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    Jarkle

    Hungarian 1972 Dodge Challenger Tuned

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 24 January 2017

    Hungarian Dodge Challenger. Built as a homage to a Foose original this European Challenger certainly has all the bells and whistles… oh and a huge exhaust! American muscle cars are just as popular on this side of the pond as they are in their homeland, though this ‘1972 Dodge Challenger proves that actually building one in Europe is harder than it might seem!

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    The #1968 #Dodge-Charger fully charged / #Dodge-Charger-II / #Dodge /

    The one thing that stands out more than anything else on this car has to be the colour – it is glorious. Where many might have gone for a “safe” colour, this particular choice might have seemed a bit risky. But it works brilliantly, and enhances the beautiful lines in a way that might not have been possible had the choice been different. The way the sunlight dances on the surface is something to be seen. And then there’s the car itself. It has been expertly restored with great attention to detail. Ian Viljoen, the owner of Side Ways Customs, collaborated with Kevin Magee in this project and the results are astounding. Ian did the build, with Kevin, a retired air pilot, chiefly handling the financial aspect of it.

    When it comes to experience in building cars, Ian has loads. He has built around 80 cars since he first started on a car his dad bought him many years ago when he was still in school. His dad had tired of him constantly taking his lawnmower apart and bought him a 1971 Lancia – with the engine and a toolbox on the back seat – and that is where it all started. He hasn’t looked back since. Some of his prominent customers are Rian Kankowski, Michael Rhodes, Sol Kerzner’s son Brandon (for whom he built a GT500) and one who was not yet infamous at the time, Oscar Pistorius. The latter bought a Mustang from Ian but it’s quite possible that a getaway vehicle was the last thing on his mind.

    The Charger wasn’t in the greatest condition when it was bought, and the rear quarter panel and floor pan needed to be replaced. The body was entirely stripped and sandblasted, and epoxy primed before receiving its PPG coats of candy apple Kawasaki green. Kevin wanted the car to retain its matching numbers credentials and opted to retain the original engine which was fully rebuilt. It received new pistons, bearings, cam, lifters, valves and engine mountings.

    Fuel is fed via a #Holley 750 carburettor and a brand-new Edelbrock Torker intake was installed, as well as a new water pump. The green extends to the spotless engine bay and engine and the colour reflects off the polished aluminium Edelbrock air filter and the rocker covers, in a mesmerising green haze. The #Chrysler-727 Torqueflite 3-speed autodrive was fully rebuilt, as was the 9-inch #Chrysler diff, with new bearings and seals. To keep all this power in check, the car also received a #Brembo 4-pot front calliper upgrade with a rear hydrobooster and new Master front suspension which was fully rebuilt with new bushing, ball joints and wheel bearings. The wheels are imported 9.5-inch wide XXR wheels shod with low-profile Pacer 275/35/20s in front and 10.5-inch XXR wheels with Pacer 315/35/20s in the rear. The front and rear bumpers have been tucked, rolled and colour-coded. All the door and hood gaps have also been tightened.

    It was less expensive to import the moulded carpet and roof lining than to have it made locally. The seats were reupholstered in black leather by Mac’s Car Interior Specialists, and the door panels were redone. New rubber seals replaced the originals and new exterior and interior door handles were installed as well as new window cranks. Ian is unable to find a replacement for the centre console, and is afraid that if it’s sent off to be redone, that he runs the risk of it not being completed to his satisfaction. I like the fact that the original console is still there – a reminder of the history and age of this car. All the glass is still original but age has caused slight delamination of the windscreen. By the time this goes to print it would’ve been replaced with a new unit.

    The wiring loom was restored, a process that took a painstaking two and half weeks. A new fuel cap provides access to the 80 litre tank. The stainless steel exhausts exit either side, between the doors and rear wheel arches. While their placement might appear discreet, the sound they emit is anything but. I still can’t decide if I would see or hear this car first if it approached me on a highway. All I do know is that anyone living close to where this car is kept will think that World War Three had just broken out every time it starts.

    Because it looks loud, it wouldn’t seem right if it didn’t sound loud too. This build took many man-hours to bring to fruition and Ian would like to thank his staff, Christo Brand, Tonie Verwey, Percy Ndaba, Howard Macdonald and Fuad Fisher for all their hard work. The good news is that this rare #Dodge Charger is for sale, the bad news, from a personal point of view is that I couldn’t possibly afford it. If you have a spare R1200k lying around and want to buy something truly awesome that will only appreciate in value, now is your chance.

    OWNER: Ian Viljoen and Kevin Magee
    LOCATION: Strand, Western Cape
    BUILDER: Ian Viljoen of Side Ways Customs
    YEAR: 1968
    COLOUR: Candy apple Kawasaki green
    PAINT TYPE: #PPG
    PAINTER: Howard Macdonald
    ENGINE: #Chrysler-383
    TRANNY: #TorqueFlite 3-speed
    INTAKE: #Holley-750 , #Edelbrock-Torker
    REAR END: 9’ Chrysler diff
    SUSPENSION: Master
    BRAKES: Brembo 4-pot calliper upgrade
    WHEELS: #XXR 9.5’ front, 10.5’ rear
    TYRES: 275/35/20 front, 315/35/20 rear
    FUEL TANK: 80 litres
    REBUILD TIME: 5 months
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    CLASSIC ON THE CUSP / #Dodge-Challenger-Hellcat / #Dodge-Challenger / #Dodge / #Dodge-Challenger-Mk3 /

    With 707bhp-worth of thrills and spills on tap, this is no pussycat

    Cost new #2014 £40,000
    Value now #2015 £40,000


    When your passenger pees herself you know you’re in a very scary ride. That most awkward of awkward moments happened last summer on the Pacific Coast Highway outside Malibu in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT. I’d got it hopelessly out of line showing off and ended up stalled and sideways across two carriageways.

    When the tyre smoke cleared my producer made her embarrassing confession and I drove her (slowly) to the nearest restroom. But that’s the Hellcat for you – the fastest and most powerful muscle car in history and an insane homage to the legendary #Chrysler Hemis of the Sixties and Seventies. It cranks out 707 horses from a 6.2-litre V8, does the standing quarter in 11 seconds – on street rubber – and hits 60mph in 3.5 seconds. I’ve been in planes that seem slower. But while a fi ne 1969 Dodge Charger Six Pack is now $150k, the 2015 Hellcat costs just $61,000 – or forty grand sterling to you. That’s epic value for the sort of straight-line performance worthy of an original seven-litre Cobra.

    On corners the Hellcat is useless. Too much weight, girth and understeer. But on the strip very few cars actually feel faster. I totally understand why one of the first buyers totalled his Hellcat within an hour of leaving the showroom. Driving this explosive missile is a constant exercise in monastic restraint. Get the throttle pressure ever so slightly wrong and the tyres light up, you’re wreathed in smoke and suddenly pointing in the opposite direction. But that’s the total wonder of this car – that and the fact it sticks up two transatlantic fingers to any semblance of European finesse. The Hellcat feels tons more fun than a 458.


    And it looks so horny with its coke bottle shape, vibrant Seventies colours and rubber wide enough to roll a polo field. At idle that monster supercharged V8 rocks angrily on its mountings and makes a noise like the devil’s kettledrum. Shift the eight-speed auto into drive (there’s also a manual option for the brave) and you find yourself concentrating like you’re in a full-on fistfight. Visceral doesn’t begin to describe the experience – more like petrifying but in a hugely exciting and exhilarating way. Bringing one into the UK won’t be simple and taxes will inflate that tempting US sticker price, but if you want a proper hardcore act of absolute one-upmanship the Hellcat will make most other supercars look like suburban clichés.

    Will it appreciate in value? Who knows? Will owning one be one of the wildest things you’ve ever done? Absolutely. And that’s why the Hellcat will always have a place in history as one of the most amazing muscle cars ever to come out of America.

    ‘It sticks up two transatlantic fingers to any semblance of European finesse’
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