• Mar 17th 2009 at 7:58PM
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Scrap Heap-bound Dodge Challenger Convertible – Click above for image gallery

Dodge long ago confirmed that a convertible version of the Challenger was not going to happen, blaming the extreme degree to which the chassis would need stiffening if the roof were removed. Then what did members of the Michigan F-Body Association forum spot riding on a trailer around Auburn Hills, MI, home of Chrysler's headquarters? The pics don't lie, and they're telling us that Dodge did produce at least one Challenger Convertible in Lime Green that never saw the light of day. Numerous tuners have created convertible versions of the Challenger already, many of which debuted at last year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but an official version was never shown by Dodge. This one, which appears to be a concept rather than a preproduction vehicle, has been defaced with the word "SCRAP" spray-painted on its bumper and fenders. It's a sorry sight to see for any Challenger fanboy. By now, the Challenger Convertible has likely reached its destination and could be a cube of Lime Green scrap metal. Hopefully that's not the case and this car will wind up being the barn find of the century in 50 years.

UPDATE:
CarDomain is reporting that Mopar Performance has intervened to save the Challenger Convertible from being scrapped and will "mod the hell out of it."




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good news guys I know who built that car.
      Coach Builders did another one for the the show street customs
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would they scrap it!?!?!

      Surely there is a better use for it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      THE CAR WAS NOT SCRAPPED

      It was one of 2 built, 1 being the SEMA car, this one was saved by MOPAR PERFORMANCE and the photos are of it enroute back to the shop.

      Details:
      http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=5099286&an=0&page=0&gonew=1#UNREAD
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are still a lot of viable parts on that car for being "scrap". Even if it is not viable as a complete vehicle, there are plenty of component parts on that vehicle that are not a liability problem on their own.

      If that were going to the scrap crusher, why is it not a stripped down unibody?

      Waste not, Want not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a waste!
      • 6 Years Ago
      STOP THAT TRUCK !!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Seriously... a half-ton truck and a flat-bed trailer? That's all you've got Dodge? Screams viral advertising to me... (Let's paint this sucker the brightest color on the pallette and drag it around on an open trailer with a new Ram)
        Looks like the next installment of "Dude that thing got a Hemi in it?"

        I don't get all the flat black krylon though, I'm sure we can thank legal for that crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Thomas

        That was my reaction, but with added o's :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know it's a shame to see it scrapped, but we don't know whether it's safe to drive, if it met crash standards etc. etc.

      They call me buzz killington.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      WHYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!
      DAMN YOU MOPAR, DAMN YOUUUUUU!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dude, hey DUDE!!!

      That car looks AWFULLY heavy- and the dump is so far away. Tell ya what, I'll take it off your hands for $50... no, $100.

      Whaddya say?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isnt ford going to sell at auction the two Mustang concepts? I find it hard to believe that Chrysler can't do the same thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow those rams can really tow...that thing looks huge
      but i know its really around 4000lbs
      not much for modern half tons
      but still wish they would just sell it and use the money toward something useful
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like those coil springs are getting a work out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's likely the drivetrain was scavenged for other uses.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, another reason why the top brass at Chrysler needs to go.

      Unless, it did not meet any safety or emission standards and could not be registered.

      I think they should have kept it as a show car for a future convertible.

      Oh well.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I think that's exactly why they did it.
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