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2009 Dodge Challenger RT 6-Sp
Wow. Haters abound! I have been collecting Mopars for 30 years. My first was a 72 Valiant Scamp when I was 15 that my buddies used to tease me about. I bought a 74 Challenger 360 in response. Now Scamps and 72-74 Challengers are selling for thousands of dollars. Who knew?
If this is your business, you only buy what you are certain will make you a profit. As a hobbiest, you buy what you like. There will always like-minded people when you go to sell.
Everywhere I go; car shows, the gas station, or even parked at the beach - people always comment on how beautiful the car is. Attention was not my intention, I put it together just for fun!
I chose Drop-Top Customs because I wanted to be certain that the car was going to be structually sound. And it is. I understand that there may not be collector value to these cars but that's not why I bought it. This car has plenty of power as the additional weight is nominal. I was fortunate to have chosen the perfect subject for the conversion, done at the best shop for a good price.
I've seen the three convertibles at Garden City Dodge in person. The RT's were great (that's why they sold), but the red SRT with the white top, not so much (though it was priced well even back then). I've since spoken with Jeff (the owner) at Drop-Top about that SRT white vinyl top and its European seam across the roof pillar. He said it was an option and they still offer their original smooth top.
To anyone waiting for a factory convertible, don't hold your breath. It's not happening. This generation definitely not, next generation Challenger? Who knows. I'll be 50 by then. Even the new Camaro convertible is outsourced to a German company. I spoke to an upholstery guy who was already asked to repair one.
There are some nice newer Chally convertibles that have been coming up for sale of late and some are reasonably priced.
For the money I spent, I could have bought a very nice, newer factory Corvette convertible. I say drive what you like - Barbie drives a Corvette.