Imagine the drama brewing in the halls of Chrysler HQ as product planners contemplated redesigning the legendary ‘68-70 Dodge Charger. That model with its now iconic Coke-bottle shape was an instant hit, raved over by reviewers and stetting and resetting sales records in its first two years. But the Detroit standard product cycle at the time was about 3 years, which meant the Charger was due. Add to that increasing gas prices, insurance rates, and tightening emissions and safety standards and the decision was made to thoroughly revamp the Charger for ’71.
Auto World’s model is patterned after a very specific and unusual R/T that is part of its Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show series. At the 2016 MCACN the Wellborn Musclecar Museum sponsored a special class called the “Factory Sunroof Cars Invitational,” of which this particular car was a featured car entered by Tim Wellborn from his own extraordinary collection, which comprises more than a dozen ’71 Chargers! Factory sunroofs were exceedingly rare in this era—it is estimated that just 30 R/Ts came with power sunroof was option code M51 in 1971, and it was available only on vinyl top cars like this quadruple-black R/T (black paint, black R/T stripes, black vinyl top, and black interior.) The model is based on Auto World’s excellent Authentics series tooling.