The legendary muscle car that used to haunt the metro Detroit area known as “Black Ghost” has just gone up for auction and sold for a hefty sum. The black 1970 Dodge Challenger RT SE (special edition), owned by Godfrey Qualls, once ruled Woodward Avenue in the 1970s. It was recently put up for auction by Godfrey’s son to make some extra cash to support his family.
1970 Dodge Challenger “Black Ghost”: Details
The legendary muscle car was auctioned off at the Mecum Spring Classic, where it hammered for $975,000 USD. One thing Gregory Qualls, the previous owner, had hoped for was that it would continue to be celebrated despite being placed under a new roof. When the car was passed down to Gregory Qualls, he went on a mission to get the legendary Challenger back on the road to share his father’s prized Mopar with the world. After minor mechanical restoration, this muscle car became a hit at concourses and muscle-car enthusiast shows. Even if it isn’t, the Qualls family will permanently be attached to the car and its legendary status, which was enough to inspire a “Last Call” edition Dodge Challenger for 2023.
The all-original 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE features a 426 Hemi engine and other options, including a four-speed manual transmission and luxury appointments that complement the special edition. Topping off the mix, the “gator-grain” vinyl roof was a factory accident but added to the car’s uniqueness. But, the Dodge Challenger Black Ghost isn’t just a local legend, as it also holds a spot on the National Historic Vehicle Register. We had a hunch that this car would sell for big money at the collector’s auction, and $975,000 should be enough for Gregory Qualls to support his family and provide them with more opportunities in life.
We hope the new owner will do their best to keep this legendary muscle car in the spotlight. Still, even if it does disappear, it will remain as part of history as the Mopar myth that dominated the streets of Detroit before disappearing without a trace.