Farm shed find

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can still find gen­uine low-mileage mus­cle cars in barns – well, farm sheds – if you know where to look. Dum­b­leyung in this case. That’s about 250 kilo­me­tres south-east of Perth in the mid­dle of the WA wheat­belt.

AMC reader Brian Ma­cLen­nan spotted this amaz­ing R/T Charger listed for sale in WA’s Farm Weekly news­pa­per. We’re ashamed to ad­mit this is not a pub­li­ca­tion we reg­u­larly read.

The Charger was the first item in a long list of sec­ond-hand farm equip­ment, part of a de­ceased es­tate be­ing sold by Land­mark through the lo­cal shire coun­cil on April 10.

The de­scrip­tion was brief and to the point… “1971 Valiant R/T Charger 7802 miles on the clock.” Those nine words were enough to start up the bush tele­graph.

“Yes, we’ve had lots on en­quiries,” said the agent in charge of the sale. Around 40, and that was a week be­fore the sale.

This VH Charger came off the as­sem­bly line at Tonsley Park in Septem­ber 1971. We’re not sure how long it has been sit­ting in the barn but it looks like sev­eral species of wildlife have spent some time in­side.

Bid­ding started at $15,000 and de­spite the large num­ber of pre-sale en­quiries only two ded­i­cated Charger fans went af­ter it. Af­ter a bid­ding war it sold for $29,500 plus GST, plus the cost of re­mov­ing it from the barn and get­ting it home.

The cost of restora­tion would be con­sid­er­able but well worth it for a very rare time-warp R/T.

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