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Old 07-12-2011, 08:42 PM
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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.
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I actually bought a challenger just to have it converted. Went to visited drop top conversion. First off let me say I love the look of the convertible especially in person. But I felt for me the price of conversion was too steep and because of the design of the car, the wind blasted you at slow speeds when driving. Also one of the members here had one that was converted and said he had many quality issues.In the end I chose not to do it but someday maybe ill buy a used one someone else took the depreciation on.
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"because of the design of the car, the wind blasted you at slow speeds when driving. "

That's ridiculous. How can there be wind issues at slow speeds unless you're in a tornado? I have no interior wind issues whatsoever, even at high speeds, as the Challenger windshield is inherently tall; as compared to the Mustang and others - and I'm 6'4"!

There will be some quality concerns with any radical custom; heck, the new Camaro convertible is outsourced to a German company and there have already been some quality complaints. As with any convertible, as long as the car is structurally solid, it is worth the investment. The small stuff can be easily worked out.

If your serious about buying a good used one:

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I will be buying a leftover SRT 392 for my next conversion, but this one is aweseome; especially for the condition, price and very low mileage.

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Sorry I had a ridiculous opinion when test driving the car. I will try better next time to descibe the wind buffeting against your ears so you can't hear the guy next to you very well.
It seems maybe you are taking this a bit personal since you are trying to sell one. I experienced "wind buffering" at speeds about 40. Maybe it was a windy day it was a while ago.
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Optiview -

I've never experienced what you described with my car with the top down. There is some minor wind noise with Drop-Top's custom quarter windows with the top up, but it is not distracting. I've driven more expensive "factory" German and English convertibles where the interior noise is much worse.

My decision to sell this car has nothing to do with any of your speculative design flaws. I'm actually purchasing an SRT 392 to start the process all over again. I've owned over a dozen, and have driven many convertibles in my life and accept an elevated level of wind-noise as part of the experience. When I want quiet-perfection, I drive my 2011 Lexus SUV.

So no need to apologize. I'd probably come up with any disparaging remark not to shell-out the additional $18 k if I were you too!

Anyone interested in this car is welcomed to take it for a test-drive. I assure you that we will have a very pleasant conversation at any speed - top up OR top down.
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