Mopar performance muscles in at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This restored 1963 Dodge  330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos
This restored 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos

‘You don’t usually see these kinds of muscle cars here.”

That was the comment from a passerby at RM Sotheby’s auction as she walked by a group of vintage Mopar performance machines at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where the sale is being held.

Big pre-war classics and high-end sports cars are what come to mind at RM Sotheby’s, although the Arizona auction generally features a fairly wide range of collector cars. Still, a solid contingent of mighty 1960s muscle cars is somewhat unexpected in such polite society. Those more likely are found headlining the boisterous Barrett-Jackson or Russo and Steele auctions, both of which specialize in American ground pounders. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Dodge Power Wagon

The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck
The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck

While Jeep gets most of the ink as a World War II-derived civilian vehicle, another legendary off-road warrior designed for the conflict also made the switch to civilian life, although with a much-larger footprint: the mighty Dodge Power Wagon.

The Pick of the Day is a terrific, low-mileage 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with enough restoration upgrades to qualify as a resto mod. A brutal-looking pickup truck, the Power Wagon seems ready to wage war on the toughest terrain anywhere. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1987 Dodge Charger/Shelby GLHS

The Dodge Charger / Shelby GLHS is bedecked with dams, spoilers and the Shelby logo
The Dodge Charger / Shelby GLHS is bedecked with dams, scoops, spoilers and the Shelby logo

The Pick of the Day is a genuine, low-mileage Carroll Shelby performance machine with an asking price of just under 7,000 bucks. But no, it’s not a V8-enhanced AC Ace sports car or a done-over Ford Mustang. And to my knowledge, it is part of the only Shelby series with a transverse 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

This is a 1987 Shelby GLHS, one of 1,000 Dodge Chargers that Shelby purchased from Chrysler Motors and transformed into hot little hatchbacks at his factory in Whittier, California. The effort to capitalize on the Shelby name, and have some fun doing so, came after the previous year’s similar transformation of 700 Dodge Omnis into Shelby GLH models. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th anniversary convertible

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2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th anniversary convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Known for performance automotive parts since 1958, Hurst chose to celebrate its golden anniversary in 2008 by creating 50 special-edition Viper coupes and convertibles.

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Pick of the Day: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

The Dodge Dart GTS is equipped with the performance package
The Dodge Dart GTS is said to be a low-mileage original  survivor

Not very often would a 1969 Dodge Dart be referred to as rare and unusual, but here’s one that most certainly is. That’s because this Dart is Hecho en Mexico, and not only built south of the border but delivered there for home-market sale.

The Pick of the Day, a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS, was produced at Chrysler’s AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico, and most noticeably differs from its U.S. counterpart by having a metric speedometer and odometer. Also, the Dart has no U.S.-style VIN plate, instead identified with a metal door-jamb tag showing serial number, engine number and registry number, according to the La Verne, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsor

A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions
A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions

Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Dodge Viper

The 1993 Dodge Viper is in great condition with fewer than 10,000 miles on its odometer
The 1993 Dodge Viper is in great condition with fewer than 10,000 miles on its odometer

The early 1990s saw the beginning of the true modern era for sports cars. It also was when performance cars started being loaded up with such features as all-wheel drive, traction control, stability control and other electronic nannies that made them easier to drive them faster but not necessarily more fun to drive.

Dodge, thanks to such visionary people as Bob Lutz, had a different idea. Why not create a superfast throwback sports car in the same vein as the original Shelby Cobra? So they started up a secret plan to create just that car, and they even went to the man himself, Carroll Shelby, for guidance. What emerged in 1991 was the Dodge Viper. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe

1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe was sheriff's car
1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe was sheriff’s car

The advertisement for this car on ClassicCars.com didn’t share as much information about the 1939 Dodge D11 Deluxe as we’d like to see — one, brief, four-sentence paragraph and only nine photos. Nonetheless, what the ad does include certainly caught my eye, and my tendency toward nostalgia. Continue reading

Driven: Vipers and Hellcats run wild at Bondurant driving school

A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school's purpose-built track | Bondurant School of High Performance driving
A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school’s purpose-built track | Bondurant

So there I was, piloting a 645-horsepower Dodge Viper around the tight turns of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. And seated next to me was the man himself, Bob Bondurant, instructing me on how to get the car around the track in the shortest time possible. Continue reading