Sunday, July 08, 2018

The Qualls family hemi Challenger, a 1970 R/T SE Super Track Pak 4-Speed, and the factory goofed up, and lost in small claims court.

Three amazing things about this unrestored Challenger Godfrey Qualls bought back in 1969, are that it remains in its original family, it's a real 426 Hemi car, and the gator pattern vinyl top.

Godfrey Qualls was in the 82nd Airborne, the Green Berets, and special forces... and after getting out of the Army, he did 37 years in the Detroit Police Dept

But, the real unique thing about this Challenger is that it's the only non-N96 Shaker hood hemi Challenger in the 2017 MCACN Wellborn exhibit of shaker hood cars

 Also, it is still wearing the dealer-installed plastic seat covers, having nearly every piece of original paperwork and the original owner was a police officer from Detroit who sued Chrysler when that N96 was not on his new car

The story is that the automaker had discontinued the N96 Challenger due to safety concerns early in the model year, though more recent research has suggested the company had actually planned on holding it for a 1971 release and safety was an easy excuse. The bottom line was Qualls was unhappy enough that it was lacking that he went to small claims court and won a settlement in the spring of 1970 that included the replacement pieces. When the originating dealership wanted the car for a week to do the conversion, however, he decided he would be better served not allowing those line mechanics “testing” his car, and took the parts to do his own retrofitting.

Following some issues in the late 1970s, the Dodge was tucked away in a local private garage and would remain dormant for the next three decades.

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