Mopar Bringing Mo-Money

Posted by kingmaker

The Mopar cars are going absolutely crazy right now and it doesn’t even have to be numbers matching to get the dough.

One thing I learned from watching the previous Barrett Jackson auto auction in Vegas was that if you have a Cuda sitting around somewhere it would do you well to get it restored. The Mopar cars are going absolutely crazy right now and it doesn’t even have to be numbers matching to get the dough. A 1968 Dodge Charger custom R/T with “ultrasuede” seats and a new 5.7L Hemi went for $121,000! I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it. Very clean, nice paint, but not numbers matching, just a very complete restomod. Let us not forget to mention that the rack and pinion upgrade make this once unwieldy beast into a nice smooth driver. Remember, going fast is great but you have to be able to control it.


(Photo Credit: www.barrett-jackson.com)

A little more background on the car provided by Barrett-Jackson:

“It was the cover car and featured in Popular Hot Rodding, Mopar Collectors Guide and Muscle Car magazines. It started out as an Arizona rust-free original R/T 440 with 727 that was long gone.”

(Photo Credit: www.barrett-jackson.com)


(Photo Credit: www.barrett-jackson.com)

Bottom line this is a very nicely done restomod and I believe a lot of people could easily replicate it. Dodge guys you now have a new mission at hand—modern Hemi swaps are the way to go. While you are there, give it a nice rack and pinion steering upgrade. The good news is that the 5.7L Hemi has really come down in price thanks to a lot of vehicles utilizing the platform. You could even try to pick up a lightly used one or re-fresh one with miles. Either way it really is a nice looking engine swap that will do you well.

Another Dodge that recently caught my eye at a car show in Scottsdale Arizona was a 1955 Coupe with a brand new 5.7L Hemi engine and custom engine cover. Once again the vehicle also had upgraded the steering to rack and pinion. I can only imagine the fun that car would have on the open road. Would I have thought about it before hand I would have taken pictures of it and asked the owner for an interview. An article for another day perhaps…