My First Car - 1970
Back in 1970 I was a
senior in college and with student teaching as part
of my class work, a car would come in handy. I had
been getting by borrowing my folks 1955 Dodge Coronet
or 1965 Fury II but now it was time to get my own
car. I went to my local Dodge/Plymouth dealership
and looked over all the literature in hopes of ordering
a new 1970 Dodge Charger. After studying the material
and checking with my folks insurance man the
choice was going to be an olive green Charger with
bucket seats and 318 motor. I would have preferred
the 383 or 440 power plant but they would have made
the insurance bill higher than my yearly car payment.
I did like the body style of the 70 Roadrunner
and GTX but again engine cubic inches meant too big
of an insurance bill for me to afford.
Unfortunately, by the time I decided
what I wanted and the options desired, the dealer
informed me that no more 1970 models could be ordered.
He did say that he had a 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite
coming in to be used as a drivers education car. The
Sports Satellite is the model closest in appearance
to a RR or GTX. This car was ordered with the extra
cost high impact EV2 tor-red paint accented by a black
vinyl top. Except for not having the rally dash the
Sports Satellite interior was identical to the GTX.
This car had the economical 318 with a column mounted
3 speed manual transmission backed up with 2.93 gears
in an 8 3/4" rearend. Other options, to name
them were: air conditioning, light package, AM radio
with rear speaker, power steering, 6- way drivers
seat, rear window defogger, drivers remote outside
mirror, and rear bumper guards. The dealer told me
I could buy it when the school was through using it.
I would also be able to get an additional discount
off the list price of over $4,000, due to the car
being used as a drivers ed. vehicle. I told the dealer
I would take it. Approximately 600 drivers education
miles later the dealer called and said I could come
down to pick it up for $3000 plus tax and license.
Since I have owned it, the car has
been involved in a few fender-benders but no major
accidents. In 1971 the drivers side rear quarter
was replaced after the car was struck in the side.
At that time the flat black paint was applied to the
lower part of the body and door panels to accent the
In 1984, after almost 200,000
miles of service, it was retired to be restored at
a later date. The drive train was in very good condition
but years of driving on Iowa salted highways in the
winter had taken their toll badly on the rear quarters
and rocker panels. This picture taken in Oct. 1990
show the best side and "hide" a lot of the
That summer the original 14" steel
black rims with sport wheel covers gave way to a set
of 14" road wheels. I still have the original
window sticker that was scraped off the driver side
glass and I did find the broadcast sheet to this car
in the back seat springs. I had Galen Govier decode
this sheet for me Note on row 8, the first box is
checked for "drivers train. decal".