Fit For A King: 2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible

Custom 1 of 1 Convertible Up For Grabs At Mecum Kissimmee Next Month...

In the realm of automotive legends, few names evoke the same level of reverence and admiration as Richard Petty, the King of NASCAR. This 2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible stands as a testament to his legacy, a meticulously crafted tribute born from a collaboration of skilled artisans and automotive experts.

2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible. (Mecum).

Revered as “Legacy by Petty,” this exceptional vehicle emerged from a frame-off custom build, meticulously constructed to honor Richard Petty’s unparalleled racing career. Commissioned by R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, President of the Automotive Lift Institute, this convertible Challenger holds a special place in the Petty’s Garage Registry as the 10PG002 model, marking it as the second car crafted by Petty’s Garage.

Draped in Petty Blue adorned with Micro-Flec and Hunter’s Night-Glo flames, this Challenger boasts a visual allure that commands attention. Renowned airbrush artist Mickey Harris performed custom artwork live in front of audiences, adding an extra layer of uniqueness and artistry to the vehicle.

2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible. (Mecum).

Under the hood lies an Arrington Performance forged 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI® V8 engine, a formidable powerhouse generating 620 horsepower—a significant enhancement from its original 6.1-liter (370 cubic-inch) configuration. The performance modifications, including a Diablosport Predator tuner and a 6-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, ensure an exhilarating driving experience that echoes the thrill of the racetrack.

The convertible conversion by Drop Top Customs, authorized by Dodge through the Direct Connection catalog, seamlessly integrates with the Challenger’s design, enhancing its allure while preserving its sleek aesthetic. Notably, the NASCAR-style rear spoiler, custom LED rear brake light, and functional shaker hood pay homage to Petty’s racing heritage, showcasing a blend of style and performance.

2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible. (Mecum).

Precision engineering extends beyond the engine, with race-inspired adjustable front and rear coilover suspension, Brembo Gran Turismo brakes, and a 3.91 gear ratio ensuring both agility and control on the road.

Inside, the meticulous craftsmanship continues with custom Katzkin leather upholstery featuring striking snakeskin inserts, complementing the vehicle’s exterior design. Every detail, including the Richard Petty autographed speedometer and Petty’s Garage badging throughout, serves as a nod to the vehicle’s unique provenance.

2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible. (Mecum).

This Challenger has graced automotive events, tracks, and museums, captivating audiences and fans across the United States and Canada. Its tenure as the centerpiece of the Petty’s Garage Mobile Performance Tour, along with displays at the Richard Petty Museum and prestigious events like the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the 24 Hour Rolex Race in Daytona, underscores its iconic status in the automotive world.

As it gears up for auction at Mecum Kissimmee 2024 on Thursday, Jaunary 11th, 2024, this 2009 Dodge Challenger Petty’s Garage Convertible stands not just as a car but as a living embodiment of racing history—a tribute to a legendary figure and a celebration of automotive craftsmanship and innovation. Its estimated value between $160,000 and $180,000 speaks volumes about its significance and enduring allure among enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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