1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car
The picture you see right in front of you is of the first Dodge that used the Charger nameplate, a living legend in our opinion. The car we are talking about is a 1964 Dodge Charger Concept Car. It was developed back in 1963 on Polara underpinnings and it was used by Chrysler to introduce its newest engine at that time, the now popular and legendary 7.0-liter (426-cubic inch) Hemi V8.
Over its 47-year existence, it was owned by several collectors and now it is going to be put up for auction at the 2011 Automobiles of Arizona event which will be organized at Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, on January 20th. Although RM Auction didn’t publish any official estimates, the same car was auctioned three years ago and managed to fetch $1.1 million. We assume that the car is now worth even more than that.
The car is at the moment in the estate of the now late John M. Quinn and it has been fully restored by Fran Roxas, a multiple award-winner, who fitted the car with one of the 15th original race HEMI power units that outputs 600 hp.
1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car
Looking at the specifications sheet, the very first Charger was fitted with a 3-speed automatic gearbox, independent torsion bar front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension. In addition, it features a 4.56:1 “Sure Grip” rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The block casting of the 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car is dated October 1963 which goes to show that this car is as authentic as it can get.
If you take a closer look at the pictures, you will notice that the car is in perfect condition and it has been kept in a climate-controlled storage. Basically, it looks as if it just rolled out of the production line. If I had the money to buy it, I wouldn’t hesitate and choose this over any type of modern vehicle that costs the same as in my opinion, cars like this one will never be made again and it is indeed a great shame, but there is nothing that we can do.
Even though CNG or LPG-powered engines might not make it to the Chrysler range, the company needs to improve and promote a greener image.
As such, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, Chrysler will begin removing the Hemi badging from most of its vehicles, in order to promote a classier attitude.
According to the report, for regular models like the 300C or the new 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, even though they are equipped with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, all future marketing efforts will address it as simply a 5.7-liter V8. You’ll still be able to find Hemi badges on the outside of performance SRT8 models or on Ram trucks though, but you won’t see them on other models.
Instead, technologies like the Hemi’s Multi Displacement System, which improves fuel economy, will be marketed more aggressively, in order to highlight its eco-friendly attitude.
Still, even though you won’t find badges on the outside, the engine cover of the 5.7-liter V8 still wears a big HEMI cover, in order to please the hardcore fans.
Frankly, we’re a bit disappointed with Chrysler, as the Hemi badge made a lot of owners proud, and eliminating it might cause some issues. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.
I don’t really cruise around Ebay Motors that much, but when I did, I found quite a lot of “interesting” cars there. The latest one is this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette which has been customized with a HEMI V8 engine complete with classic hot-rod style blower coming out of the hood.
Other modifications that have been made include a chopped windshield to give it a Grand Sport look, a paint job which only a mother could love and an a black leather interior. Without a doubt this is truly a collector’s piece, but with the current bid of $21,100, not a lot of people will be interested in it.