle, heavy duty cooling and heavy duty suspension.
Floor Console (C16), two different center consoles were used
on manual and automatic cars although they were very similar, and
the automatic shift handle was changed to the "T" shaped shifter
over the 1970 round shifter.
Rear Window Defroster (H31), 2dr hardtop models only. Included
an electric heater and blower motor mounted under the rear shelf
panel and blew up onto the rear window through a duct and vent.
Air Conditioning (H51), Belt driven R12 freon system, not
available on 340 six pack, 440 six pack, or Hemi models.
Body Sill Mouldings (M25), wide sill mouldings.
Four lenses, paired at opposite sides, with the backup indicators
mounted within the center of the inside taillights lenses.
Standard flat hood with low rising
center molded peak.
Power Bulge Hood. Contained a raised
center section which ran almost the width of the hood towards the
rear, containing 2 air vents, with the engine designation on each
outer side of the bulge, and a chrome Dodge logo along the front
of the bulge, now with the option of the large R/T log on the front.
Gas Caps: Body color, flush mounted
Standard manually controlled chrome mirror. Optional chrome
or body colored remote controlled "racing mirror".
Passenger side chrome or body colored manually controlled
Exterior Striping Offered: Rallye
cars had "borken" effect stripes leading out of the non-functional
fender vents, running down the doors. Roofline Options:
Vinyl roof was offered on all hardtops
Challengers. The offered vinyl roof colors were black, white, or
A power sunroof (option code M51)
was available in conjunction with the vinyl roof, and worked both
by a switch or by hand.
The rear cooling ducts were removed, but non-functional front
fender vent scoops were added.
Light Gunmetal Metallic (A4)
Blue Sky (B1)
Basin Street Blue (B3)
Bright Blue Metallic (B5)
Bright Red (E5)
Med. Green Metallic (F3)
Dark Green Metallic (F7)
Dark Tan Metallic (T8)
Top Banana (Y1)
Gold Metallic (Y8)
Dark Gold Metallic (Y9)
Standard steel wheels came one of two ways, painted
to match the body color until March of 1971 at
which point they were all painted black, with
a small "dog dish hubcap" which only covered the
lug area; or they came painted black with a full
rim cover. The full rim cover came in three styles,
a simulated wire wheel (W15), deep dish (W13),
or deluxe (W11). On Challengers equipped with
a slant six or 318, the stock rim size was 14x5
The Chrome Road wheel (option code W23)
was one optional wheel, and came in 14x5.5 inch.
This was also known as the Magnum 500 wheel.
The slotted Rallye Wheel (option code W21),
which has become one of the most popular "Stock
wheels for restroration projects, and they came
as 14 X 5.5. They came with a plated center cap,
larger than before, and no beauty ring.
For slant six models 7.35x14 Firestone were optional,
unless it was equipped with disc brakes, at which
point E78x14 Goodyears were standard. F70x14 Goodyears
were an option, but only with with heavy duty
318ci models came standard with F78x14
Goodyears, whether disc brakes were chosen or
not. F70x14 Goodyears were an option, but only
with with heavy duty suspension.
340 models came standard with F70x14 Goodyear
Polyglas GTs, whether disc brakes were chosen
or not, with optional E60x15 Goodyear Polyglas
Unlike the 1970 Challenger, the nameplate was
now a stick on piece as opposed to being embossed on the dash.
The dash held one center mounted speaker with
the AM-mono radio, and if the stereo radio was chosen, it had
the center mounted speaker, as well as one mounted in each end
of the dashboard.
The dashpad was color coded to match the interior
Manual transmission cars had a reverse warning
light fitted on the dash between the ashtray and glove box.
The standard cluster had a large 120mph speedometer
wth four smaller gauges to the right, with those gauges being
fuel, engine temp, alternator and, the clock.
An optional 'Rallye' instrument cluster contained
four large equal sized pods. From left to right, they were a
150 mph speedometer, 8,000 rpm tachometer, clock and one pod
containing four gauges, being oil pressure, alternator, engine
temperature and fuel.
The standard steering wheel was the same on all
models, and there was no optional wheel offered.
The standard wheel was a brushed silver two spoke
wheel, with a black grip and center horn button.
The standard door panel was one piece molded plastic,
in the interior trim color.
The option door panel came with the power
window option, and included a strip of matching
carpet along the bottom and a reflector on the lower
end of the door.
Standard seating consisted of a front and rear bench
High back bucket seats in the front were
optional on all models, and standard in the R/Ts.
The seats all came standard in vinyl, leather
or cloth inserts could no longer be ordered.