It's not the easiest job, especially considering it's a Challenger, and only diehard fans know what this nameplate means, but the lack of massive rust allows it to serve as a good point for a restoration project.
eBay seller 091853 says they purchased the Challenger years ago because it came with a mint interior. Based on the photos, that interior is long gone, possibly as it was installed on another project.
The Challenger was last on the road in 1991, but unfortunately, the next decades were a mix of good and bad news. The car was initially parked inside, but two years ago, it was pulled from the garage and moved outside. It's probably why the metal is rough, but despite the obvious problems, this Challenger still comes with tinted glass, original metal, and good floors, though I already spotted a few spots where urgent repairs are required.
The car no longer has an engine, but it's not a problem, as the Challenger can come with a lower price tag and pave the way for a more ambitious transformation with a big-block engine. The 1974 Challenger didn't offer too many options in terms of engines. The standard unit was the 318, with Dodge dropping the 340 V8 specifically to make room for an all-new 360 V8 with 245 horsepower.
Unfortunately, the car now sells without an engine, probably as the original V8 was donated to another project, together with the interior.
Dodge produced 188,660 Challengers for this model year, and all cars received significant safety upgrades as the carmaker complied with the new regulations. The Charger received lap and shoulder belts that used an inertial reel, a seatbelt ignition interlock, and several other important upgrades.
It was one of the last Challengers to come with hefty engines, as the decade's final years brought unfortunate regulations that increased the focus on fuel economy. For example, the Challenger moved from the massive big blocks to 1.6-liter units, developing just 77 horsepower.
This 1974 Challenger is, therefore, a good chance to own a small piece of automotive history, though the fight for the car looks fierce. The auction has received 21 bids, but the top offer already exceeds $1,000 could not unlock the reserve. The owner did not disclose the reserve's value, but I don't expect this Challenger to sell for less than $5,000. You can find the car in Brockton, Massachusetts.