• Jun 14, 2008
Click image above for high-res gallery of pics of this new 'Cuda Convertible Concept

Maybe the 'Cuda is alive after all. While we have speculated about the existence of one ever since we first heard a hint of the SEMA show car from last year, all we've had to work with since are rumors and sketches of what might be. Well, today at the weekly Cars and Coffee show in Irvine, a genuine 'Cuda Concept was parked right in the midst of everything. A convertible nonetheless. It just sat there with only a few people really spotting it for what it was. Considering that real original '70s 'Cudas are plentiful at this show and that several Challenger SRT-8s have already made appearances, it doesn't seem surprising that people might not spot this concept immediately. The surprising part is that it is painted purple with a white convertible top that can't be ignored no matter how hard you try. While the car sported no badges, it wore a mock "NEWCUDA" Colorado plate and had a seemingly stock Challenger-like interior, complete with a Hurst pistol-grip shifter for the automatic trans. While many of the details emulate the 70-74 cars, the bulk says Challenger. Particularly fun is the grill and headlight setup and the Shaker hood scoop. Very nicely done. The only badge we spotted was a big G on the front fenders, the mark of Metalcrafter's Gaffoglio boys. Looks like we have a SEMA '08 preview on our hands.


Photos Copyright © 2008 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc


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      • 6 Years Ago
      ugh everyone around me spotted it immediately, then moved on, the contours and colors appeared quite comic and simply didn't work. It felt like something out of CARs. I squeezed a few hundred RAW images and this car didn't even find itself in one, it was possibly the most underwhelming car at the show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This was actually at the Spring Fling in Van Nuys last month.
      • 6 Years Ago
      very nice purple color perfect for push rod fans
      • 6 Years Ago
      wtf it's a challenger interior with a ill-proportioned exterior.
        • 6 Years Ago
        scratch that. an ugly exterior.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not a Challenger interior, it's a Charger/Magnum interior with apparently custom colors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      doesnt it look exactly like that car in megas XLR? :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Chrysler were smart they would have a 'Cuda option' for the new Dodge Challenger. The "Cuda Option" would consist of a Plymouth style grill, tail light appearence, rims, and Plymouth specific options from 1971. IE the "billboard stripes".
      SRT_SHIFT
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is what the world needs Bring the cuda back!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good looking, but this is someone's wet dream. It is not up to Chrysler's quality in concepts. Too many details look slapped on. My guess... chopped and molested Charger by someone with a lot of money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ironically Metalcrafters builds some of Foose's cars as well as most of the concepts you see at auto shows around the world. Take a look at their website and you'll see what I mean.

        http://www.metalcrafters.com/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. This is nothing but a dream. The purple is distracting though. But in all seriousness, Chrysler LLC didn't make this. It's not even on their website. Ford did a better job distincting their Edge from the MKX. Totally badge engineered, if that is even how it was made.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, kudo's to whoever put the time & effort in - but it does look like garage made effort. The back lacks any character, the front fender is modified charger, the interior is charger, the exhaust tips/cutouts look like a last minute job...

        It just doesn't have that Chrysler 'punch' when it comes to show cars... and looks... well, sloppy compared to some of the best in the business (ex Foose)
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was there this morning and it looked ghastly in my own opinion. I'm a fan of the original concept but that though impossible to ignore it was for all the wrong reasons.
      SRT_SHIFT
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is what the world needs Bring the cuda back!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sooooo...... is Plymouth back?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking. Making a "Dodge" 'Cuda angers the car gods.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks wrong in many ways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just saw this car yesterday at Chryslers at Carlisle. I thought it was well done . This could very have been the replacement for the unloved Sebring convertible ,but I think the new fuel economy numbers have doomed it. It was listed on the info board that the company that did this car IS the SAME ONE that did the Challenger concept. So I don't know if it was a official Chrysler project or not. Since the sale of the company I doubt you'll see anything special coming in the near future after all the Mercedes funded projects are done. I think they are in real trouble including the overall survival of the company. They have annouced that they will be cutting about 1/3 the models from the current line up that are similar to others in the line up. Read that as most of the Dodge branded SUVs gone and only the Jeep versions left. the Dodge /Chrylers twins will be halved ( read that as by by Sebring sedan) Many older models will be shelved with no replacements like the PT cruiser and even the Viper is on the chopping block. It looks like dark days ahead for the Pentastar.
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