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2009 Cuda Convertible by Mr. Norm's at Barrett-Jackson – Click above for high-res image gallery

You've seen the car featured on Autoblog before... Mr. Norm's 426 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible is a modern Dodge Challenger taken to an extreme level. Under the hood sits a 6.1-liter Hemi that pushes out 650 horsepower at the crank. The steel roof has been replaced with a drop-top and the black and yellow paint scheme screams classic muscle. The large "HEMI" graphic on the rear fenders helps a bit too.

The 426 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible uses actual parts from the classic 'Cuda. The taillights, rear panel and fender gills are from a 1971 model. Inside, Mr. Norm's two-door convertible sports all the modern amenities you would expect in a new Challenger, such as Bluetooth connectivity and a Boston Acoustics sound system.

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  • 2009 Prototype 'Cuda Convertible by Mr. Norm's Garage
  • 2009 Prototype 'Cuda Convertible by Mr. Norm's Garage

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe how much this sold for. I think Mr. Norm made some good money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better than the Firebird/Camaro thing. Well done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This one looks very well done, gorgeous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      True mopar enthusiasts will denounce this abomination. The proportions are horrible and the billboard stripe should be a decal, not painted on and then glossed over.

      Leave the past in the past.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. This looks like a caricature of the original. I don't mind retro designs as long as there is something new or evolved in it but this is more like, let's see how we can make the new Challenger look like an old cuda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Groza The 1970 Challenger T/A was 3801 lbs. The 2010 Challenger SE and R/T are 3819 lbs and 4041 lbs respectively. Hardly "a fat pig compared to the original". Sure they could have gone smaller, but then it would be a cramped little play toy like the Mustang and Camaro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not talking about weight, I'm talking about dimensions. Have you ever seen a new Challenger parked next to an old one? I have, it was at a local car show, the size difference is staggering.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's pretty much the same deal with the camaro. Any new car vs old is going to be bulkier. Just look at the mini. Yes when you look at an old challenger vs the new one it looks huge. But in relation to other modern cars, it looks just fine. Even the Camry has developed a high beltline look. And the slightly slimmer look of the new Camaro comes at the sacrifice of visibility. The Camaro is like being in a tank compared to the Challenger, which is pretty bad considering the Challenger already has the high dash narrow window muscle car thing going on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Again, not a massive difference. Looks can be deceiving, even if parked next to each other.

        About 6 inches longer and 1/2 inch narrower. It just has a higher ride height - total height is 6 inches taller.
        Length 191.3 in (4859 mm)
        Width 76.1 in (1933 mm)
        Height 50.9 in (1293 mm)

        Length 197.7 in (5022 mm)
        Width 75.7 in (1923 mm)
        Height 57.0 in (1448 mm)

      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr. Norms Grand Spaulding Dodge. Those were the days my friends!