Although technically the parts, service and customer care division of the former Chrysler Corporation (now Stellantis), Mopar to car enthusiasts is more commonly a reference to vehicles produced by the company, including makes such as Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Plymouth, Fiat and RAM. Known for bold design, raw power and exhilarating performance, Mopar vehicles embody a spirit of unbridled excitement on the open road. Whether it’s the heart-pounding acceleration or the unmistakable growl of a HEMI, Mopars exude a sense of automotive passion that sets them apart from the crowd.
Over the years, Barrett-Jackson has consistently delivered an abundance of excitement for Mopar enthusiasts. With the recent charity sale of a 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, which celebrated the Last Call series at the 2023 Las Vegas Auction, it’s the perfect time to review some of the unique Mopar vehicles that have graced the Barrett-Jackson auction block over the years.
Scroll through this gallery of chart-topping Mopar sales and see the magic for yourself:
2006 SCOTTSDALE – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA CONVERTIBLE – SOLD! $2,160,000
Pictured above is a 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda powered by its original matching-numbers 426/425hp HEMI V8 engine with an A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Equipped with the A32 Super Performance Axle Package with Sure-Grip 4.10 gears, the B51 power brake package and power steering.
2022 LAS VEGAS – 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD – SOLD! $1,650,000
Original 426ci HEMI V8 engine mated to a TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission and a Chrysler 8.75-inch with a 3.55 ratio Sure-Grip axle. Equipped with power steering, power brakes with front discs and the Max Cooling Package. From the Lindley Collection.
2013 SCOTTSDALE – 1956 CHRYSLER DIABLO CONCEPT CONVERTIBLE – SOLD! $1,375,000
Considered the ultimate concept car design by Virgil Exner, then director of automotive design for Chrysler. Execution of the body was done by Ghia of Italy. Reportedly the largest convertible made by Ghia in the 1950s and the 1960s, it is just under 21 feet long.
2014 SCOTTSDALE – 1954 PLYMOUTH BELMONT CONVERTIBLE – $1,320,000
Concept car was designed by Chrysler Corporation, under the direction of Virgil Exner, for the 1954 Chicago Auto Show and New York Autorama Show. Was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
2013 SCOTTSDALE – 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA CONVERTIBLE – $1,320,000
One of only 11 ever produced. Equipped with the 426 HEMI V8 engine with two 4-barrel carburetors, 727 automatic transmission, Super Track Pak package with Dana 60 rear end and 4.11 ratio gears, power convertible top, center console and more.
2006 SCOTTSDALE – 1952 CHRYSLER D’ELEGANCE – SOLD! $1,188,000
One-off Chrysler d’Elegance that was the signature car of Chrysler designer Virgil Exner. Firmly entrenched Exner’s career at Chrysler and heavily influenced the 1950s-era Chrysler “letter” car series.
2007 SCOTTSDALE – 1954 DODGE FIREARROW II CONVERTIBLE CONCEPT CAR – SOLD! $1,080,000
The Dodge Firearrows were a grouping of four one-off concept/dream cars designed by Chrysler’s legendary design chief Virgil Exner and built by Ghia of Turin, Italy. The series consisted of a full-scale mockup (Firearrow I). This Firearrow II is a running, driving, fully roadable car based on that mockup.
2007 SCOTTSDALE – 1954 DODGE FIREARROW IV CONVERTIBLE CONCEPT CAR – SOLD! $1,080,000
A fully roadable convertible with folding top and windows. Fully designed and engineered to be translated into series production.
2018 NORTHEAST – LAST PRODUCTION 2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT DEMON AND THE LAST PRODUCTION 2017 DODGE VIPER – SOLD AS A PAIR FOR $1,000,000
Powered by an 840hp supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine, the last-production Challenger SRT Demon features a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Viper-exclusive red exterior with a unique instrument panel badge, leaving its mark as an undisputed muscle car legend. The 645hp Dodge Viper is America’s hand-built performance supercar, featuring an 8.4-liter V10 engine, aerospace-grade, lightweight carbon-fiber body, iconic side exhaust and massive 14-inch-wide rear tires. Its VIN, 731948, signifies it to be the last production example of this legendary lineage, leaving behind a 25-year legacy with more track records than any other production car.
2022 SCOTTSDALE – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI SUPERBIRD – SOLD! $990,000
One of 135 ever produced. Powered by the original matching-numbers 426/425hp HEMI V8 engine mated to a TorqueFlite automatic transmission and performance axle package. Features the original Fender Tags, Window Sticker, Broadcast Sheet and owner’s manual.
Title: MOPAR MAGIC: Top-of-the-Chart Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth Sales at Barrett-Jackson
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/mopar-magic-top-of-the-chart-dodge-chrysler-and-plymouth-sales-at-barrett-jackson/
Published Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2023 16:37:30 +0000
Special Report: 42 photos from the 2023 Mooneyes show
Each year, on the first Sunday of December, scores of custom motorcycles and hot rods pack out the Pacifico Yokohama exhibition center, for the incomparable Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. Or, if you prefer, the Mooneyes show.
Mooneyes is a cornucopia of visual delights. Like the Japanese custom scene itself, it operates on another level, with no regard for convention. Although choppers usually dominate the floor space, myriad other styles are represented too—from café racers to flat trackers, scramblers, bobbers, and other oddities that defy definition.
Our good friends and powerhouse photography duo, Marc Holstein and Christine Gabler, have become regular visitors to the show. They’ve just wrapped up their third Mooneyes experience, and have come away as wide-eyed as they did the first time. “Experiencing the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is always a special moment, and something I look forward to at the end of the year,” Marc tells us.
As usual, Marc and Christine came away with full hearts and even fuller memory cards. And if you’re wondering why many of their photos are devoid of any people, it’s because they bagged a coveted invitation to the Saturday setup session.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Special Report: 42 photos from the 2023 Mooneyes show
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/mooneyes-hrcs-2023
Published Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2023 21:02:37 +0000
Lime green dream: A zesty custom KTM 690 Duke by 46Works
There’s something special about Shiro Nakajima’s work, and it’s painted all over the elegant lines of this custom KTM 690 Duke. Nakajima-san’s creations show a clear affinity to vintage race bikes but look like they’d be more at home on twisty B-roads. They are brutally mechanical yet graceful; retro and modern at the same time.
Shiro’s signature style is a byproduct of his considerable experience. He trained as an engineer, before rising to prominence as the boss of the legendary Japanese restomod house, Ritmo Sereno. He operates as 46Works now, working on furniture, motorcycles, and cars from his beautiful wooden home at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Most of the Shiro’s custom builds are big twins, but he has a soft spot for thumpers. “In the late 1990s, the first motorcycle I acquired was a Yamaha SR400,” he explains. “It was the heyday of race replicas—but here I was, riding around on that SR400, fully banked on the mountain passes.”
“It was popular in Japan at the time for some enthusiasts to race single-cylinder bikes. The majority raced tuned Yamaha SR and SRXes, and the Suzuki Goose also participated in later years. So a big single is not a mere object of nostalgia to me, but a sportbike.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Lime green dream: A zesty custom KTM 690 Duke by 46Works
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/ktm-690-duke-46works
Published Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2023 18:52:28 +0000
Two custom Vyatka scooters, fresh from the Butcher’s block
Butcher Garage is known for two things: they build wild custom scooters and they have zero regard for purists. It’s right there in their name.
“The etymology of the name of our workshop is quite simple,” explains Butcher Garage co-founder, Alex Mazan. “We love to cut the donor into pieces, for which the Vespa community dislikes us a little. They believe that everything must be kept original.”
Butcher Garage has several hard-hitting Vespa customs under its belt. But the custom scooters you’re looking at here are Vyatkas—Vespa clones that were built in Russia during the Soviet era. The unpainted one is a 1959-model Vyatka VP-150 (a copy of the Vespa 150 GS), while the blue one is a 1970s Vyatka Elektron.
These two custom scooters also mark a significant milestone for Butcher Garage, because they’re the last two builds to roll out of their Saint Petersburg workshop. Alex, his co-conspirators Arseniy Chekar and Vlad Zaki, their staff, and their families have all relocated to Belgrade, Serbia. Some of them made the trip by plane, but the rest trekked over 4,000 miles across Russia and through Georgia, Turkey, and Bulgaria to get there.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Two custom Vyatka scooters, fresh from the Butcher’s block
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-vyatka-scooters-butcher-garage
Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 19:43:14 +0000
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