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Lynn Miller’s Uncommon E-Body Mopar® Rides
Lynn Miller, Rochester, Michigan
I’m a member of the North Oakland Mopar® Muscle Club and the Plymouth Owners Club, so I see a lot of amazing Mopar steel. But I like to think that my 1971 Dodge Challenger Convertible and 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible — a pair of unique Mopar E-Body convertibles — stack up to the best of them.
The ’71 Dodge Challenger is one of just 2,165 manufactured. I became the proud third owner back in 1993, at a Mopar car show held way up north in St. Ignace, Michigan, located in the state’s Upper Peninsula. My rides definitely are not garage queens. I purchased the Challenger with a bit over 61,000 miles on it and have added another 54,528, for a grand total of 115,528 clicks on the old odometer.
Originally driven by a 318 engine and 904 transmission, the Challenger now has a 340 rumbling under the hood, paired with a 727 trans. Between 2004 and 2006 the car was completely restored to its original appearance, with a Go-Mango Orange exterior combined with a white interior and convertible top.
The ’70 Plymouth ’Cuda is one of 2,765 created, with the original 318 engine also swapped out for a 340, just as with the Challenger. The Violet Purple of the ’Cuda is a colorful contrast to my other car’s Go-Mango skin, while the shared look of white interior and convertible top lets everyone know the cars are “siblings.”
I’ve displayed my Mopar duo at the Detroit Autorama, the FCA US LLC display at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Mopars at Auburn (Indiana) car show, the Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association (CEMA) show near FCA US LLC headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, just to name a few. I love showing the vehicles almost as much as cruising in them!