Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The fuel filler on this 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A is one of my all-time favourite car details. American cars of the period operated on a strict system of model-years, everything had a built-in obsolescence so that customers would buy the new model in the following year, nothing was ever fresh for long – and the T/A was only sold in 1970, so this is a rare beast indeed. But I love that manufacturers still found the time to bother to make the details look so pretty.
That shade of paint is called Plum Crazy, which is very cool – paint codes were more fun back then; you could spec the Challenger in colours like Top Banana, Go Mango, Sub-Lime, Panther Pink…
And I just like the fact that the car’s a bit wet. I saw it on the concours lawn at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, on what turned out to be a scorcher of a day. But my schoolboy eagerness meant that I was there first thing in the morning, before too many people arrived, to kick through the dewdrops and have the Challenger to myself for a short while. Bliss.
Click here for more pics from the 2014 FoS.