Mecum Auctions hosts the some of the world’s largest collector car auctions and its Kissimmee sale is one the highlight of its year. The annual auction sees thousands of lots go under the gavel, with many asking six-figures and some of the most desirable listings selling for well over $1 million. It’s pretty hard for a car to stand out among the hoards of rare and valuable vehicles at Kissimmee, but this 1971 Dodge Challenger restomod will certainly have no trouble catching the eye of potential buyers before it’s auctioned off next month.
This insane build was done up by by Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design in Simi Valley, California and was featured in the June 2013 issue of Hot Rod magazine. The centerpiece is the Keith Black 572 cu. in. (9.3-liter) HEMI V8 engine, which is producing a meaty 650 horsepower. Some of the garnish on the engine includes a stand-alone EFI system, a forged crankshaft, forged pistons, a hydraulic roller cam, long-tube headers and Dual Magnaflow mufflers. The gearbox is a Tremec five-speed manual unit that sends drive to an 8.75-inch rear end with 3.91:1-gears.
The engine might be the true conversation piece of this restomod, however it’s the interior that really won our hearts. Custom diamond-stitched brown leather adorns the seats and central tunnel and is joined by a black dash and black German weave carpet. The steering wheel was plucked from a 1970s Ferrari, while the shift knob is from Hurst. Other appointments include Auto Meter gauges, aluminum scuff plate pedals and a brown leather shift boot.
The exterior is finished in a unique Dupont Butterscotch Yellow shade, which is joined by contrasting matte black trim on the front and rear fascias and a matte black rear spoiler. There’s also 3-piece 18-inch Kineses wheels which house power disc brakes at all four corners. The near-perfect stance comes via XV Motorsports Level II suspension.
Mecum estimates this 1971 Challenger restomod will sell for as much as $210,000 when it crosses the auction block next month. Click here for additional information and photos.