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Restomods are something everyone can appreciate. It doesn't matter if you're a fan of authentic, factory-correct
builds or wild pro streets, cars like this 1973 Dodge Challenger will catch everyone's eyes and bring them in for a
closer look. After going through a ground up, rotisserie restoration, this car mixes some of the best features of
Challengers and a 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda of the era, for one incredible E body car....dubbed the "CHACUDA".
This car started life as a 1973 Dodge Challenger, but that would be hard to identify as the front grill,
headlights, and bumper are from a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda. That grill was fitted very nicely and blends well with
the Challenger fenders. Topping that grill is an authentic '70-72 shaker hood that maintains its asthetics, but has
not been modified to be functional due to the fuel injected motor underneath. Walking toward the rear of the car
you'll notice the door handles, marker lights, side mirrors, and antenna have been shaved for a smooth look. The
trunk deck is brand new and is capped with a 1970 'Cuda spoiler. Beneath that spoiler is a custom fabricated 1970
'Cuda rear valance that perfectly melds to the Challenger body and houses OEM tail lights with a matching 'Cuda
bumper below. You'll also notice the gas filler has been shaved from the passenger side and has been relocated to
the rear behind the license plate just like the Barracudas. Covering all of this wonderful body work is a glossy
coat of Bright Silver Metallic from a 2012 Challenger, with a Tungsten Metallic finish covering the hood and top of
the front fenders for a subtle two-tone finish. No restomod look is complete without the right wheels, and the 18"
5 spoke wheels from a 3rd generation Challenger are a good choice.
Pop open the doors with the remote electronic actuator and you'll find an interior that is familiar to a '73
Challenger, but benefits from a few modern updates. The first update you'll notice are the black vinyl seats up
front that flank the center console. That console houses the cool pistol grip shifter and is accented in carbon
fiber look to help tie in the vehicles appearence. The guage cluster contains factory instrumentation and is also
highlighted with the faux carbon fiber. Below those gauges is a JVC AM/FM/CD head unit, and cotnrols for the
Vintage Air air conditioning, and heat. With exception of the very clean dash, everything inside is new. The rear
bench is covered in taut, black vinyl, the carpets have seen little wear, and the driver takes control with a great
looking 3-spoke steering wheel. To get the fun started, there is a secret push button start located in the ash trat
for security to make it hard for any unwelcomed joy riders to take control of this CHACUDA.
Quite possible the best feature of this car is that is is powered by a 5.7L fuel injected Hemi V8 thats creates 335
horsepower. That Hemi is nestled in a clean and tidy engine bay that is surrounded by color matched, silver painted
fenders and firewall. Power is sent to a rebuilt 727 automatic transmission that sends power to an 8.75" rear end.
Underneath you'll find a very clean chassis. The suspension is all recently new, and all of the hardware has been
cleaned, sanded, primed, and painted.The floor pans and frame rails have been painted in a gloss black for a great,
show worthy look. There is also a new gas tank with a new fuel pump, a new wiring harness, and a rebuilt
radiator...so you can be sure that this car was restored with reliability in mind. Supplementing the drive is power
steering and power brakes with discs up front, while 235/40/18 Falken Ziex ZE612 rubber keeps this CHACUDA planted
to the road. Included with the sale is a large photo album that documents the build of this car from start to
finish and shows the level of detail that was put into this amazing car.