In this day and age, the Dodge Charger is the type of car that falls into a category filled with many others just like it, but the first Charger produced was unlike anything created during its time. With a 600 HP V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission, the Dodge Hemi Charger was a muscle car that embarrassed most of the muscle cars back in the day, and now that attention-craving coupe is going to be put on auction by RM Auctions at the Automobiles of Arizona event held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on January 20, 2011. The car is expected to fetch somewhere between $750,000 to $1,000,000.

This particular Dodge Charger being put to auction was a concept car that spent a lot of time at auto shows before ending up in the hands of a Dodge dealership owner. The owner then passed it along to his son who spent 35 years restoring it. Next came noted concept car collector, Joe Bortz, who located and purchased the car to then have it restored by multiple award-winner, Fran Roxas. The engine was the only thing left so Bortz enlisted the help of Hemi expert, John Arruzza, who was able to fit it with one of the original 15 Chrysler race Hemi engines. This is also the first Dodge to be fitted with the “Charger” nameplate.

The 1964 Dodge Charger ended up as part of the late John M. O’Quinn’s car collection in 2007 and is now ready to find its new owner.

Hit the jump to get more details on the 1964 Dodge Charger Concept car.

Exterior and Interior

1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Exterior
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The 1964 Hemi Charger is based on a bone-stock Dodge Polara. But many of this car’s components were removed and new ones were added. There is a smoothly blended rolled pan instead of the chrome bar, a hand-built, blacked-out grille opening and surrounds for the remaining outer lights. A distinctive feature are the D-O-D-G-E letters across the hood and the ornamental fender badges. For the rear the chrome bumper was removed and replaced by a rolled pan and rubber-padded nerf bars.

The interior gets a pair of special, dark charcoal, leather-covered bucket seats, a tri-spoke steering wheel with a walnut rim, and an integral roll-bar/headrest.

The Engine

1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Exterior
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It’s not that difficult to imagine that finding a proper engine for this masterpiece was pretty difficult at that time. The company wanted to use a 426 Hemi engine, but that particular engine was only built in limited numbers and only for select racing teams. The solution was to use a 305-HP, 383-cubic inch V-8 mated to an automatic transmission. For a long period after its official launch, the Charger claimed to use a 426 "Wedge" V-8 with 365 hp, but that engine was never installed.

The update to the impressive 600 HP for the car on auction was made by Hemi expert, John Arruzza.

Auction Price

The 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept will be on auction on January 20, 2011. RM Auction hopes to fetch between $750,000 to $1,000,000.

1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Exterior
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Source: RM Auctions

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  (231) posted on 02.8.2012

This vehicle looks funny. smiley What’s the purpose of its long body? Is it useful? I
dont see much potential on this car.

  (858) posted on 12.21.2011

Is it still a concept, until now? Well, I hope that they already put it on the market. Anyway, I must say that I’m so impressed with the platform of this one, and it as yet looks good on its matte color.

  (1211) posted on 03.28.2011

One word to describe, "CRAP"! I looks so uncomfortable, the wheel is hideous looking, the front and everything about it !@allan_tom, what are you saying? Its much better if they will donate this on the museum.

  (377) posted on 03.11.2011

This is my first time to see this concept and it look so modern customized job. I f I had a money I’ll definitely buy it!

  (221) posted on 02.8.2011

This only has a supercharger, PepBoys wheels, and a new Muffler, plus a redneck paint scheme. Big deal.

  (347) posted on 01.10.2011

I love the detailing on the front end alone. Notice the slight sandblasted recesses radiating around the headlamp bezels, the tiny driving lights on the deck lid, the turn signals behind the grille slats.

  (321) posted on 01.10.2011

Looking at the photos it’s clear that the car is in pristine condition it has been kept in climate-controlled storage and I, for one, would definitely prefer to buy this gem over a modern vehicle costing the same amount of money.

  (444) posted on 01.9.2011

his car seems to be as close to perfect as it can get, since it was kept in a climate-controlled storage facility.

  (692) posted on 01.6.2011

The 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car comes with a 3-speed automatic transmission, independent torsion bar front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, 4.56:1 “Sure Grip” rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

  (409) posted on 01.5.2011

I should say another wife hehehe. for sure if you have this car you’ll never stop staring at it. thinking why did i buy this piece of junk? hahaha just kidding.

  (453) posted on 01.5.2011

agree, this car is priceless and one hell of a masterpiece. owning this old school car is just like having another baby inside the house. or should I say another wife.

Gt_doster  (11) posted on 01.5.2011

I love the car very much but isnt 1000000$ too much . will there is no cost for love !!

Gt_doster  (46) posted on 01.5.2011

Jesus! One million dollars for a 45 year old car?

Gt_doster  (101) posted on 01.5.2011

Cool car for exotic places.... however for 750-1000k you can get allot of other exotic cars!

Gt_doster  (26) posted on 01.5.2011

All the wind is in your face! smiley
Not to mention that this piece is a old one, looking like a matches box, and has it’s place in a museum at best.

Gt_doster  (341) posted on 01.4.2011

are you serious? well your grandfather is really rich he manage to buy one unit of this baby. I bet he really saves a lot of money to have this baby.

Gt_doster  (461) posted on 01.4.2011

damn that was a long one, and I agree on the line . "With a 600 HP V8 and a three-speed automatic transmission, the Dodge Hemi Charger was a muscle car that embarrassed most of the muscle cars back in the day" my grandfather used to own one. and i must admit that this moster is so fast it can out run the Mustang and Ferrari back then. but with those speed never count on fuel efficiency on this one.. i assure you your pocket may cry with benjamins or pennies.

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