“In addition to being a fully capable full-size pickup truck, reviewers say the 1500 has the smoothest ride in the class and first-class cabin materials that make it feel like a luxury car,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor – U.S. News Best Cars. “The Ram 1500 also has an available diesel engine with plenty of grunt for towing, as well as great fuel economy.”
Lots of auctions are going on during auction week in Phoenix. Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele are the biggest but Gooding is pretty big, too. They tend to have more high end and European cars but they had a couple of Mopars. Of course we had to check them out…
One Mopar was a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Was not so impressed with this car as it was missing its fender tag and was a 440-4 car. It is a 4-speed car though. Auction estimate was $80-100k!
Tuesday is normally not a super exciting day at Barrett-Jackson, but since Barrett was selling the majority of the Ron Pratte collection that night, the room was full and the bidding was crazy. Ron is a big time collector in the Phoenix area and had been buying high end cars at Barrett-Jackson for years. He decided to liquidate his collection through BJ and it was very fun to watch. This included two Hemi Mopars that did very well. The first car up was a 1970 Dodge Charger with a 426 Hemi and a 4-speed. Bidding was furious and shot up to $190,000 right away–unseen levels for a Hemi B-Body. It ended up at $200,000. Here is a picture of the car:
You want to buy a new Viper but you’re afraid that, once you do, your neighbour will buy the same car/color/options. No worries with the new Dodge Viper GTC. You build your Viper your way; choosing from 8000 colors, 24,000 hand-painted custom stripes, 10 wheels, 16 interior trims, 6 aero packages and more. That makes a total of 25,000,000 possible different combinations! You are also assigned a personal concierge who will keep you updated as to the progress of the building of your Viper. Find more info at Torque News. The soon to be released program is available at DriveSRT.
Automotive News is reporting that Chrysler will be turbocharging their Pentastar mill, with twin turbos no less! First up may be a turbocharged 3.6L Grand Cherokee in 2015. Find more info at Left Lane.
The November 2014 edition of Hemmings Classic Car commemorates Dodge’s 100 anniversary. Articles include Dodge History, 1930 Dodge Phaeton, 1954 Dodge Royal, Dodge Owners (57 of them),the 1963 Dodge 330 and 1939-47 light trucks. Pick up yours today!
Allpar has a piece on the new 2015 Chrysler 300. Styling has been softened but there’s no mistaking that silhouette for anything other than Chrysler’s flagship. The 8 speed Torque Flight is the only transmission, backing up either the 3.6L V6 or the venerable 5.7L Hemi. The SRT has been dropped. All wheel drive is available as an option with the V6. Get all the details at Allpar.