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Once I decided to get another car I made up my mind that it had to be a factory FC-7 Plum Crazy car.  I had previously owned a 1971 Challenger convertible that was this color, and I really liked it.  Because I had already owned a brown, white and red 71 R/T, this one was going to be Plum Crazy.  It is one of 6 “high impact” colors that Mopar offered in 1970-1971.  I found 2 that had originally been a different color and someone had painted it “Plum Crazy”, but I wanted an original factory painted one.  Even though I was going to repaint the car, it was important to me to have a factory original FC-7 car.  After looking for a few weeks, a friend of mine told me that one reason I was having trouble finding one was because they didn’t make very many.  It seems that this color was popular in the “E” body cars, like Cuda’s and Challengers, but not as many were made in the “B” body Chargers and Super Bees.  According to Galen G., a noted Mopar expert, only about 203 1971 Charger R/T’s were painted this color.  This was 30 years prior to me wanting to buy one, so there were probably not too many left!  After searching the Internet a few more weeks, I found this “Driver” condition car in Detroit.  The car was a numbers matching car, with only 81,000 original miles.  It was amazingly complete so after exchanging electronic pictures, I flew to Detroit in November of 2001.  I drove the car for 2 hours, crawled around inside and out and after confirming that it was indeed a factory original Plum Crazy car, I bought it.  I had it trucked to Oklahoma City 1 week later.  Here are some pictures of it as it hit the ground at my home.  It actually looks better in these pictures than in reality, but it certainly was not in bad shape at all.   

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The car was for the most part “all there”.  This is especially important when trying to restore a 3rd generation Charger, because the replacement parts are not as available as the 2nd generation 1968,1969 and 1970 Chargers.   My car actually had a 1970 Goodyear Polyglass date coded spare tire; it may actually be the original!  Also note the grease pencil marks that on the underside of the trunk.  I have been told this was practiced only at the Lynch Road factory, where an assembly line worker would write the size and kind of tire that was supposed to be installed on the car as it moved down the assembly line.  Hard to believe it was still there after 30 years, the car was fairly “untouched”. 

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1971 Charger R/T