What would you do with a 24,000 original mile Challenger Rallye 340 survivor? Would you drive it around to shows and have fun with it, or pack it away in a dimly lit garage, safe from the hazards of the open road? In the case of Troy Kruzewski, the answer is both. That’s right, Troy actually drives this amazing time capsule and enjoys letting other Mopar enthusiasts catch a glimpse of bone stock factory assembly techniques. Some take notes and photographs of its seldom seen details while others just dig the authentic patina. No, he doesn’t drive it every day, but Troy doesn’t fret with every roll of the odometer.
The amazing thing is that this unmolested survivor is a native Massachusetts car and Troy is only the second owner. Sold new in Springfield, Massachusetts, its original owner drove it cautiously for eight years before parking it in 1979. The rust-free body and factory applied EV2 Hemi Orange paint offer mute testimony to the fact that owner number one stuck to fair weather motoring rather than subjecting the vulnerable E-Body to the ravages of salty -- and slippery -- New England winter roads.
Troy, a life long Mopar enthusiast and manager of Brookfield Motors (Dodge) in Brookfield, Mass., caught wind of the stashed Challenger about eight years ago by way of a rumor. The word was that an ultra-sanitary orange E-Body sat quietly in a garage in the nearby town of Ware. Similar rumors allege the existence of a ’70 Six Pack Road Runner and a Street Hemi of some type, both also purported to be in storage in Ware. Troy chased down all three rumors and hit pay dirt on the Challenger…but it took five full years before he could convince the owner to sell. As for the Six Pack and Street Hemi, Troy’s still hunting!
|Of the 16 available Challenger body colors in 1972, only two of the five extra cost “High Impact” colors from 1971 remained, Hemi Orange and Top Banana. This car’s factory applied EV2 Hemi Orange added $13.45 to the $4287.70 window sticker. 1972 was the last year for Hemi Orange and Top Banana would make a final appearance in 1973.||Following a general collapse in the muscle car market, Dodge discontinued the R/T option at the conclusion of the 1971 model year. For 1972, the top dog Challenger performance option was the small block-only JS23 Rallye. While the Challenger Rallye normally included bolt-on simulated front fender vents and adhesive-backed vinyl fender and door strobe stripes, they were generally deleted when the V5X vinyl body side moulding ($13.90) was ordered. After 1972, the Rallye was no longer a separate Challenger model but rather an option package (A57) that was applied to the RH23 hardtop (the first four digits of the VIN tell the tale).|