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Kids restore dad’s 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in memory of late mother

Hundreds of Hagerty employees spend their days speaking with clients about their cars. Several years ago, we decided to collect these stories and each month we let the entire company vote on their favorite, which becomes our Classic of the Month. At the end of the year, those 12 cars are put to the ultimate vote to claim Hagerty’s Classic of the Year.

Our 2016 Classic of the Year is a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible, bought new by Richard Schmidt. The car served as the ultimate cruiser for Richard and his late wife Kitty, though soon its needs were overshadowed by the needs of their growing family, and Richard tucked the car away… for 40 years. Richard’s story is proof that despite the ways life sometimes kicks you around, being surrounded by people who love you is enough to move mountains. And restore an old Dodge.


7 thoughts on “Kids restore dad’s 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in memory of late mother”


  1. This story really pulled at my heart. I know how much it means to buy your dream car and mine was in 1969. Brand new 69 Charger SE. I think I smiled all day long for months! My dream now is to find it and buy it back. Such memories. I married my beautiful wife Bonnie in 1970 with that car. Beautiful memories!

  2. Yes she is She’s riding shot Gun brother this was a awesome story both sad but sweet at the same time You have been truly been blessed with those awesome kids that you Kittie have

  3. And this is why we’re car guys. Because it’s not just a car. It’s a physical connection to past glory and future optimism, and it goes like hell, if properly equipped.

    Great story, and absolutely BEAUTIFUL car!!!


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