1970 Dodge Challenger T/A driven by Sam Posey
#77 1970 Factory Backed T/A Challenger driven by Sam Posey
Trans-Am (Trans-American Sedan Championship) racing started in 1966 and evolved out of SCCA amateur racing to professional level to allow all manufactures and European FIA certified cars to compete with GT cars here in the US. The classes were divided into two groups, under 2000cc displacement and over 2000cc’s, not to exceed 5 litres. This type of racing was designed for the new 60‘s “Pony Cars”, Mustangs, Cougars, Firebirds, Camaro and Barracuda’s. These American cars were small, fast and nimble and stood a fair chance in competition with foreign sports cars of the era. The first Trans Am Race was run at Sebring Florida and won by the famous Austrian F1 champion Jochen Rindt in an Alfa Romeo GTV. As Trans-Am racing grew in popularity, one manufacturer needed a new more competitive race car and that was Chrysler Corporation. Both Dodge and Plymouth entered a new pony cars into the marketplace and on the race tracks. Plymouth offered the all-new redesigned Barracuda and Dodge entered the appropriately named “Challenger” One of the two well known Dodge Challengers now being offered for sale.
This Concours Class restored original factory racer is a time capsule back to the height of the American Muscle Car revolution. Developed in the AAR (All American Racers) chassis shop of legendary racer/owner Dan Gurney, the car was then transferred to Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Racing fabrication shop. There, Autodynamics finished the chassis developmental work and took over final race preparation and race day team responsibilities on this Doge brand sponsored racer. This specific race car was one of only two (#76 and #77) ‘factory-backed’ Dodge racing Challengers ever produced, and was the template car for the popular street version sold through the Dodge dealer organization, the Dodge Challenger T/A.
The car has been meticulously restored. This car offers the perfect combination of authentic racing history and collectability as a show car or allows the owner to vintage race it at vintage racing events across the country.
With Sam Posey as the primary driver for the team, Autodynamics campaigned these cars in the glory days of the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am series. The #76 was raced four times in the 1970 Trans am series, three times driven by Sam Posey, who drove it at Donnybrooke, St. Jovite, and in the Kent race. In the final race held at Riverside, Tony Adamowicz was the driver while Sam drove the #77.
Overall, the Dodge Challenger T/As finished in the points six times out of the eleven races and three times as high as third place. The 1971, Doge made the decision to pull out of the series and the pair of Challenger race cars were sold.
The #76 car was transformed into an USAC eligible racer and completed in the USAC stock car division into the late 1970’s. It changed hands multiple times in the 1980’s, but never raced again. In the 1990’s remnants of the car were found and after a 10 year search for authentic parts, restoration began in 2001.
Following restoration, this car won ‘Best of Show: Racing All Classes’ at the 2009 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, Keeneland Concours d’Elegance and the Dayton Concours d’Elegance events. It won second place at the world-famous 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it was reunited with the original driver, Sam Posey.
The car has also been exhibited on behalf of Chrysler Corporation, LLC at the 2008 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) show in Las Vegas, as well as other factory sponsored events. Most recently it appeared at the Autodynamics Racing Reunion in Lime Rock, Connecticut in September 2012, where it brought back many fond memories to Ray Caldwell, Jack McCormick and other member of the Autodynamics Trans-Am racing family.
Features of this car include one of its original Keith Black Trans-Am racing engines that has been fully rebuilt and is spec correct for the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am racing season. Other key original racing components include the transmission, rear- end, suspension and wheels pulse much m ore.
- Auction: Amelia Island Select – 2015
- Lot: 248
- Status: Sold
- Price: CONTACT US
- Year: 1970
- Make: Dodge
- Model: Challenger