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