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Its auction season in Arizona, and the worlds foremost car collectors are descending on the state with cash in hand for a shot at taking home their very own slices of history. This is a big year for Dodge fans, as an iconic piece of Dodge past will roll across the stage courtesy of RM Auctions. The 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept will be auctioned off to the highest bidder later this week. If you eat, sleep and breathe Dodge, chances are you know all about this wild concept, but for the rest of us, the story behind the 64 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept is an unbelievable tale.
Way back when the muscle car wars were in full swing, our designers decided that we needed a car that could step into the ring with the then-champion Pontiac GTO. Our solution was to create a car that was as beautiful as it was powerful. The designers had no problem crafting a two-door that looked like it was from the year 2525, but when it came time to find an engine, the Dodge team ran into a little problem. They wanted to fit the Charger Concept with the same mighty 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 that was beating the competition at NASCAR and the NHRA Super Stock classes into submission at the time. Unfortunately, all available HEMI engines were slated for the racing programs to support the factory teams. Therefore, getting your hands on one of these during the first few months of 1964 was like trying to ask Fort Knox if you could borrow a few bars of gold for a little while.
With all of the Dodge race teams putting their 426 beasts through their paces on the weekend, no one wanted to turn loose of a spare engine just for some show queen. That meant that the team responsible for building the 64 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept was left without a Hemi. With some quick thinking and a little auto-show magic, the decision was made to fit the concept with a 383 four- barrel from a donor vehicle. Power was cut from over 500 horsepower to a shave over 300, but that wasnt something the public had to know. We kept the hood closed for the duration of the auto show circuit.
Eventually, the Dodge Hemi Charger Concept was fully restored, and the artists behind the job were able to find a date coded period correct 426 Hemi V8 to nestle under the hood of the machine. The engine is one of 15 original race units, which is a special piece of history all by itself. With a completely refinished interior and exterior, the car is more perfect now than it ever was. Now Dodge fans from around the world will get a shot at parking this iconic 1960s factory show car in their garage.
This 1964 Charger Concept show car will go under the gavel at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on January 21. If you plan on bidding, you better bring a wheelbarrow full of cash, though. The last time this car sold, it went for a cool $1.1 million.
For more information on RM Auctions and to see other cool Dodge vehicles going across the block, go to www.rmauctions.com