Just about every car guy loves a good Dodge, Chrysler or Plymouth, but classic Chargers, Challengers and the hallowed ‘Cuda will run you an arm and a leg. Even new monsters like the Scat Pack cars and the Hellcats are not obtainable on the average joe’s salary. And don’t even get me started on the Viper. There are however some answers for Mopar fans on a budget.
Dodge Neon SRT-4
Say what you will about the Neon, but this one came with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, and will only run you between 6,000 – $10,000.
2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
Sure, the Daytona package was really only good for some matte-black paint and funky colors. But you still got a HEMI and nothing screams MOPAR like ‘plum-crazy’ purple paint. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding one for less than $15,000.
2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8
The 6.1L HEMI might seem a little outdated compared to the mighty 6.4L., but it still makes a proper 425 horsepower and you can pick one up for under $30,000 if you shop around.
2011 Dodge Charger SRT8 Superbee
Now if you do want a 6.4 L HEMI for under $30,000, look no further than the Charger Superbee. You loose a few options compared to the standard SRT8, but you gain bright yellow paint and gnarly Superbee logos.
1972 Dodge Demon 340
It might not have a roaring 440cui engine, but the Demon is a proper Mopar muscle car, and the best one in the country will run $30,000.
1973 Dodge Charger
While nowhere near as popular as the 1968 – 1970 body style, the ’73 was the last proper Charger, has NASCAR pedigree and still had an engine bay big enough for any big block engine. $25,00 gets you a solid one.
1973 Plymouth ‘Cuda
Does it look as good as it’s 1970 or 1971 big brother? No. But it is close enough, and worth only a fraction of the price (as I write this I’m staring at one on eBay with a “buy it now” of $25,000).