Two Dodges Awaiting Rebirth

Why do people let these beauties decay like this? If you’re keeping them to someday rebuild them then fine but at least take steps to stop any further deterioration. If you’re waiting for the market prices to climb in order to sell them then fine but, again, at least take steps to stop any further deterioration! Not much of a story to go with the pictures but the pictures alone say alot. See them at Cars in Barns. More pics after the jump.


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Vintage Mopar NASCAR Photo of the Week: Cotton Owens Garage Circa 1967

Want to see what a Championship NASCAR garage looked like in 1967? Well here you go. This is from early 1967 just after the COG had won the 1966 Grand National Championship. Owens was one of the main factory sponsored Chrysler teams at the time and he had a lot of cars to work with compared to other teams in 1967. You can see two 1966 Dodge Charger’s here and you can see what a NASCAR cage looked like in 1967.  The cage was still pretty primitive at this point in Grand National history. Full door bars were not mandatory until 1968.


2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition at the LA Auto Show

Chrysler is on a bit of a roll with special editions. The latest is a metallic matte black and satin finished Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition (GTS ACE anyone?) giving it an even more sinister look. It features black chrome “Rattler” wheels accompanied by other unique exterior trim pieces and finishes. The only splash of color, orange, can be found on the calipers, the stitching and a few interior accents. It is limited to a run of just 50 vehicles. Look for it in a very few showroom floors in January. See more detail here at CarBuzz. More pics from the LA Auto Show after the jump!


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Dodge 100th Anniversary Editions

In 1914, the Dodge brothers struck out on their own and never looked back. To commemorate their centennial, Dodge is releasing two limited production cars early in 2014 based on the Charger and the Challenger. Both cars will be available in an exclusive “High Octane” red pearl coat paint with unique 20 inch wheels and badging. The flat bottom steering wheel, formerly only available on SRT’s, is a nice touch. There are also many smaller details such as a different color “100” on the speedometers and brass colored accent stitching as a reminder of the Dodge brothers machinist heritage. See more detail at Allpar.


Breaking Down a 65 Dodge Coronet: Is This Car Special?

We at Rocket Restorations keep our own Mopar registry. Galen isn’t the only one who keeps track of these cars. When you start to look at the numbers of these cars, whether it is the VIN number or the fender tag codes or other interesting things, you can find out a lot of information about them you wouldn’t normally see. Patterns start to emerge and you can learn a lot. This week we are going to break down a 1965 Dodge Coronet that just came through our shop. Continue reading after the jump!


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2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

Jeep will be unveiling their latest special edition Wrangler at the Los Angeles International Auto Show this week. Paying homage to the iconic WWII Willys, it comes with an upgraded Dana 44 rear axle with a Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and 3.73 gears. Tires are LT255/75R17 BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrains. It will be available in both 2 door and 4 door versions. See more at Left Lane News. More pics after the jump.


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Ezra Dyer Attempts to Tame the Viper

Automobile magazine contributing writer Ezra Dyer test drove a 2013 Viper. He seems to get that the Viper and Corvette do not run in similar circles. I love his quote, “The difference between the Corvette and the Viper is that the ’Vette wants to be a new Ferrari, while the Viper wants to be a 1965 Shelby Cobra. Either that, or a big rock on a catapult. It hasn’t decided.” Read the entire article at The New York Times.


Biggest Turn Off When Looking For a New Old Mopar?

I can deal with a lot of things when looking for a new old Mopar. Non-running is fine. A few states away is fine. Modifications? That’s ok, if they are reversible. Non-number matching? No biggie. Rust? Not a huge fan, but hey, when you are talking about something 40+ years old there might be a little rust. But a black Chevy spray bombed engine bay like the one on this 1970 Plymouth Satellite convertible on eBay? Instant turn off and deal breaker.

How about you?