'Crimefighting' Dodge to sell at RM

RM auction's forthcoming Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale will feature a special historic automobile for all you budding crime fighters out there...

This 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible will be familiar to US television audiences for its starring role in 1968-73's crime series The Mod Squad.


Hippest crimefighters in town: the
stars of the 1970s Mod Squad
television series

Although based on the memoirs of a 1950s police detective, the show was updated with a simple premise: three young and hip detectives using their streetwise hippie credentials to nail the bad guys.

Intended to appeal to the young counterculture audience of the time, the show ran for 123 episodes to much success and acclaim.

Along with the changing youth culture portrayed in the show's action-packed episodes, the American car market also underwent massive changes during The Mod Squad's five season run.

In that time, the "youth" automobiles market went from a late-1960s peak to its fuel and insurance-constrained nadir in the early 1970s.

The 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible for sale at RM was one of the two or three cars used for on-screen work during the 1972 Mod Squad season.


The 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible, as featured in the Mod Squad

Since Chrysler discontinued Challenger Convertible production after 1971, this car was updated with 1972-specific front and rear components, creating an interesting hybrid.

Highly optioned with an automatic transmission, bucket seats and a console, the car also took pride of place in promotional duties for the series.

This special Dodge is will sell at no reserve with an estimate of $80,000-100,000.

 

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