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The first generation Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic and revered muscle cars ever built, and this one has been improved. This 1967 example is one of those where the restomod process has been utilised to full effect.

Photo: Mecum Auctions

Photo: Mecum Auctions

It's been given the once over by Johnson's Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, Alabama and as a result it features , much beefier components than it would have come with back in 1967. As well as a modified body, chassis and suspension, it's got a 528 ci HEMI V8 with aluminium heads, a Cross Ram intake with dual Edelbrock 650 cfm carburettors, a forged crank and billet steel rods. That's good for 651hp and 618lb-ft of torque! This monster of an engine is connected to a Bowler 4L80E automatic transmission.

Photo: Mecum Auctions

Photo: Mecum Auctions

The suspension has been uprated to Magnum components (including Magnum 4-link suspension at the rear) with Ride Tech coilovers on all 4 corners of the car so it'll definitely handle much better than a stock Charger of the era, plus it's got some seriously big Viper disc brakes (14 inches to be precise) so it'll stop better, too. A car with such big brakes needs some big shoes to accommodate them and as a result this Charger has 18-inch wheels at the front with 19-inch rims at the rear.

Photo: Mecum Auctions

Photo: Mecum Auctions

Does it sound good? With a Magnaflow exhaust system that includes a long tube header, an x-pipe and Magnaflow mufflers, a thundering soundtrack is guaranteed. A big, old-fashioned V8 combined with a proper performance exhaust system is always a joy to behold sonically.

Photo: Mecum Auctions

Photo: Mecum Auctions

The sleekness and modernisations carry on on the inside of the car, where the interior has been completely overhauled. It has modern seats that look a lot more comfortable and supportive than the originals, as well as an updated steering wheel. Just like the exterior, the interior has a sleek black look to it that also manages to keep the aggression and power of the exterior going through. There's barely any buttons or dials on the dash at all – this is a stripped down, driver focused machine.

Photo: Mecum Auctions

Photo: Mecum Auctions

The best thing about this Charger though is that you could get the chance to own it! It's going up for sale through Mecum Auctions in Glendale, Arizona. There doesn't seem to be any valuation for it, but stock first generation Chargers can go for as much as $100k these days. With that in mind, I wouldn't be surprised if this amazing restomod goes for a bit more than that...

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