ClassicsCheck Out The 1972 Dodge Charger Being Restored By Petty's Garage
This Carbon-Body, Demon-Powered 1970 Dodge Charger Terrorizes Tires
Jay Leno drives the Speedkore Evolution, a 3200-pound car with 966 rear-wheel horsepower. On a wet road, it requires some care. The Speedkore Evolution, a carbon-bodied 1970 Dodge Charger with a modified Demon engine, was one of the coolest things to come from SEMA last year. Jay Leno got a chance to drive it with Speedkore's vice president, Dave Salvaggio, and it's exactly as over-the-top as you expect a 3200-pound car with 966 rear-wheel horsepower and a six-speed manual to be.
This 1972 Dodge Charger is currently being restored by Petty's Garage having been identified as a legitimate Petty NASCAR
Thisis no replica. It’s not a museum imitation or charity duplication, either. This is the real deal, originally built at Petty Enterprises to be run in NASCAR’s top series by Buddy Baker. The best bit? After years in the wilderness, the Charger is currently undergoing a sympathetic restoration by .
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This 1970 Dodge Daytona has undergone some insane surgery to make it the best of the best The Daytona has one of the weirdest stories from the car industry to date. Back in 1968 Ford was dominating NASCAR and Dodge was pretty fed up. The Charger simply couldn’t keep up as a result of poor aerodynamics that gave it abysmal stability at high speed, quite an issue considering speed was the premise of the sport. Dodge decided to give their motorsport division carte blanche with the sole purpose of winning NASCAR.
We aren’t sure how long the restoration has to go before completion, but if you fancy acquiring a legitimate slice of NASCAR history then you’ll need to register your interest sharpish. Once the final coat of polish is applied,won’t hang around for long regardless of price tag.
Back when Gilbert O’Sullivan stalked the charts and a gallon of gas cost 55 cents, Buddy Baker raced for Petty Enterprises as Richard’s teammate. It wasn’t uncommon for cars to be repurposed and converted year upon year before manufacturers saw the full capitalism potential with new models, with the ’72 Charger changed over to the ‘43’ for Richard to campaign throughout the ’73 season.
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It is reported that over 320 Dodge Challengers were destroyed for The Dukes of Hazzard TV show. However, one clearly escaped. This is the last R/T 'General Lee' known to exist. Bo and Luke Duke's General Lee remains the most iconic small-screen car ever. It’s right up there on culture's pedestal with KITT from Knight Rider or Bandit’s Pontiac Trans Am. The Dukes of Hazzard featured many daring stunts via its starring Dodge Charger, with 320 reportedly employed throughout the show's 147-episode run. Most Chargers met their maker after each filming session, leaving 'real' General Lee specimens as something of an urban legend.
Once the car had finished its life cycle with the team, it was sold and passed down through the lower-tier racing series by various different drivers. After a decade on track, the Dodge was converted into a Richard Petty ‘tribute’ vehicle out in California. It’s here that the vehicle practically disappeared from public view – until a researcher found the car online.
Having detailed the Charger’s history, the NASCAR racer was brought to Petty’s Garage in Level Cross for authentication. Petty, Dae Inman, and Richie Barsz thoroughly examined the Dodge and determined that it was the real deal. A genuine race car from the old Petty Enterprises days. However, the Dodge was in dire need of TLC.
With the car’s identity confirmed, Petty’s Garage was given the green light to move forward with a full restoration of the car, under the watchful eye of Richard and Dale themselves. Progress since then has been swift, with a complete strip-down rebuild of the drivetrain and running gear almost finished.
From the pictures, we can see that period-correct livery has successfully been applied to the sandblasted bodywork. Presented as the ultimate NASCAR history lesson, you can follow the Dodge Charger’s restoration.
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