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Reverse Restomod: 2010 Dodge Challenger Converted To A 1971 Plymouth GTX

Dodge makes arguably the coolest retro-modern muscle car of all time, the Challenger. However, Mopar fans are still in love with the icons from 50+ years ago, and it’s not unusual to mix and match.

That’s how this 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T ended up looking like a 1971 Plymouth GTX.

You’ve heard of a restomod, right? It’s the process of adding modern technology to the best-looking muscle cars and classics from the past. Well, this is a reverse restomod, where the classic styling is put on top of a modern car.

The 2010 Challenger R/T was customized by Steve Mirabelli of Hendrick Motorsports, who documented the whole process on YouTube. Basically, the fabricator added the steel body panels of a 1971 Plymouth GTX to the modern Dodge, which is way more complicated than it sounds.

Unfortunately, the front end also seems a little off, as the Plymouth GTX nose doesn’t curve down like that. This may be the result of matching a design from over 50 years ago to a modern car that has to meet modern safety standards.

The rear end of the Challenger also got converted to a GTX look with the addition of a spoiler and bespoke taillights sitting lower than on Dodge’s modern muscle car. To bright everything together, the builder chose to paint his new sheet metal in Tangelo Orange of House of Kolor and fitted staggered 20-inch five-spoke Coys wheels.

Powertrain-wise, this 2010 R/T model comes with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and a 5-speed automatic.

While the car is undoubtedly unique, it’s worth pointing out that the donor Dodge vehicle hit in 2011, struck a deer in 2013, and was a “Total Loss” in 2017 after sustaining another crash and some fire damage.


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