Dodge Selling a 1970 carbon fiber charger is a Hot-Rodders dream

It’s Dodge Speed ​​Week and the company is announcing plans for its current and future muscle car business. In the coming years, Dodge will go electric, but it is also taking steps to keep the internal combustion engine torch burning among enthusiasts.

Monday’s announcements were aimed at the aftermarket: an eight grand Dodge Challenger body (in case you blow up your drag car’s), a drag-ready rolling chassis and some carbon fiber bits for your new Challenger from SpeedKore, known for are carbon fiber-rich custom car builds.

But otherwise I was concerned with the vague contours of a classic car under a sheet. At one point in the speech by Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, the curtain came loose and revealed a beautiful carbon fiber body. Just the body, on a frame, with wheels. That is it.

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It was the bodywork of a 1970 Dodge Charger licensed to be sold through Direct Connection, the company’s performance parts division returning after a three-decade absence. Yes. You can buy a ready-made carbon fiber body in one of the world’s most perfect car designs (aerodynamics not included) and put it on whatever you want. Presumably you want it on some sort of restomod, or a classic car updated to perform like a modern one.

Carbon fiber builds have been big among the restomod crowd for a few years now. They’re actually big tickets, one-off exotics that look like they rolled off the line 50 years ago. Imagine a 1960s TV with a modern Samsung interior and a carbon fiber body instead of Bakelite. I don’t know why you need that second analogy to picture it, but hey, I’m not in your head.

I’m pretty sure it all started a few years ago with Classic Recreations’ carbon fiber-body Mustang GT500CR. Now, it’s the hot setup if you’re looking for something in the $300,000 to $500,000 and up range. Yes, I know that’s a lot, but $500,000 is the new $150,000, I’m told.

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Direct Connection also plans to offer such bodies for the classic Plymouth Barracuda and Road Runner through Finale Speed. However, starting with the charger makes perfect sense. It’s a multi-generational icon that played in both bullitt and the Fast and the Furious franchisee. It is also, historically, a top muscle car. Nothing before or after had the same combination of clarity, panache and raw emotion. OK, maybe the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. But not many other things.

Both are a bit much for my minimalist taste, which you could describe as Presbyterian modern. Give me the Chevy Nova that your grandfather demanded the dealer order from the factory, because there wasn’t a single three-on-the-tree allotment in all of the Northeast, and I’d be happy. Well, a little happy, because I would also like a carbon fiber body with that.

Last night, while probably not planning to, Dodge gave me an idea. The build I would go for, if I was in the Vin Diesel business, was on display.

What I want is a carbon fiber built 1970 Dodge Charger with poverty wheels and “Fratzog” logoed, red-lined, dog dish hubcaps. Fratzog, if you were wondering, is that triangular Dodge logo from the 1960s and 1970s. It’s one of those space age designs that takes you to another era. Dodge is bringing it back and it will be included in its next generation of battery-electric vehicles. I just think it fits the atmosphere.

For the interior, I want a bench seat and one of those long speedometers that take up half the dashboard. Of course I also want it to have full independent suspension, multilink please, and all the other mod cons that make up the restomod scene. Yes, I want my grandfather-spec car to drive like a BMW M5 Competition. What am I, some kind of farm animal?

Right. I want a $500,000 car that looks like a $3,500 (in 1970 dollars) car. Is that too much to ask? Yes, in this case yes, I think. Still kudos to Dodge for giving options and for continuing to nurture the dream.

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