The 2013 Auto Nation Arapahoe Dodge Ram auto show had a solid collection of old and new Dodge vehicles on display. While each had their own unique styling, they mostly shared one thing in common. A great assortment of Mopar performance parts and accessories.
Starting off the show was a 1979 Dodge Ram Charger that had been very well kept by the owner. It was an flashback to what an offroad truck used to be: big, powerful and lots of lights. The power for this ride comes from a 360 cu in (5.9 L) V8 with a 4-speed transmission putting out 195 horsepower. While the horsepower is low for today’s vehicles, back then that was a good amount of get up and go.
While the truck sat out front, the rest of the show was dominated by Challengers, Darts, Super Bees and Cudas. One of the standouts has to the 1969 Dodge Super Bee Six Pack. The car is one of only 11 known to have been built in special blue color and is one of 826 with a four speed and hard top. It is powered by a 440 RB block with an original Edelbrock aluminum manifold with 3-2 barrel Holley carburetors. The transmission is the original HEMI four speed that has been rebuilt with an overdrive gearset. The torsion bars and leafs springs have been replaced with Mopar performance parts. Probably most remarkably, this car was the owners first car purchased in 1980 at the age of 15. He has kept it in great shape throughout all of these years.
Also of note was a Ram 1500 regular cab, short bed truck with a Viper V-10 engine in it. The engine bay has just enough room to squeeze the monster in it. This engine coupled with a manual transmission is a dream combo for a lot of truck lovers.
There were lots of other cars of note with their own character. A 1971 Dodge Demon had a devils trident in place of the radio antennae. A 1960 Plymouth Fury with a that puts out an impressive 460 ft. lbs. of torque at 2800 RPM was also on display. It also has a top speed of 135 and can do 0-60 in 7.3 sec. A pink Dodge Challenger had an engine bay full of Mopar parts including chrome lettering all over the engine.
Inside the dealership sat one of the most impressive cars of the show, a Plymouth Roadrunner complete an elevated spoiler raised 23 inches off of the trunk deck by upright pylons and an aerodynamic nose cone. This is the same type of car Richard Petty drove in 1969 on the NASCAR circuit. It was complete with many of the typical Roadrunner icons and graphics. Also, it featured many Mopar accessories throughout the engine bay and in the interior. Sitting in the showroom, it looked spectacular.
It was a great show with lots of different cars and trucks to look at. Which one is your favorite?