A North Carolina Dodge dealership has finally made able convertible Challenger.
For whatever reason, Fiat Chrysler has never seen the need to take the roof of their best-selling muscle car, the Dodge Challenger. Both the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang have a convertible option, but the Challenger remains obstinately hard-topped.
Until now. A North Carolina Dodge dealer has taken the roof off three Challengers and is selling them online, albeit at a pretty steep markup.
The dealer in question is Keffer Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram located in sunny Charlotte, NC. To lop the tops off, Keffer sent three Challengers down to Convertible Builders LLC in High Spring, Florida. There, they spent three months meticulously and carefully removing the roofs and replacing them with downy soft fabric.
The end result is three soft-topped Challengers for your driving pleasure. But the convertible conversion doesn’t come cheap.
First of the three is a grey R/T Scat Pack Widebody. Normally, this 6.4-L HEMI V8-equipped bad boy starts at $45,245, which is a fabulous price for a 485-horsepower vehicle. After the conversion, that price rises to $55,785, or just over $10,000 more.
Next is a red R/T trim convertible. The more entry-level V8 option has a 5.7-L with 375 horsepower and nominally starts at $34,545. After being bestowed with the gift of an endless sky, the R/T jumps to $48,100.
Finally, a white R/T Scat Pack without the widebody would start at $39,245, but converting it to roofless mode hikes the asking price to $59,998. Or at least it would, but we can’t seem to find the listing anymore. It might have already been sold.
Those waiting for Dodge to release an official convertible Challenger that doesn’t cost upwards of $20,000 over the coupe model might be waiting a long time. A redesigned Challenger is on its way early next decade, so it seems highly unlikely that a convertible option will arrive at the eleventh hour.
(via Motor Authority)