Modern Hellcat-Like Front End and Mopar 408 Stroker V8 Are Added to the 1974 Dodge Challenger Restomod

The legendary 1970 Dodge Challenger, renowned for its HEMI power and classic appearance, and the 1974 Dodge Challenger are both from the same generation.

The five-year production cycle saw no change in the wide hips, long hood, or short deck. There were various changes, the most glaring of which was the front end.

In 1972, the unpopular design modifications started. Its grille grew larger and extended beneath the chrome bumper.

The four headlights, though, weren’t part of the same black frame as the fascia as a whole.

But with this restomod, this problem is entirely resolved, and the front end essentially resembles a 2022 front end.

The headlights with LEDs complete the contemporary look, and the black frame extends to the sides. The bumper is painted red, has hair removed from it, and is tucked into the body, all of which make it virtually unnoticeable.

It looks almost exactly like a contemporary muscle car when paired with a sizable black chin spoiler… built fifty years ago.

Even the hood, which doesn’t have the central vent, resembles a pre-update Hellcat.

But that’s only because the 1970 model served as a major inspiration for the design of the modern muscle vehicle.

The absence of chrome and the use of a black frame around the bespoke taillights give the back a more modern appearance.

The intricate history of this one-of-a-kind treasure is currently being offered on Bring A Trailer out of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

It was a component of a two-year restomod that was completed in 2010. It was acquired by its current owner in 2017, who also fitted a rear spoiler.

A set of 18-inch 5-spoke wheels with Nitto NT1 tires complement the vehicle’s vivid red paint.

We also discovered a surprise beneath the hood—a V8 you hardly ever hear about. This is a Mopar 408 cubic inch V8. DJ’s Performance Shop of Mooresburg, Tennessee constructed the 6.7-liter.

We would name Quick Fuel 750CFM carburetor, Perma-Cool oil cooler, MSD ignition, and Edelbrock aluminum water pump as some of its parts.

The Chrysler 360 engine, which can produce 470–500 horsepower, is most certainly being upgraded despite the fact that the word “horsepower” is not used.

Being a real restomod, this baby also boasts further modifications, including a four-speed automatic transmission from Keisler Engineering Stage 3, Wilwood brakes all around, and new axles from Moser.

Significant improvements were also made to the interior, most notably the addition of the Lecarra Mark 9 Supreme steering wheel and TMI Pro-Classic low-back front bucket seats.

 

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