Five years ago, we asked on the cover of Hemmings Muscle Machines whether this 1970 Dodge Charger was the world’s most documented Hemi car. It’s no idle question, either: Documentation can make or break a car on the marketplace, and the value of this particular Charger’s documentation will soon be revealed when the car goes up for auction at Mecum’s Indy event.
To begin with, Dodge didn’t build all that many Hemi-powered four-speed Chargers in 1970: 56 total, and only 10 in R/T trim with the SE package. After decoding its broadcast sheet and fender tag, owner Steven Segal figured he knew as much as there was to know about the Charger when he bought it from ibaey role in discovering the rest of its backstory. Segal restored the Charger with a non-numbers-matching but era-correct Hemi to replace the original engine, long since scattered in a street race by the original owner. By coincidence, a subsequent magazine feature on the Charger landed in the lap of the man cleaning out old sales files at Suburban Dodge in Metuchen, New Jersey, where its original owner bought the Charger. A muscle car enthusiast, he found the car’s file, saved it from disposal, and sent it on to Segal, who found within it the car’s original dealer order form, Chrysler invoice, notes from the negotiating process, delivery paperwork, and dealer prep work order.
Segal didn’t keep the car babied, either. At the time we photographed it, we took it out for a spin and got to hear the Hemi clear its throat through those over-the-counter headers, still with the car. Sometime later, Segal has located and installed the Cragar mags and Parnelli Jones tires that the original owner put on the car, giving it an authentic Day Two vibe.
Since our article appeared, we’ve yet to hear of any Hemi car with more documentation than Segal’s Charger.
Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis will take place May 14-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit Mecum.com.