There are several charity cars up for auction this week at Barrett-Jackson, but this custom Dodge Challenger owned by Richard Petty might just be our favorite. Built by Petty's Garage, the Challenger is painted in legendary Petty Blue and features a 426ci Hemi V8 with 585 horsepower and 560 lb-ft torque. Other modifications include hand-fabricated body components, upgraded suspension, Brembo brakes, and a center exhaust.
As we mentioned, the all of the proceeds of the car will go to charity, and the $130,000 selling price of the car will go a long way in benefiting the Petty Family Foundation and its charities including Victory Junction and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Hit the jump for the complete vehicle description from Barrett-Jackson.
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This one-of-a-kind 2009 Dodge Challenger prototype from Petty's Garage marries the timeless beauty of the 60's and 70's race cars from Petty Enterprises and the craftsmanship of today's master fabricators and is being sold to benefit the Petty Family foundation. This is serial number 0001 and is the very first street car to come from Petty's Garage which is located in the famed Level Cross, NC facility. This challenger is titled in Richard Petty's name and powered by a late model 426cid HEMI from Arrington Engines with 585hp, 560ft/lb of torque and breathing through a 90mm Arrington throttle body and cold air intake. Painted in the trademark Petty Blue by BASF R-M, which is not to be mistaken for B5 Blue or Grabber Blue. This is 1 of only a handful of street cars to ever be painted Petty Blue. The car has been completely disassembled, placed on a rotisserie and repainted, including all suspension components, which are painted "Petty Parts Blue." Automotive enthusiasts will notice the hand fabricated fascia, rocker panels, rear bumper cover and the blade type rear spoiler, all of which were "The King's" vision for "squaring up the car". Performance enhancements include Pedders suspension bushings, swaybars and coilovers, Petty's Garage custom strut tower brace, cross member, sub-frame connectors and adjustable swaybar linkage increase chassis rigidity. Brembo Gran Tourismo brakes provide the stopping power with M6 calipers in the front matched with cross drilled 380x34mm disks and M4 calipers in the rear with cross drilled 380x28mm disks. "The King" also wanted a center exhaust which is hand fabricated with 2 3/4" mandrel bent stainless steel tubing. Prototypes are only built once and this is a one-of-a-kind automobile. To truly appreciate the craftsmanship and detail put into this build, you have to catch a view from underneath the car. Proceeds from the sale of this vehicle will benefit the Petty Family Foundation and its primary charities, The Victory Junction Gang and Paralyzed Veterans of America.