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AutoBlog: Mr. Norms unveils 426 Hemi Challenger and Hemi Cuda Convertibles

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We can't help but think what could have been with the Dodge Challenger. Had Chrysler developed the car before rising gas prices and the economic downturn, we might have seen all sorts of variants. Perhaps a top-of-the-line model with a 426ci Hemi V8 could have challenged the Shelby GT500 as the king of the road. Those in warmer climates surely would have loved a droptop version, and since we're day dreaming, we could even imagine a Hemi Cuda version if Plymouth was still around.

Enter Norm Kraus. The legendary owner of Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago known as "Mr. Norm" has filled in the gaps by Chrysler and unveiled a 426 Hemi Challenger and Cuda Convertible this past weekend at the Chryslers at Carlisle event in Carlisle, PA. Mr. Norm's Garage, now based in Hudson, FL, will be producing a limited run of these convertibles.

Like their coupe siblings unveiled at SEMA show last year, the droptop Challenger and Cuda share styling cues from E-Body ancestors from the early 1970s. The Cuda version is modified with a new grille inspired by the 1971 model year, a shaker hood system, Hemi billboard graphics, straightened rear quarter panels, and '71 Hemi Cuda taillight assemblies. The interior gets custom leather and suede seating, a pistol grip shifter, and custom mats.

Backing up the look is a 426ci Hemi V8 underneath the hood complete with a forged rotating assembly and a Kenne Bell supercharger that produces 725 horsepower. To compensate for the extra thrust, Mr. Norm has fitted each car with a Viper-spec Dana 44 differential, a fortified driveshaft, frame connectors, and a fully adjustable coilover suspension system.

We don't have any live photos quite yet, but you can read all about them in the press release after the jump.



[source: Mr. Norm's Garage]

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And I missed Carlisle and the chance to see this awesome machine in person. :(

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I would love to check these out.

The 'Cuda needs to lose the billboard though...

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I would love to check these out.

The 'Cuda needs to lose the billboard though...

I thought the tail lights looked stranger than the billboards...both cues look a little forced on the new Challenger body.

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Not forced, but the decal could have been designed better and the tail light section should be a bit larger.

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Not forced, but the decal could have been designed better and the tail light section should be a bit larger.

Tail lights larger and set at an angle (like original)...the flat across the back look is what seems to bug me about it.

On a side note, I used to watch Nash Bridges on TV just to see the 'Cuda!

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Sweet. Now make a turbo V6 coupe version of the 'Cuda in black sans the retarded decal and the Ram's head logo and tell me where I can sign.

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Sweet. Now make a turbo V6 coupe version of the 'Cuda in black sans the retarded decal and the Ram's head logo and tell me where I can sign.

Please no.

First a 4 door Charger to drive away "Charger enthusiasts" in droves, and now you want a "turbo V6 Coupe" version of a 'Cuda?!?!

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Please no.

First a 4 door Charger to drive away people in droves, and now you want a "turbo V6 Coupe" version?!?!

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey, that's what I would want. It doesn't mean you have to like it too. In fact, I'm actually glad you don't like the idea. At least I know I'm unique in my tastes and they aren't the same as everyone else.

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I always liked the 'Cuda, but even on the originals the billboards look terrible.

Give me the narrow side stripe with the engine displacement at the tail (or no stripe at all).

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