This is the Mr. Norm's Grand-Spaulding Dodge Super Challenger Funny
Car, the same that raced in 1971 following the notorious string of
Dodge Chargers and one of the final machines under Dyer's able
control. Of course, Norm Kraus was more than a car owner, also
being the proprietor of the most famous Mopar new car dealership
from the supercar era: Grand-Spaulding Dodge in Chicago. Since Norm
did not want to race his own customers, his series of
professional-grade funny cars began in 1965. Piloted by Dyer
nationwide, this showpiece car began with a Romeo Palamides
chassis, and it's still equipped with some of the best speed
equipment of the era. The supercharged 426 CI Hemi V-8 engine hosts
four-port Hilborn fuel injection and a Bowers magnesium blower, a
magneto for spark, chrome valve covers, and Zoomie headers. Since
Dyer was busy driving, only an oil pressure gauge was there to tell
him what was going on inside the engine; a Moon gas pedal made it
go, and a parachute slowed it down from 200 MPH. The body shell is
done in blue metal flake, lettered with Norm's Toy, Grand-Spaulding
Dodge and sponsorship livery. The tinwork is fitted into the body,
and this car has a roll cage, seat upholstery and Crow Enterprizes
safety belts. The other detailing is also extensive, with a chrome
cover on the Dana differential housing, Halibrand magnesium wheels
defined by body-color paint and vintage-style racing tires. Perhaps
most importantly, after its retirement, this car was on display at
the legendary Grand-Spaulding Dodge showroom for a number of years,
a reminder of this incredible racing era. This is a wonderful
opportunity for you to become an owner of one of drag racing's
"fabulous floppers" with an important muscle car association.
1971 Dodge Challenger
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