1966 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger was Chrysler Corporation’s more luxurious response to the Mustang, billed as a mid-size fastback coupe similar in size and shape to the AMC Marlin. It was based on the Coronet but shared none of its visuals and spawned a number of super quick versions that tortured just about any early Mustangs.
The year was 1966 when Dodge finally joined the fastback muscle car party with the Charger. It was based on the B-body platform and was previewed in an ad that ran during that year’s Rose Bowl which talked about the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion."
The original Charger was a more refined coupe sitting just under the personal luxury category dominated by Ford’s T-Bird. That’s why performance wasn’t paramount from the get-go although the 426 Hemi engine was duly available. Also, Dodge quickly put the Charger on the track in the Nascar series, the car winning the 1966 NASCAR Grand National championship with driver David Pearson.
The First Dodge Viper Ever Produced Just Sold for $285,500
The Dodge Viper came in a time when Chrysler was associated with people carriers and compact front-wheel drive cars. It was first shown in concept guise back in January 1989 after just one year under development and the first customers got their Vipers in the early months of 1992. The rest, as they say, is history.
Also history - of the living ilk - is this particular red-painted Dodge Viper, for two reasons: it’s the very first to leave the assembly line and it had one owner throughout its entire life. That owner is Lee Iacocca, who sadly passed away on July the 2nd, 2019.
1985 Dodge RamCharger
Old SUVs, for some reason, are all the rage right now. People are going back in time and are looking to lay their hands on classics like the Wagoneers, Broncos, LandCruisers, etc. The Dodge RamCharger is also one among them and is one of the most sought-after SUVs today. The Dodge RamCharger was originally launched in 1974. It was based on the much larger Dodge D-Series. The SUV was a hit and went through two different generations, spanning almost two decades. A third generation was built in Mexico at the turn of the millennium, but lasted just two years before disappearing into oblivion.
Here’s a 1985 Dodge RamCharger Prospector That’ll Make You Forget Your Itch for an Old-School Land Cruiser or Bronco
A 1985 Dodge RamCharger Prospector is available at Barrett Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend. Regarded as perhaps the best-kept secret in the world of vintage trucks and SUVs, the RamCharger Prospector’s status is expected to blow up as prices for old Broncos, Land Cruisers, and Wagoneers become unattainable. Fortunately, the RamCharger Prospector can be still had at affordable prices, including this fine 1985 model that only has 7,563 original miles under its belt. There’s no reserve price attached to this particular piece, so it’s going to be sold to the highest bidder regardless of the final price. If you can score this burgeoning collector’s item, you could be ahead of the game in the quest for 1985 RamCharger Prospectors that are still, at the very least, in good running condition.
1968 Dodge Dart GTS
The 1968 Dodge Dart GTS is considered a compact muscle car, one that solidified Dodge’s performance-oriented image among the young buyers of the ’60s. It featured a boxy look by ’68, which was carried all the way to the end of the car’s lifespan, but what it didn’t gain in looks it more than backed up in performance.
The Dodge Dart was originally introduced as a smaller full-size model in 1960 as Dodge’s entry-level car. Back then, the Dodge brand was the meat in Chrysler Corporation’s sandwich that placed Plymouth as the budget brand and Chrysler at the top of the pile. However, the Dart went on to become the model that bridged the gap in luxury between Dodge and Plymouth.
The Dart never got anywhere near the area of the market governed by Dodge’s Charger, but that’s also what saw it gather a different kind of fanbase that wanted enjoyable performance for a reduced MSRP. In 1967, the fourth-generation Dart was introduced and, by 1968, the biggest engine you can get on a two-door Dart was the 383 cubic-inch, 6.3-liter V-8, aside from the Hurst-installed 426 cubic-inch, 7.0-liter, Hemi V-8.
1972 Dodge Challenger
The 1972 Dodge Challenger is the epitome of the tired muscle car. Not yet bloated and altered beyond any recognition like the 1974 Mustang, but showing clear signs that the muscle car phenomenon was dead thanks to stringent emission and safety regulations that turned all of America’s muscle to mild fat.
The Challenger, which debuted in 1970, has somewhat always lived in the shadow of the bigger Charger but, there, it had a life of its own. It raced to some success in the then-sprawling SCCA-governed Trans-Am Series, and that spawned a highly popular homologation special: the Challenger T/A. Then, things changed and new regulations swept away all of the big engines, so the 1972 Challenger was only available with a choice of three small block engines.
To make it even more evident that the status quo had changed, Dodge decided to give the Challenger a makeover. Basically, the body itself remained unchanged, but the car sported different front and rear sections which made it, arguably, uglier than the original iteration. With that being said, it’s unarguably still a work of art compared to the generic Japanese car Dodge decided to rebrand as a ’Challenger’ in 1977...
Final Dodge Viper And Demon Sold For $1 Million
Two of Dodge’s most impressive performance machines are on their way out the door, but before they go, the brand put them on the block for one last hurrah. This past Saturday, at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Dodge auctioned off the final 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 2017 Dodge Viper in a single lot, and when it was all said and done, one eager collector took them home for a cool million bucks.
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The Chance of a Lifetime: The Final Dodge Viper and Challenger Demon are Being Auctioned for Charity
Did you miss out on the last batch of Dodge Vipers in 2017? Well, here’s some good news for you: Dodge will auction the last production model for charity this June. There is a catch though; the Viper comes in a bundle with a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Insane, right?
1945 Dodge Pickup
It was in 1939 that Dodge debuted a new design for its pickup truck. A marketing campaign accompanied the truck called “Job Rated,” which helped owners choose the right Dodge pickup for the job. Several versions were offered, including half-ton, three-quarter ton, and one-ton versions, with different engine and wheelbase choices intermingled within.
Things were going well for Dodge when World War II broke out. Like nearly every other private business in 1942, Dodge began making wartime equipment. In its case, the Power Wagon was its shining star. However, Dodge promptly restarted production of civilian trucks a mere two hours after the last military truck rolled off the line in 1945.
It was in 1946 that Dodge built this particular pickup – a half-ton class with an inline six-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission, all coated in dark blue with chrome bumpers. It also comes fitted with the Deluxe cab package, which brought more comfortable seats, a driver side armrest and sun visor, dual electric windshield wipers, and chrome trim around the windshield.
The post-war pickups did receive minor updates thanks to enhancements made in wartime production. The chassis and clutch houses were made stronger, and a higher capacity radiator was introduced. All this made the Job Rated Dodge pickup a hardy competitor to other domestic pickups in the post-war boom.
The example seen here recently went under the gavel at the 2016 Mecum car auction at Monterey. It sold for an undisclosed amount, but Mecum’s pre-auction estimate put the price between $50,000 and $60,000.
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When it comes to ultra-rare, classic American sports cars, there is probably nothing that can touch the likes of the Shelby Cobra, 1963 split-window Stingray and 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Not only did these cars exhibit the raw performance that made cars of the ‘60s so spectacular, but their limited production made them instant collector’s items.
Of these cars, the Dodge Charger Daytona is probably the most iconic, with its unique design that stands as a testament to how far an automaker will go for racing homologation. Created for the 1969 NASCAR season, the Charger Daytona was a dominant force in American racing as it won 45 out of 59 races, according to the car’s description by Mecum Auctions. The auction house will be selling off a gorgeous, low-mileage example of the Daytona on Saturday, April 11 in Houston.
Just like high-speed NASCAR tracks, the Charger Daytona has been a strong performer at vehicle auctions as of late, so expect more of the same next month.
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It’s not often that I find myself perusing the pages of TMZ.com, but that’s just how I stumbled across this rare gem: a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, now reportedly owned by none other than the Grand Poobah of Hemi-loving rednecks, Mr. Joe Dirt (aka David Spade). This flawless example of the Charger Daytona crossed the Mecum Auctions block last month, and while these bullet-nosed winged wonders go up for sale every now and then, the newsworthy bit here is the price Spade paid for the car: a cool $900,000.
Only 503 Charger Daytonas were ever built, but this particular car commanded top dollar due to its provenance, amazing condition and low mileage. Unlike the ratty-looking Charger Daytona that Spade drove in the original Joe Dirt movie, his new acquisition has been fully restored, wearing a flawless coat of the car’s original T5 Copper Metallic paint. Mecum had initially estimated that this Charger Daytona would sell for between $800,000 and $1 million, and it didn’t disappoint.
The gorgeous Charger Daytona was one of 24 vehicles (mostly classic muscle cars) to be sold off as a part of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection, with other cars in the collection including another Daytona painted in Omaha Orange (sold for $280,000) and Burt Reynolds’ personal 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (sold for $90,000).
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Jay Leno may sit on a big pile of dough and own some of the coolest and most expensive cars in the world, but he’s also a philanthropist. The show host is known for supporting a large number of cases, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and children education, but he has also donated a part of his car collection to charity. It was 2013 when his first-edition 2012 Fiat 500 raised $600,000 for U.S. veterans, and Leno just donated yet another vehicle to charity. This time around it was his 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, which raised $565,625 for the USO, the nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families.
The muscle car went under the gavel at the car auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend, fetching $360,000 at the end of the auction and over $200,000 in additional contributions. One of 6,400 first-year Challenger SRT8s built, this black coupe was owned from new by Jay Leno. The pony sports a 6.1-liter, HEMI V-8 engine under the hood making 426 horsepower and sending it to the rear wheels through a five-speed AutoStick automatic transmission.
The same auction event saw the first production 2016 Shelby GT350R sell for $1 million, with proceeds donated to JDRF, the country’s leading global organization funding type-1 diabetes research.
A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWD California Spider was the most expensive car to change owners in Arizona, doing so for $7.7 million. Highlights included a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico ($4.07 million), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS ($2.4 million), and a 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 ($1.99 million).
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Known comedian, TV presenter and huge-chin wearer, Jay Leno, is preparing to auction one of his prides and joys from his extensive car collection with the help of the Gooding & Company auction house on Saturday, January 17. An all-black 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 — one of the first 6,400 models that were pre-sold to car collectors — will be awaiting a new owner, with all the money raised by the model to be donated by Jay Leno to the United Service Organizations (USO), a non-profit organization that offers various relief services, programs and even live entertainment to the United States forward-deployed army men and their families.
"We are honored to have Jay Leno, a long-time supporter of our nation’s troops and a dear friend of the USO, help us further our mission," said J.D. Crouch II, USO CEO & President. "This extraordinary gesture shows his genuine appreciation for everything they do for us at home and abroad. The USO thanks Mr. Leno and Gooding & Company, and knows this pledge will make many troops and military families’ futures brighter."
Powered by a 6.1-liter, naturally-aspirated, HEMI V-8 that outputs 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the 2008 Challenger SRT8 was the first all-new Challenger in about 35 years, with the previous model to bear this iconic name having went out of production back in 1983. With styling motifs reminiscent of the 1970 Challenger R/T, the new model almost singlehandedly resurrected Americans’ love for the HEMI and Mopar, which is probably why Jay Leno went for the fourth car ever built.
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Muscle car enthusiasts and collectors across the nation, gather ’round for this important news bulletin coming from Chrysler. The first production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, wearing the 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN), will be auctioned off during the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction held between September 25th and 27th.
Following this event, the Hellcat will join the exclusive club of muscle cars that have been donated for charity, which now includes the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the COPO Camaro, and the brand-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang among other vehicles. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat set to go under the hammer at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on September 27th is more than just a regular Hellcat. The winning bidder will take delivery of a unique Hellcat fitted with an exclusive exterior paint, VIN documentation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Read on to find out more about these unique features.
Updated 09/29/2014: The first Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat ever sold to customers, was auctioned this weekend at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the Barrett-Jackson auction for the amazing amount of $825,000.
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The one-off Dodge Challenger SRT8 belonging to Chrysler CEO Serio Marchionne and called "Pitch Black" has officially hit the auction block, fetching $175,000 during the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend.
If you all remember, the one-off 2011 Challenger SRT8 was far from a run-of-the-mill model. It came packed with plenty of custom details that were included to make it stand out from the model line. And that’s on top of the 470-horsepower output the muscle car was capable of.
So yeah, it was quite the exclusive steed that Marchionne dutifully sent to auction to benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan community group. As far as the winning bidder is concerned, the lucky man was apparently an avid car collector who added a pretty impressive one-off Challenger SRT8 to his collection, as well as a 540-horsepower Hemi V-8 crate engine from Mopar.
A unique Challenger SRT8 and a Hemi V-8 engine? Sounds like an impressive haul at an auction, even for its $175,000 price tag.
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Last week, we reported that the first SRT Viper would be auctioned during this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange Country with all the proceeds going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation. Apparently, the pleasure of driving the first model cost more than many of us anticipated; the new generation Viper sold for $300,000.
Despite this amazing sale, the SRT Viper wasn’t the most successful car at the event: the first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible was sold for $600,000 at the auction, while a custom 2012 Mustang GT Blue Angels was sold for $400,000 last year.
As a reminder, the SRT Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter V10 engine that delivers an impressive 600 HP at 6,100 rpm and 560 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The model will be offered in standard and GTS versions, while a GTS-R version will be offered for those who will want to enter the car in the racing competitions.
The new SRT Viper debuted a few months ago, but anyone wishing to own the latest generation Viper is going to have to wait until 2013 to actually drive it. Then again, those with heavy pockets will get in ahead of everyone else by putting in a bid on the first-ever SRT Viper when it goes up for auction through Barrett-Jackson. The auction will be held at approximately 3:00pm on Saturday, June 23, 2012 and all proceeds will go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
The new generation Viper is powered by a 8.4-liter V10 engine that delivers an impressive 600 HP at 6,100 rpm and 560 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The new engine will be mated to an improved Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. SRT also said “so long” to the all steel flywheel and made an aluminum flywheel standard on the Viper. Not only does this drop 11 pounds from the weight of the car, but drops a tenth of a second off of its 1/4-mile time.
Any auction goers better be prepared to fork over some dough because the first ever SRT Viper is not going to go for a bargain basement price.
Anybody that has set his or her sights set on the very first production model of the 2013 SRT Viper will have to pay a whole lot more for the opportunity of owning it.
SRT has announced that the Viper model that was on display at the 2012 New York Auto Show will be auctioned off with the proceeds from the sale going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The car will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson event in Orange County so if you’re interested in making bids on it, be sure to be in attendance and have your checkbook in hand.
According to Jim Osborn, co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the first production SRT Viper is not only an absolutely gorgeous car, but the proceeds will go to the many families faced with pediatric cancer. "We are thrilled that SRT has chosen us to be a part of this extraordinary opportunity," he said. "We are tremendously excited to see the 2013 SRT Viper. It is an amazing vehicle. We just can’t thank Mr. Gilles and his team enough."
Just in case you’ve forgotten, the new SRT Viper is powered by a new 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine that delivers a total of 640 HP and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated engine in the world. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
After months of teasing, Chip Foose and WD-40 have finally unveiled their 2011 SEMA Cares charity car. After the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang each had their turns in 2009 and 2010, the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 gets its turn.
The vehicle, which was designed by legendary hot rod designer and TV star Chip Foose, comes with a distinctive look that pays tribute to the style of both Foose and WD-40. It comes with a custom two-tone, yellow-and-black BASF paint mixed by Chip Foose himself. It also has a Street Scene/Foose Design body kit, a Hotchkis suspension system, a Magnaflow exhaust, a new set of one-off MHT/Foose wheels, high-performance Brembo brakes, and WD-40-branded Katkzin upholstery, among other upgrades.
Under the hood of the Challenger is a 392-cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine that produces 470 horsepower and mated to a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.
“The WD-40/SEMA Cares Foose Challenger pays tribute to the technicians, aftermarket professionals and auto enthusiasts like Chip Foose who have trusted WD-40 Multi-Use Product to get the job done in their shops and garages,“ said Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing at WD-40 Company.
After it wows the crowd at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, the WD-40/SEMA Cares Challenger will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction from January 15-22, 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Proceeds of the sale will go to Childhelp, an organization that provides services to abused and neglected children, and The Victory Junction Gang Camp, which provides life-changing camping experiences to special needs and chronically ill children.
"You’ve seen the Camaro and the Mustang with those beautiful WD-40 brand colors, and this year we’re going to build something that will turn even more heads," Foose said. "I can’t wait to build it, drive it and then auction it off for a great cause at Barrett-Jackson."
Hurst, Street Scene Equipment, Dodge, and SEMA have teamed up to build a custom Dodge Charger that will be auctioned on eBay with all proceeds going to SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The auction ends on October 28, 2011, just in time for the winner to take advantage of the additional SEMA ticket prize. This particular Dodge Charger will actually be the only one Hurst will customize this year.
The Dodge Charger Hurst Edition will be equipped with Hurst wheels and tires, an Eibach suspension setup, a Flowmaster exhaust, and Hurst badges for the exterior. The badges will also find their way inside of the car, along with Katzkin leather interior with red and black Hurst logos in the headrests, a Hurst shifter, Hurst floor mats from Star West, and a Grant steering wheel. The list of equipment will include an 8.4" Uconnect Touch infotainment system and a navigation/Rear back up camera.
Under the hood, the Hurst Charger will feature a 5.7L Hemi V8 Engine with fuel saver technology that delivers a total of 370 HP and 395 lbs-ft of torque and 16/25 mpg.
The NBA Finals are HEATing up and every Miami fan is eagerly awaiting their opportunity to watch the action court-side. Of course, not many fans will have the chance to do so, but thanks to Udonis Haslem, power forward for the Miami Heat, one lucky fan will get the chance to take home a memorable keepsake. No, we’re not talking about a signed basketball or jersey, but Haslem’s very own black 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8. His personal Challenger is currently on sale on eBay for a reasonable $37,990.
Haslem’s Dodge Challenger is painted in all black with a full black leather interior. It sits on 24" alloy performance wheels with carbon fiber overlays which are then wrapped in Pirelli tires. Other features include remote start system, a dual rear exhaust with dual bright exhaust tips, an Anti-spin rear differential, a rear stabilizer bar, 4-wheel anti-lock performance disc brakes, and a performance tuned power rack & pinion steering. Under the hood is Dodge’s 6,059 cc HEMI V8 gasoline engine producing 425 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 420 lb-ft at 4800 rpm. It is mated to an Autostick automatic transmission.
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.
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If you’ve ever seen The Fast and Furious and happened to fall in love with that beastly 1970 Dodge Charger RT Vin Diesel drove in the movie, then you’re in luck. The movie car has been put on sale by the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois.
As all muscle cars go, the Charger RT comes loaded with some spanky additions, including the gargantuan bonnet scoop, a customized – and stripped down – interior, a race steering wheel, and some cool decals on the exterior.
Of course, making such a purchase will require you to have plenty of money in your bank account as the car is being sold at $129,998.
It’s a lot more expensive than getting your hands on a standard issue 1970 Charger, but for that added price, you can brag to all your buddies that you’re driving the same car that Vin Diesel wrecked in the movie. Who knows, those seats might even have his sweat stains on them.