By Patrick Rall
The world famous Barrett Jackson Auto Auction arrives in Nevada late next week for their 2013 Reno Tahoe event and among the field of hundreds of vehicles are Dodge products for all high performance Mopar lovers – whether you are looking for a modern V10 powered supercar or a classic muscle car with a big block V8. Four particular Mopars in the Barrett Jackson Reno Tahoe vehicle list caught my eye: a 1964 Dodge 440 Custom 2-door hardtop, a 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T, a 1996 Dodge Viper RT-10 Roadster and a 2005 Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible.
The 1964 Dodge 440 Custom 2-door hardtop (shown above) is one of the cars that helped to make the Mopar name so prevalent in the world of drag racing. The 426 cubic inch wedge (not Hemi) packed serious power with the help of the unique cross ram intake manifold and with these cars being little more than street-legal race cars – the 440 Custom was and still is a monster in the stock and super stock racing categories.
The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T may not have gotten the same amount of attention as the Charger or Challenger but the Coronet R/T was every bit as powerful as the rest of the high performance R/T lineup of the late 1960s. This particular Coronet R/T (check it out in the gallery below) is powered by the 440 cubic inch big block V8 and it is certified to be just one (#3 – to be exact) of 26 cars of this type build.
When the Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster was introduced, one of the most striking appearance package options was bright red with bright yellow trim on the wheels and badging while also being one of the hardest to find packages. This Viper has just over 12,000 miles on the odometer so for a vehicle that is 17 years old – it has hardly been driven.
The 2005 Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible was one of the final Dodge-branded Vipers leading up to the awesome new SRT Viper. The 500 horsepower, 8.3L V10 that powers this Viper has been upgraded with a Corsa Gen 2 Catback Performance exhaust system and a K&N dual snorkel intake system to improve both the power and sound while a door sill entry kit, an SRT interior trim package and some sporty carbon fiber pieces here and there emphasize the race-readiness of this topless Mopar supercar.
Of course, in addition to these four stunning examples of Dodge high performance are plenty of other Chrysler Corporation vehicles as well as a long list of incredible cars from automakers other than Ma Mopar. I have had the pleasure of attending a few of these big named auto auctions and they are truly like rolling car shows combined with a narrated history lesson. Best of all, if you cannot make it to the event in Nevada, you can watch the vast majority of the event live on television. The broadcast kicks off on Thursday August 8th at 3pm (PDT – check local listings for times in your area) on the SPEED channel with five full hours of auction coverage. SPEED will broadcast 5 more hours on Friday starting at 3pm as well as 6 hours on Saturday with the broadcasts running from 11 am to 2pm and then 5pm to 8pm. Also, Fuel TV will run live coverage of the Reno Tahoe event from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday so with some simple planning – fans can catch pretty much every second of Saturday’s auction action.