A North Carolina dealership is creating something Dodge probably should have done a long time ago, a Dodge Challenger convertible.
Created by Florida-based Convertible Builders, the Dodge Challenger convertibles feature a cloth top. Two units appear on the website, one based on the R/T Scat Pack Widebody Challenger and powered by a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque and the other an R/T powered by a 5.7-litre V8 with 375 horsepower.
This story hits close to home.
Back in 2015 I wrote something on Huffington Post about cars that would make great convertibles. It was supposed to be light and casual, but it ended up kicking the social media hornets nest because of one particular model: the Dodge Challenger convertible.
A few minutes after the article was posted on Facebook someone commented that Dodge already made a convertible Challenger which they didn’t and still haven’t done. Odd given that the Challenger’s main competitors (the Mustang and the Camaro) both offer drop-top versions. Well, the user insisted that Dodge did in fact have a convertible Challenger, and that I was an idiot.
I replied (lesson learned, my friends) that there wasn’t a Challenger convertible and was immediately met with about 14 replies, all saying that I was wrong, there was a convertible, and I knew nothing about cars. I still suspect to this day that the user in question had created a few fake accounts because how could so many people be so delusional? One of these accounts even posted a picture of a one-off Challenger convertible created by some obscure tuning shop in Arizona.
It turned into this big thing where the Huffington Post editor sent me a private message questioning my automotive knowledge. They ended up taking the post down and I had to have a phone conversation with the editor where I encouraged him to go on Dodge’s website and search for a convertible Challenger. My reputation was saved, but I still remember that article vividly.
It’s in French, but you can read it here if you want/can.
In any case, the dealership in question, Keffer Dodge, is selling the convertible Challenger for $48,100 for the 5.7-litre version and $55,785 and $64,000 for the Widebody Challenger convertible. The dealership doesn’t specify what other modifications have been made to offset the loss in structural rigidity caused by removing the roof. As for how they look with the roof up… We will let you decide.