• May 2, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Dodge "Vanishing Point" Challenger

It's good to know that there are folks at Chrysler who are still having a good time despite the rubbish state of auto sales in the U.S. The best evidence of this is the automakers's entry this year's One Lap of America "cross-country" race. Chrysler's Vice President Ralph Gilles and Erich Heuschele, Vehicle Dynamics Supervisor for SRT, are entering a blank white Challenger inspired by the 1970 Dodge Challenger that stars in the cult film Vanishing Point from 1971. The plot of the original movie revolves around a guy named Kowalski who has to deliver a white 1970 Challenger from Denver to San Francisco. He's aided by a blind DJ named Super Soul who listens to the police band and delivers helpful if not clairvoyant info to the protagonist over the radio. It's fitting then that Gilles and Heuschele have entered the One Lap race this year under the names of Kowalski and Super Soul, and the car they'll be driving is the very first preproduction Challenger prototype that was ever driven on public roads. It's been rescued from the crusher and slightly modified with a fresh coat of white paint (the first ever seen on a new Challenger) and new wheels to more resemble the original. Check out our gallery of the "Return to Vanishing Point" Challenger below, and glimpse the fun film Chrysler produced after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Michelle!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      there is nothing like hearing about a test mule that gets saved from the crusher. Especially this old badass mofo, VIN 003, first challenger to be driven on American roads, first to ever wear white, raced in One Lap and Targa, this car is going to be worth lots later
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dorks. Doing dork-like things that appeals only to...dorks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks pretty awesome. Having just seen Cannonball Run for the first time, I think Vanishing Point will have to be my next old cult car movie viewing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't care what anyone says, but nothing handles a trans-continental (North America) trip like American Iron.

      Tried it once in an Audi, with disasterous results.

      Toyotas were okay, but making the trip in a Frigidaire probably would have been more exciting.

      Tried once in my navy buddy's 2ng gen Honda Prelude, and I swear that thing was powered by rubber bands. On the down-hills and flat stretches cat was fast. On the hillmountain climbs, everyone that we had blown by on the flats just caught and passed us.

      I'd be willing to make that deal with the devil, just to drive this car cross-country.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tried a BMW yet? That was Alex Roy's choice (M5) in making the stint across the country for the "record."

        I wouldn't think Audi would have the reliability for something like that and the others you mentioned aren't any sort of "premium" brand that I'd target with such an attempt.

        Not to say a good ole American car can't do it... I think it would be pretty fun in just about any ride. And this one even looks pretty bad ass.
        • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      It sounds great. The thing i remember most about early 1970's Chrysler V8's was the sound of the carb opening up when floored. I hope they get the intake moan right on the production cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That guy Gilles looks like a dork in that outfit.

      The car does look really nice. Put some blue racing stripes on it and I would take one for sure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Umm, they are dressed like the characters in the movie, Super Soul and Kowalski.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Gilles look was on porpuse.

        If it wasn't...
      • 6 Years Ago
      isnt the comparo to "vanishing point" a tad rediculous, considering the "hero" bites it in the end??
      (don't get me wrong, I love the original V.P.)

      but I'd rather be one of 2 clowns in a "fast & furious" sponsor deal-o

      at least Pauly walks away at the end of each flick lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heroes don't always get the girl at the end of the story, Steve-0. And they sometimes die proving a point, standing up for their beliefs or fighting the good fight.

        And then there are the clowns you jusdt keep coming back to make sequels. Some of which aren't all that good, t'boot!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funnily enough, those wheels look -infinitely- better than the regular production wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow those rims look awesome. they've been out for a while, waiting for the right car to go on. i think the Challenger is ust that car. they never looked right on the 300C in my opinion. but look how much negative camber that car has. it is going to get horrible tire wear if it were to REALLY go cross country.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yah but will Ralgh Gilles total-off this car like he did with the Charger SRT at Targa-Newfoundland a couple of years ago?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok so his co-pilot totaled the Chalenger off! Maybe next time it will be Ralgh's turn !
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, they stole my idea! Except I can still do a better job, because Kowalski's Challenger was an R/T... plus those oversize wheels look dumb. Real muscle cars have fat tires.
      • 6 Years Ago
      im not huge fan of dodge or the challenger but...damn....that car in white looks amazing...
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