In today’s world of car collecting, resto-mods are becoming more of a common occurrence. Modern performance, dependability, and reliability are just a few of the reasons why we are seeing more and more of these types of builds of some of our favorite muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s.
This 1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible is a prime example of a beautifully completed resto-mod. Starting with a rotisserie restoration, this Challenger Convertible keeps its beautiful E-Body styling and blends it with a modern Mopar powertrain. It may not be the iconic 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI V8 that would come with the car back when it left the assembled line, but now features a 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) SRT HEMI V8 found under the hood of the current Challenger R/T Scat Pack.
Delivering 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, the 6.4-liter HEMI is fitted with a chrome air intake and Shaker hood scoop. The HEMI is mated to the proven 6-speed Tremec wide-ratio manual transmission and a new Moser 9-inch rear differential with 3.23 rear gears. As the driveline, suspension upgrades include the AlterKtion front suspension, a Street-Lynx rear suspension, coil-over shock absorbers, and four-wheel Wilwood drilled and slotted disc brakes with red calipers.
Finished in the beautiful “Plum Crazy” exterior paint with white “HEMI” billboard strips, the Challenger is outfitted with custom headlamps, a body-colored deck wing, fender-mounted turn-signal indicators, and valance-fitted exhaust tips. The interior is finished with light seats and door panels and has been fitted with Vintage Air, just in case you want the top up on those hot summer days. A Tuff steering wheel mounted on a tilt column, the custom-formed dash with modern white-face gauging, an American Powertrain carbon-fiber Pistol Grip shifter, and a console with an LED panel for stereo, navigation, and the rear-assist camera. The car has power windows that are operated by the controls in the center console, chrome exterior mirrors have the driver’s side remote adjust switch, and a power trunk release is in the glovebox.
To help finish the look of the car and to help improve the handling, the Challenger is fitted with five-spoke American Racing special edition wheels and low-profile radial tires.
While it is hard to pass up an original 1970 Dodge Challenger HEMI Convertible, this resto-mod is built for driving more so than just sitting in a garage.
This car will cross the auction block at Mecum Kissimmee, tomorrow, Saturday, January 15th, 2022. For more information or to bid on this beautiful resto-mod, you can visit the Mecum website.
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