Restoring a classic vehicle to its former glory is a pricey yet fulfilling project to undertake. However, the endeavor is often well worth it in the end as you have plenty of freedom to spec the vehicle to your preferences and add newer, better-performing parts. That’s precisely what the seller and his father did to their 1973 Dodge Challenger they purchased back in 2012.
Restored 1973 Dodge Challenger: Details
The classic Dodge Challenger was refinished back in 2016 and was given a Plum Crazy Pearlcoat paint job after multiple body panels had been replaced. The floor pans, bumpers, quarter panels, valances, kick panels, and fenders were redone; modifications were added during the vehicle’s restoration. A 1970-model grille and front body panels were added, along with a black-accent R/T-style hood. The bumpers were painted, and taillights and side markers were taken from a 2016 challenger and added to the car. The door handles were shaved, and aftermarket door-opening solenoids were added, which is controlled by the key fob. The 1973 Dodge Challenger’s fog lights were also removed to accommodate dual cold air intakes.
Under the hood sits a 5.7-liter Gen III Hemi “Eagle” V8, sourced from a 2014 Dodge Challenger. The engine was bored and stroked with a Manley Performance stroker kit to a displacement of 6.4-liters by Fowler Performance in 2017 – otherwise a familiar 392 cubic-inches for all you Mopar muscle heads reading this. The aluminum intake manifold is sourced from a 6.1-liter Hemi V8. A Holley Dominator EFI system and MSD electronic ignition components have been fitted along with a COMP Cams VVT phaser limiter kit. A Derale aluminum radiator module with electric fans is paired with braided coolant hoses. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed Tremec TKO manual transmission and a 3.55:1 limited-slip differential.
The entire vehicle rides on Multi-spoke 17″ and 18″ TSW wheels with Nitto NT55 tires measuring 225/45 in the front and 255/45 at the back. The interior of the 1972 Dodge Challenger features front Braum racing seats trimmed with black leather and red stitching. Braum five-point harnesses secure passengers. A custom center console has been fashioned, featuring cupholders and a pistol grip shifter just above that. The headliner and carpets have been replaced under new ownership. A Grant leather-wrapped steering wheel frames AutoMeter Ultra-Lite II gauges consisting of a 160 mph speedometer, a 10k rpm tachometer, fuel level, pressure, water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage.
If you’re interested in putting this restored classic Dodge Challenger in your garage, then be quick to put your bid in, as the auction will come to a close in a few days.