The SEMA Show celebrates creativity of all shapes, sizes, colors, and tastes. It’s everything at once, all the time, forever. Don’t believe us? Take a look at Enyo, built by the Ringbrothers, which won the overall title in the battle of the builders this year. This stands in stark contrast to the Chia Pet Ford Bronco that was on the show floor from 2021. Somewhere in the middle of these two extremes is the heart of the SEMA Show: restomod muscle cars. And this year, for the first time ever, the ExoMod C68 graced the showroom floor. To the untrained eye, it looks like just another 1968 Dodge Charger, but it’s actually so much more.
To oversimplify it, the C68 built by ExoMod Concepts out of Greenville Pennsylvania is a 1968 Dodge Charger lookalike. To describe it more accurately, the C68 is a 2022 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with a one of a kind carbon fiber exoskeleton that gives a nod to the vehicles legend of years past. The inspiration for the build came from a former customer asking for a “no expense spared” 1969 restomod build. At the end of that build, the final shakedown of the vehicle told owner of ExoMod, Rick Katzeff that bolting on an original body to a modern day frame didn’t make for a fun and exciting car to drive, thus the creation of a custom exoskeleton.
The C68 is the first of its kind, and if you want to put one in your garage, it won’t be cheap. Not only do you have to bring in your purchased 2011 or newer Challenger Hellcat, the 8-10 week conversion process will cost an additional $250,000. That being said, the vehicle retains its 6.2L Hemi producing 807 horsepower but also sheds 400 pounds thanks to the carbon fiber exoskeleton. The C68 sits four inches wider than an original 1968 Charger, and is only .08 inches shorter.
If that wasn’t enough, ExoMods has two more offerings in the works, a Daytona Charger (D69) and a demon powered carbon Challenger neither of which have pricing information but will be limited production runs, meaning they won’t be cheap.