The 1973 and 1974 Dodge Challenger


Photo donated by Barry Bumgardner of Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

Because there was little difference between these two years and the 1974 model run was only a few months long (ending in March '74) I have grouped the two model years together here on the same page. Listed below are only the changes from the last years production. Please refer back to previous model years for more detail.

Body

There were a very few minor changes from the '72 model. The front bumpers had to change yet again due to new laws and were now built to take a 5 mph impact with no damage. They looked heavier and protruded farther from the car. The large rubber pads on the over riders and slots to take the bumper jack allow you to quickly tell these models from the '72 version.


Photo donated by Joe Dickman of Dallas, Texas

The Rallye model was no longer a model in its own right but just a option package for the base model.

Exterior Paint

Challenger Rallye still had the dummy air ducts on the front fenders with the strobe stripe extending along the door but the base models could now have a painted accent stripe that traced the upper contours of the body.

There was a huge range of colours available to Dodge so there may be the odd car finished in a different colour to the ones listed below. You can see a paint chip chart for 1973 HERE and for 1974 HERE.

1973 Exterior Paint Colours
Paint CodeColour NameChrysler No.Ditzler No.
A5Dark SilverAY70JA52513
B1Light BlueAY69HB12424
B3Super Blue2423
B5Bright BlueAY70GB52306
E5Bright RedAY69FE52136
F1Pale GreenAY69JF12515
F3Light GreenAY70GF32316
F8Dark GreenAY70JF82514
L4ParchmentAY69HL42427
K6Autumn BronzeAY70GK62312
V2Hemi OrangeAY1EV22186
W1EggshellAY69EW12033
X9BlackAY69TX99300
Y1Top BananaAY69FY12211
Y3Honey GoldAY69JY32517
Y6Golden HazeAY70JY62509
Y9Dark GoldAY70Y92510

1974 Exterior Paint Colours
Paint CodeColour NameChrysler No.Ditzler No.
B1Light BlueAY69KB12626
B5Lucerne BlueAY70KB52627
E5Bright RedAY69FE52136
E7Burnished RedAY70GE72321
G2Frosty GreenAY69KG22629
G8Deep SherwoodAY70KG82631
J6Avocado GoldAY70KJ62632
L4ParchmentAY69HL42427
L8Dark MoonstoneAY70KL82633
T5SiennaAY70KT52534
T9Dark ChestnutAY70KT92590
W1EggshellAY69EW12033
X9BlackAY69TX99300
Y4Golden FawnAY69KY42635
Y5Yellow BlazeAY69KY52636
Y6Golden HazeAY70JY62509
Y9Dark GoldAY70Y92510

'73-'74 Accent Stripe Colours
ColourPaint No.
White2033
Black9000
Light Bright Blue14016
Medium Gold23724
Light Green44647
Parchment23740

Vinyl Top

The 1971 gold colour came back for '73 and '74. The other colours remained the same.

Interior

Very little change here either. The seats were reworked for more comfort and the pedal pads were slightly different.
Interior colours were Black, White, Blue and Dark Green.

Brakes

Power front disc brakes were still optional but were now the re-designed one piece rotors. These do not fit the earlier models.

Wheels and Tyres

Only 14 inch wheels were available but could still be had in the Chrome Road or Rallye styles with a 5.5 inch width.
1973-74 Challenger Tyres
EngineStandardWith Disc BrakesOptionalRecommended Brand
3187.35x14F78x14F78x14 F70x14*Goodyear(F70/78),Firestone(7.35)
340**F78x14F78x14F70x14*Goodyear
Rallye 340**F70x14F70x14Goodyear
360***F78x14F78x14F70x14*Goodyear
Rallye 360***F70x14F70x14Goodyear
* Only with heavy duty suspension. ** 1973 only. *** 1974 only

Engines

The six cylinder 225 c.i. engine was dropped. This left the 318 as the base engine with the 340 4bbl optional in '73.
The 340 was dropped in '74 in favour of the 360 which had better low end torque. All engines now had electronic ignition as standard as well as hardened exhaust valve seats for unleaded petrol.
1973-74 Engine Options
Option codeSize (cu. in.)Size (c.c.)TypeCarb.Net Power (B.H.P.)
G3185212V82 bbl.150
H*3405573V84 bbl.240
L**3605900V84 bbl.245
* 1973 only ** 1974 only

Transmission and Drivetrain

A three speed manual was standard with a 4 speed or an automatic optional.

Options

Avalible options for the 1973-74 model are listed below. Please refer back to the 1970 page for a discription of each option.

Light Package ( A01)

Basic Group (A04)

Performance Axle Package (A36)

Floor Console (C16)

Rear Window Defroster (H31)

Air Con. (H51)

Body Sill Mouldings (M25)

1973 & '74 Production Figures

As there was only one model now I have not made a table of figures as in the other model years. Also the six reference books I have all disagree on the number of cars produced so take your pick.

1973 production was (pick one of these)

1974 production was (pick one of these)


Photo donated by Barry Bumgardner of Rutherfordton, North Carolina.