National Award Winning Charger Pro Touring 512/700 HP V8 5 Speed A/C
- 512 cubic inch Chrysler V8 / Approximately 700 horsepower
- Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission
- Strange Dana 60 rear axle / Sure Grip differential / 3.33 gears
- Custom suspension
- Firm Feel power steering
- Wilwood power disc brakes
- 18 and 19-inch Forgeline wheels
- PPG Global D740 Black paint
- Alpine audio
- Air conditioning
In the days of Hellcat Challengers, and companies that engineer modern performance products for anything from a Civic to a Cadillac, it's safe to say the pro-touring movement is alive and well. And every so often we get a killer pro-tourer that instantly draws a crowd, even in our showroom of exclusive, one-of-a-kind muscle cars. This national award-winning Charger, which mixes a massaged stroker and proven Tremec 5-speed with a custom suspension and 2.5-year, ground-up restoration, has been drawing stares ever since it rolled in to our parking lot. And, in fact, between its sinister aesthetics and chill-inducing stance, the car has so much appeal that we've joked about keeping it around as a menacing display piece! But, logic ultimately prevailed, and we decided to offer it to you as an incredible classic that can be enjoyed both on the road and at the show.
After spending most of its life as a solid, South Carolina driver, this clean coupe was the perfect starting point for an outrageous, no-holds-barred restoration that decked a hot 440 Source big block in savage MoPar attitude. The pros at McLeansville, North Carolina's Custom Classics & Restoration stripped the car's exceptional body all the way to bare metal. Once that metal's lower rear quarters were patched, PPG Global D740 Black was stacked on a virtually flawless profile. When that profile was completely sealed and fully buffed, Flat Black war stripes were aligned with “CHARGER” and “512” call-outs. And, in early 2014, this Dodge stormed the show circuit as a positively evil muscle car that tempers an old school, no-nonsense demeanor with new age panache!
1969 was a notable year in American pop culture. Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Woodstock became a household name and Dodge released what is probably the most iconic muscle car in its long history of performance. Sure, you really can't go wrong driving any Charger. But when it comes to popularity, few will argue the incredible significance of a '69-vintage B-Body. At the front of this coupe, a black, stainless-trimmed grille hangs a prominent “Charger R/T” script between a body-width bumper, a custom chin spoiler and round, fratzog-branded parking lamps. Above that grille, a sculpted hood leads the eye to dark-tint glass that's framed in spotless stainless trim. At the sides of that bonnet, a faceted profile anchors chrome Chrysler door handles between traditional mirrors, smoked marker lamps and a familiar 'pit stop' fuel filler. And at the back of that profile, a custom valance centers a second chrome bumper between bright taillights, a smoked “R/T” emblem and large stainless exhaust tips.
What do you do when you have a sweet MoPar muscle car that needs a heart transplant? You call the fine folks at 440 Source and order something akin to this Charger's 512 cubic inch Chrysler B V8! Thanks to a 4340 crank, forged pistons, 4340 rods and a Comp hydraulic cam, this big block twists impressive 10 to 1 compression into roughly 700 horsepower. At the top of the outsized mill, a satin-finished air cleaner feeds air to a reusable filter element, an 850 Holley carburetor and an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake. At the sides of that intake, aluminum 440 Source heads hang quality Mopar Performance rockers and fabricated valve covers over chrome TTI headers. At the front of those headers, an MSD Pro-Billet distributor sequences spark between MSD ignition and loomed MSD Street Fire plug wires. At the front of those wires, a Billet Specialties Tru Trac system spins a polished alternator and polished AC compressor behind a beefy Tapp radiator. And aesthetically, the Titanium-tinted mill provides an excellent contrast to the car's smoothed, body-matched engine bay; with details like a coated fuel pump, polished power steering components and urethane motor mounts cementing its status as a well-blended piece of timeless mechanical art.
Toss this lowered Charger on a lift and you'll find a Titanium-tinted undercarriage that's a product of professional grade customization and a roster of top notch components. Behind the B block, a slick Tremec TKO600 5-speed utilizes an American Powertrain clutch, flywheel and bellhousing to twist a high quality aluminum driveshaft. At the end of that driveshaft, a fresh Dana 60 rear end spins a Sure Grip differential around 3.33 gears and Strange 35-spline axles. At the front of the car, a Firm Feel torsion bar suspension hangs an oversized Hellwig sway bar between Magnum Force control arms, VariShock adjustable shocks and Magnum Force drop spindles. Opposite those spindles, a custom 4-link hangs Strange coil-overs beneath a modified driveshaft tunnel and high quality mini tubs. Modern power steering provides smooth turns and quick reflexes thanks to a Firm Feel steering box. Abrupt stops are supplied by a Wilwood power disc brake system that's comprised of two 6-piston calipers, two 4-piston calipers and four 13-inch drilled and slotted rotors. Exhaust rolls from the aforementioned headers in to 3-inch, aluminized pipes that are fitted with SPINTECH performance mufflers. And at the corners of the chassis, matte Forgelines spin 245/40R18 Nitto radials in front of 345/30R19 Nitto radials.
Inside this awesome Dodge, a mostly stock interior is clean, well fitted and surprisingly stylish. During restoration, the car's correct front buckets received new Legendary skin while its correct rear bench was slightly narrowed. In front of those thrones, a Richard Petty-autographed dash hangs white, blue-lit gauges beside an Alpine CD player and reimagined air conditioning. At the bottom of that dash, fresh carpet centers “R/T” branded floor mats and a small fire extinguisher on a stylish Hurst shifter. At the sides of that carpet, Legendary door panels hang pliable armrests and bright stainless trim under round, orange-tinged “Charger” emblems. Above those panels, a tight black headliner frames a functional dome lamp. In front of the driver, a Joes Racing steering wheel keeps everything tracking straight. And behind the passengers, a fully carpeted trunk does a great job of hiding the car's battery.
As previously mentioned, this pristine coupe rolled right out of the restoration shop and hit the show circuit. The car's growing list of accolades includes:
* Best in Show at the 2014 Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo in Greensboro, North Carolina
* People's Choice at the 2014 Back to the Beach Show in Fort Fischer, North Carolina
* Grand Marshal Pick at the 2014 Back to the Beach Show in Fort Fischer, North Carolina
* Best MoPar at the 2014 Carolina Collector Auto Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina
* Best in Muscle at the 2014 Rod Run in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
* Best of Show Classic at the 2014 MoPars at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
* Best in Show at the 2014 Petty's Garage Car Show in Randleman, North Carolina
* Best of Show MoPar at the 2014 Show, Shine, Shag & Dine in Henderson, North Carolina
* Mighty Muscle at the 2014 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina
The sale of this sinister custom includes restoration photos, restoration receipts, a factory fender tag and the car's Goodguys Mighty Muscle Pick certificate.
Built for the most discerning muscle car fans on the planet, this Charger is the perfect opportunity to bask in the spoils of owning a fresh, world class classic. The car looks absolutely predatory. And with a whole roster of top notch equipment that's already spec-d and seamlessly bolted together, it's your one way ticket to instant gratification!
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