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Charger R/T 400 Magnum

cmcfarlandcmcfarland Posts: 3
Hi all,

I'm really new to car restoration, and anyhow, there is a guy in my town who has offered to sell me his Dodge Charger 400 Magnum R/T. I've searched online and I haven't really found any mention of a 400 R/T. Is he lying to me? Could someone please set me straight?




  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Okay he probably means it's a 440 magnum engine (HP2, 375HP, "L" code engine) in an R/T.

    Better make sure it's a "real" car though. Counterfeits abound.
  • Thanks for the reply! That's what I thought at first, but he assured me it was a 400 Magnum engine in an R/T, which doesn't make much sense to me. Am I right to be suspicious? How can I check to make sure it's not a counterfeit?

    Thank you very much.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    I'm not sure what he's talking about. If it's a 400 engine, this is a late 70s Charger (1978), low horsepower car. I don't recall an R/T except for the Aspen R/T in those years but it had a 360. There was a Magnum GT.

    What year is this car?
  • The car year is 1974. Does that make sense?

    Thank you so much for your help. I think the Edmunds forum may just have saved me from a very costly scam!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Well I don't know if it's a scam exactly---maybe the seller just doesn't know what he's talking about. You could get a 400 cid engine, 250HP, in a Charger as an option, but there's no "R/T" in 1974 that I am aware of---there is an SE model.

    The 1974 engines are a far cry from the powerhouse 440/375HP magnum big blocks.

    If you had a VIN # and a data plate (fender tag), we could decode the car for you, and if you had an engine #, better yet.
  • IT is not a scam!!!! My uncle owns the same exact car.. it is EXTREAMLY rare. and is worth A hell of a lot of money.( even if it is rusted out and doesnt run).. i have only seen two my entire life. my uncles and one at a car show in the 80's.. they also made a 340 magnum r/t as well.. its not as rare but is still worth alot... if you dont mind me asking do you think you could possibly send me some pix of the car..
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    The last Charger R/T was made in 1971. All the books seem to agree on this point.

    Unless the seller has some pretty amazing documentation, one would have to believe the published data.
  • i do believe that you are wrong.. (No offence) but in 1974 they made 208 440 magnum r/t's 6 of witch were hard tops (bare metal). and i do not believe that info is in your books.. it is nearly impossible to find info on these cars... if you want to verify what it is and not get scamed all you have to do is look under the passenger seat.. (all the older muscle cars have a build sheet under the seat, giving all the info including how many of that model was made)
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    No offense taken!

    Well like I said until somebody shows me some proof, all I have to go on is the fact that none of the standard reference books on Mopars mentions such a car whatsoever.

    As Carl Sagan said: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof".

    Maybe it's true, but why should I believe it without evidence? Or the buyer?

    I'm certainly willing to have my mind changed.

    Where did you get the number of 208? do you have the title of a book this info is in?

    And if nobody knows about it, why should it be valuable? There are plenty of rare cars that are not worth anything. After all you need not only supply but DEMAND to make the equation work for value.
  • xtecxtec Posts: 354
    They did make the 440 in the 74 Charger,but is was not a R/T,it was a Rallye.It was rated at 275 horse.My source was Allpar,anything you want to know about Mopars.
  • no i dont have a book. Its not in anybooks that i know of.. if ound a guy online selling one 3 years ago and that is the info he got that was under the seat (ont the build papers)
  • xtecxtec Posts: 354
    I would say the guy was BSing you or he mistook Rallye for R/T.I looked everywhere,and no Charger R/T was made in 74.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    I'd have to agree. There's no reason to believe such a car exists if there's no evidence to contradict a LOT of literature on the subject. As for the "build sheet", well, that's not around to look at either.
  • xtecxtec Posts: 354
    I would say the Subject is closed on this one.At least we agree.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Well we'll be skeptical but open to new evidence anytime.
  • I have a question that doesnt really pertain to the Charger R/T discussion but more to that of a 400 magnum question. As a teen, this is going back 20+ years, I owned a forest green 1971 Charger 500 with white racing strips on the hood and trunk. It had a slapstick, posi, bulge hood, hideaways with a 400 Magnum engine. I also managed to pull the build sheet out from under the back seat and the car came from the factory, burnt bronze metallic with a white hardtop and white interior. Any idea how rare this car could have been?
  • Kinda hard to break it down by engine, but overall Dodge Charger 500 production for 1971was well over 30,000 units---so not particularly rare.
  • Damn I just saw this was posted in 2007 but I have a 1971 or 72 dodge charger rt with a 400 magnum and 4 speed with a plumb crazy paint job. Everyone that sees it tells me dodge didn't put a 400 magnum in a rt charger in 71 or 72. The guy I got it from knows the previous owners and is a family friend swears its a 71 model but was released late and had some 72 features. Ive never been able to find a 71 or 72 rt with a 400 magnum but it has rt badging and 400 magnum badging with a 400 magnum. It also has the rt extras. So I don't know what to say. But ive heard its rare too.
  • yes you could get a 400 in a 1972 Charger, but not a 1971. Your VIN and fender tags should tell you everything you need to know about it.
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