This past weekend, while returning from a vintage VW show, I decided to make a pit stop at my favorite Fivebucks, where my wife is a barista extraordinaire. Ever since they came out with the peach syrup, a big cup full of ice cold sweet tea is never more than one or two intersections away (and sometimes free). That’s not why I’m writing, though. The reason I’m writing is because, while strolling across the parking lot to fetch my tea, a black & gold car caught my eye and didn’t let go. It was one of those times where I did a real double take, because I couldn’t believe my eyes at first. I had to stop and get a better look.
Check it out for yourself.
It turns out the owner and his wife know my wife the barista extraordinaire, and were also on their way in for a refreshing drink. I introduced myself, told him about the Hooniverse (just doing my job), and asked if he would mind letting me get a few pictures. He said sure and did me one better – he put the top up, latched it, and let me get a picture of it in both configurations. Nice guy!
Here he is applying the latches on the drop top. He explained to me that he sent the Challenger to a guy in California who does convertible, er, conversions. Using my expert research skills, I was able to deduce that there were approximately 100 third-generation convertible Challengers built by Chrysler, but none like this. The guy who did the work manages to fit all the moving parts behind the seats while leaving the rear quarter windows in working condition.
Crappy, blurry picture. I wanted to show you the top of the windshield, and that 6-speed manual.
Here’s a decent look at the top folded down, without the cover. You can see that it all fits without altering the interior, except for the front seat belts.
I like running across unusual cars like this, and I like it even more when I can talk to the owner and get a better feel for the car. I hope you like it, too. Let us know what you think in the comments.
[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]