By on March 29, 2021

Dodge Challenger

A 2,000 horsepower 1970 Dodge Challenger was selected Best in Show from a group of 50 vehicles at the Barrett-Jackson auction this past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, and awarded the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Cup. The Challenger was among five finalists, including a ’32 Ford Tudor, ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air, ’63 Chevrolet Bel Air Wagon, and a ’70 Ford F-100 Pickup.

Challenger“Congratulations to every builder who was a part of this year’s Barrett-Jackson Cup,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. “Each vehicle in this year’s elite competition raised the bar for custom automotive design and engineering. The ability for these craftsmen to shape their vision into reality and connect with so many enthusiasts is truly unprecedented. That popularity was evident by the record number of fans around the world who cast votes daily for their top choice.”

Challenger

A special website, BarrettJacksonCup.com, was created to allow fans to vote on their favorite cars at the show, and more than 25,000 votes were cast throughout the week. The 1970 Dodge Challenger, known as ‘Havoc’, was owned by Robert Zahabi from Queensland, Australia, and built by Rides by Kam, also based in Queensland, was the recipient of the trophy and a $10,000 cash prize. Reportedly, the new owner is actor Dylan Sprouse, who rose to fame as Zack Martin on the Disney Channel series, “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”, alongside his twin brother, Cole Sprouse.

Challenger

An F-3R ProCharger supercharged, 9.4-liter, 572 cubic-inch Hemi big block engine, produces 2,000 HP through a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. The Challenger sits on a Roadster Shop chassis with staggered 20×8-inch wheels in front and 20×15-inch in back, and independent rear suspension. Inside, there’s a hand-built custom interior. PPG Slanted Brown paint protects the all-steel, custom-fabricated body. and there is a machined grille, headlights, and taillights to finish off this ’70s muscle car.

Challenger

“This year’s Barrett-Jackson cup competition was a testament to the level of talent of today’s custom coach builders,” said Barrett-Jackson president, Steve Davis. “Over the past few years since we began hosting the competition, we’ve seen a tremendous surge of talent and vision take life in these builds. I am honored to be a part of giving these entrants the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to our winner, finalists and all of our entrants.”

Founded in 1971 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson is a collector car and automotive lifestyle events company.

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25 Comments on “1970 Dodge Challenger Selected Barrett-Jackson Best in Show...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I get it, but I prefer my classics to be original, near original, or evenly a light resto-mod. Give me a cleaned-up barn find any day.

    To my eye, these cars are closer to a funny car wearing a “Camry” badge (for example), than anything resembling their original intent. “Caricature” comes to mind.

    • 0 avatar
      MoDo

      The only issue is these builds/styles age like milk. You’ll see this car or one like it in 20 years and go “ewwww, so 20-teens” but the good news is they tend to change with the times. I’ve seen dozens of these “pro touring” cars that use to be tubbed out pro street cars back in the 90’s, black paint, pink thunderbolt down the size, aluminum wing, blower through the hood etc.

      In 15 years this one will look different and have a 2500hp electric drivetrain in it

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        They’re time capsules, like the ’80s totally customized mini-trucks. Or the custom surfer/molester vans from before those. A 16″ as mentioned, up front, maybe a 245/60 would still look good in 20/30+ years, and if staggered width (wheels), a 285/45/17 in the rear .

        And plain original (look) headlights please for the love of god.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike-NB2

      “I get it, but I prefer my classics to be original, near original, or evenly a light resto-mod. Give me a cleaned-up barn find any day.

      To my eye, these cars are closer to a funny car wearing a “Camry” badge (for example), than anything resembling their original intent. “Caricature” comes to mind.”

      I came here to write pretty much the same thing. These are hideous to my eyes which prefer original save for some necessary (and usually hidden) safety upgrades.

    • 0 avatar

      Agree, I hate this and think it looks trash with those wheels and tires.

      If you’re going to resto mod something, do it like Singer does.

  • avatar
    readallover

    Whomever was in charge of the sound on that broadcast should be fired. Almost all the commentary was unintelligible due to the garbled call of the auctioneer that was plumbed in. I ended up muting the sound and just watching.

  • avatar
    JMII

    The wheels on that Charger are hideous. The only one I like from the above selection is the truck.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Imagine how much better these would look with an OEM factory-level paint job.

    And what is the recommended tire rotation pattern?

    This is all very confusing. Why can’t people just buy new stock vehicles and enjoy them during the warranty period?

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Not a fan of slapping on way-too-big wheels and then tucking them. But that seems to be the canonical approach to older American machinery now.

    It would be fine to pick stylistically appropriate wheels big enough to mount modern rubber, but these examples all go way, way beyond that.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I agree, although some of the brake upgrades will not fit with period 13 or 14 inch wheels. I do feel though something like 16in would look good, still allow for somewhat regular tire size, and fit most of these upgrades.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        16″-17″ is the right size. Smaller than that and you can’t get modern high-performance rubber or fit upgraded brakes; larger than that and either the car looks like a donk, you destroy the geometry, or both.

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    CaddyDaddy is confused, was this the custom car class only? BJ is placating to its bidders with stupid money. …. ever notice how when the IRS or US Marshals auction off seized assets, the car collection reflects these types of autos. It’s also the reflection of the coming of age and wealth of the played with matchbox cars generation. To old for the Harleys, now onto Muscle Cars.

    What about Pre-war Packards, Isotta Fraschini, Rolls Royce Ghosts etc….

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    mcs…. Medically Exempt. Afflicted with awareness and cured of fear! It’s a wonderful thing.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Ummm, no.

  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    Nothing wrong with that ’32 Ford!

  • avatar
    Noble713

    Reading the description of the Challenger….it makes me think of the Ship of Theseus. Can we even call this a 1970 “build” anymore? It sounds more like a retro-styled kit car build than anything else. I like the look of the blue ’55 Bel Air, but I’m biased as my Supra is a similar color.

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    well, at least that ‘reimagined’ caddy didn’t win anything other than a starring role in mashup of the Rodger Rarebit vs. Dikc Tracey (sic for non-legal issues).

    No telling what viewer tastes are; just get slammed and shimmy away…

  • avatar
    nrd515

    The others pictured are at least, OK, but man do I hate that Challenger. from the wheels to the color, and that front end mutation, it’s just bad. I need to look out the window to see what a Challenger should look like..

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