This 1970 Dodge Challenger Convertible Restomod is already
attractive just for being a rare drop-top Mopar. But it's the
updates on this that are truly irresistible. After all, you only
dreamed of dropping the Viper's fuel-injected V10 into a muscle car
classic... and for one person, it's about to become a reality.
There's a mean heart within, and so this Challenger was upgraded to
have some terrific R/T style. Twin scoops on the hood, hood pins,
wide quad exhaust tips, and the Mopar's mag-style road wheels give
this an awesome style. Plus, some of the most aggressive pieces are
part of a well-coordinated dark side. The blackout grille, hood
stripe, tail stripe, and full-width spoiler all look like a
deliberate intimidation package, and the black folding roof even
goes with it all when it's in place. More than just the black, all
colors are important on Mopars from this era. There's added value
and distinction to have one from the High Impact options, and this
one deals with two. The trim tag tells us this was born a Top
Banana car, and today the shade of purple reminds us of Plum Crazy.
It continues to look quite good because the full build only has
about 1,500 miles on it.
While the exterior has a distinctive color combo, we really love
the look of the white interior. It has a bright glowing style that
will attract plenty of people, and there's plenty to see inside.
The front bucket seats are high-back units with side bolsters that
look just like the ones from a first-gen Viper. They are finished
in vinyl, and even the rear seat was done to match. There are more
well-integrated Viper touches. The more modern sports steering
wheel and tilt column were carried over. And the upgraded
white-faced gauges look like they belonged here since day one. The
upgraded transmission even has the classic pistol grip. And while
we all know this is a mean machine, it also has the right comfort
features. It includes an AM/FM stereo, upgraded speakers, a power
convertible top, and cold-blowing air conditioning.
This Challenger is packed with 8.0-liter or fuel-injected Viper
power. So you know you're going to be lifting the hood everywhere
you park this custom, and that's why the engine bay is ready to be
shown off. There are plenty of polished components, and you'll also
spot cool color-matched details, like the purple-painted valve
covers and air intake tubes. There's a lot of motor and modern
components to stuff in here, but it has all been done with care.
And we especially love the shock tower brace etched with a reminder
of whose heart this is. The big V10 roars to life with a terrific
tune, and you are in complete control of the big power and
high-octane soundtrack thanks to the Viper's T56 six-speed that was
also added to this package. Power steering, power brakes, front
discs, and wide Cooper Cobra tires are all there to make this
muscle Mopar a solid driver.
We seldom get to see a Challenger convertible, but when you add V10
power you create a whole new form of rarity and attraction. So if
you want to have the classic drop-top that everyone talks about,