Mecum Machines: Memories…

This car brings back memories… Needs some Hotchkis bits, me thinks.


  1. There has been a C2 Corvette in the background of every one of your photos so far.
    Just an observation.
    …or is it a sign…

  2. The Hotchkis Challenger is pretty much exactly how i would build my challenger if i had one… maybe some day.
    btw here's some random douche driving one 😉
    [youtube 7yMl0LWlekM youtube]
    I keed, this is my favourite hooniverse video by far. The Hooniverse needs more videos of just driving awesome cars.

  3. All I want is a white Challenger w/the 440, A/C, and a 727.
    Oh, and some Colorado plates…
    (I know the Vanishing Point Challenger was supposed to be a 426, but the 440 is more pleasant for DD use.

    1. We've even got someone around here who has that license plate number for you…
      OA5599, you around? What was that number again?

    2. Mr. OA5599 might have something to say about that..
      I would build mine with a 340, later 5-speed, and modern suspension and brakes.

    3. The Barry Newman film never said it was a 426 under the hood. Filming used four 440 cars (4-speed, though, not the 727) and a 383. The remake did claim the car was a 426, and spliced in an underhood shot of a Hemi Charger.
      A 440 might have been more practical as a daily driver in 1970, but these days people who drive 40-year-old muscle cars do so to make a statement, and because it's fun. Why not go for the gold and put an elephant under the hood?

      1. I remember reading about the actual cars used, but I could swear, early in the movie, over the police radio, they speculated Elephant Power. You had to be paying attention to notice it, though. Can't find it, though I'm skipping around in the flick, looking for it.
        Actually, now that I think about it, I'd not turn down…at all a six-pack 340. Almost bought a T/A one back in about 1988. I'm not anything about the 'statement' part of it. I have always loved the style of this machine, and have been a Mopar guy since I can remember. First vehicle I owned, drove, rode in (home from the hospital), was a 1967 A-108 passenger van, special ordered from the factory by my father. Very neat machine, and it's why I am the way I am, today.
        In the movie trailer, the Challenger is referred to as supercharged, but I think that's a description, as in high speed/high power.
        I'm still kicking myself for not picking up that yellow '70 or '71 T/A. Was clean…very clean…and about $3k.
        Though…I did have a 60 mi. RT commute to school, daily, so there were practicalities…
        BTW, I refuse to accept there is a remake of this movie.

        1. Movie trailers don't count. that's just advertising, often containing elements that never make the final cut.
          The police suspect the car is supercharged in the radio call. Kowalski does say to the drug dealer that the car is hopped up to over 160, but never describes what was done. Usually in 1970, a supercharged Challenger would have a big hole in the hood and a telltale whine when the engine was running.

          The only production T/As were in 1970. One was advertised for '71, but never made it to the showrooms. It would have had a 4 bbl.
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