As resto-mods continue to gain popularity, we have seen a number of awesome E-Body Mopar builds over the past several years. Even the Mopar brand got in the action with its Shakedown Challenger Concept car from the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. But as we browsed the popular automotive auction site “Bring A Trailer”, we spotted what could easily be one of the best resto-mods we have ever seen.
This resto-modded 1974 Dodge Challenger, underwent a two-year restoration that was completed in 2010. The restoration featured all-new sheet metal, a new powertrain, and a customized interior.
While it retains its 1974 Challenger body, the car features a 6.9-liter (408 cubic-inch) Mopar V8 built by DJ’s Performance Shop in Mooresburg, Tennessee under the hood. It has been modified with ARP hardware, an Eagle rotating assembly, a Quick Fuel 750-Cfm carburetor, a Be Cool radiator, a Perma-Cool oil cooler, MSD ignition, and a Comp Cams camshaft, and an Edelbrock aluminum water pump. To put that big Mopar power to the ground, the 408 V8 is mated to a Keisler Engineering Stage 3 four-speed automatic transmission.
The engine looks to produce around 550 horsepower and 520 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheels.
Work performed under current ownership in 2017 including fitting a later-model Dodge Challenger front grille, a rear bumper, a front valance, and a spoiler with Demon badging. Additional features include black trim, tinted windows, a vented hood with hold-down pins, and quad-exit exhaust outlets.
Adding to the exterior look are a set of Black-painted 18-inch five-spoke Demon-replica aluminum wheels wrapped in Nitto NT01 rubber. The Challenger features rack-and-pinion steering, cross-drilled and ventilated discs Wilwood 6-piston calipers in the front, with 4-piston calipers in the rear. The has also been modified with Control Freak suspension components upfront, and the rear has an Art Morrison triangulated four-bar setup.
Inside, this Challenger has been fitted with a set of TMI Pro-Classic low-back front bucket seats, power windows, a custom center console, a Vintage Air HVAC system, a newer touchscreen radio, and even a Kenwood stereo with amplifiers and trunk-mounted subwoofers.
While the total miles put on the original chassis is unknown, the car’s new digital odometer only shows 4,400 miles since it was completed. The car has a Pennsylvania “Antique” title and is currently on consignment at Reimel Motor Cars in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The chassis features the VIN number JH23G4B251835, which we can decode. This tells us, that the car started life as a Hamtramck, Michigan-built 1974 Dodge Challenger 5.2-liter (318 cubic-inch) V8-powered car.
Bidding on the car ends on Thursday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m.
To see more photos or to bid on the car, you can visit its dedicated page on Bring A Trailer.
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