10 Classic Mopar Cars You Can Modify Into Monsters – HotCars

Thanks to amazing looks and aftermarket support, these classic Mopars make for the best project cars with endless modding potential.
The term “Mopar” has grown to be synonymous with legendary muscle cars built by the defunct Chrysler Corporation—vehicles from Dodge, Plymouth, Jeep, DeSoto, Imperial, and Ram. Before it became a legendary term for muscle cars, it was only a name for antifreeze.
“Mopar” has been used so often that some mistake them for a car brand with dedicated assembly lines. The closest we have to that is Mopar Custom Shops that tweak cars on customers’ requests before they are delivered. There are about 13 such shops.
The automobile industry has grown. Car manufacturers can now juice out more horsepower from engines that once offered half as much as they do now. Even auto shops and mechanics are not left out as more Mopars are being customized to satisfy their power cravings. Check out the following classic Mopars that can be modified into true monsters to give you that oomph you thirst for.
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The birth of the Dodge Viper reignited faith in Chrysler after the failure of the TC—a car jointly developed by Chrysler and Maserati. The model Is the very first of the SR II, the second generation of Vipers.
According to factory readings, this beauty came out of the box armed with an 8.0-liter 450 hp V10 engine that could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 s. You can juice more horsepower out of the V10; the GT2 and ACR versions are proof of this.
The 1971 model year saw the Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda get many trims off compared to other model years; it also had a few peculiarities. With the 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda, you got a V8 engine that could go as high as 425 hp. Its numbers on the track are pretty impressive as well; it runs from rest to 60 mph under 5.5 seconds, and its top speed is 150 mph.
The ‘Cuda has an exciting but intimidating look that gives you the impression that a predator is breathing down your neck. The grille, fender gills, and quad-headlights provide that effect. Plymouth built one of the most memorable Mopar cars in the Hemi ‘Cuda. The only downside to your plan of turning this car into some monster is that it’s now a collector’s item, so getting one will take something extra special.
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This is the performance-based variant of the 1970 model year Challenger. It is the slightly larger cousin of the Plymouth Barracuda; you could mistake the Challenger for the Barracuda if you pay attention to the quad-headlights alone.
The Challenger R/T packed a 6.3-liter V8 engine rated at 335 hp. For the Hemi option, it delivered as high as 425 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. It achieved the 60 mph mark faster than the Hemi ‘Cuda at 4.7 seconds, but its top speed falls short at 146 mph. The Challenger R/T became a cult car after starring in the movie Vanishing Point.
The Super Bee is the less expensive “copy” of the Coronet. The Bee got its name from Chrysler’s mid-size B-body framework. Affordable muscle cars often miss, but not this muscle car. It was intended to compete with the Roadrunner.
There were three engine types; the 6.3-liter Magnum, 7.0-liter Hemi, and 7.2-liter Six-Pack. The max power output was 335 hp, 425 hp, and 390 hp, respectively. The Dodge Super Bee was the muscle car to buy if you were tight on a budget, but sales fell by about 60% the following year because of higher insurance rates.
The Plymouth Fury GT has to go down in history as one of the most special muscle cars. Its design was a merger of sleek and sturdy—elegance and pure refined power. On sighting a Fury GT, you wouldn’t guess it offered as much as 425 hp. This 7.2-liter V8 beauty knew how to kiss the finish line in record time. Even if it had to get dirty.
This 7.2-liter, 350-hp piece could achieve a spread of 60 mph in 7.1 seconds from rest and had a top speed of 119 mph. The Fury GT may not boast as much power as those listed before it, regardless a 350 hp engine is not something you could easily overlook.
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The Plymouth Road Runner had a run from 1968 to 1980. It was built to cater to the original needs for which muscle cars came about, i.e., affordable fast cars. While the GTX cared for the upper economy class, the Road Runner satisfied the cravings of the lower economy class that wanted a fast car. The fact that it wasn't a luxury vehicle contributed to its demise/erasure from the memory of gearheads.
The 1970 model year brought a whole new look to the Road Runner at its front and rear. Its 440 engine produced 390 hp alongside 490 lb-ft of torque. It could achieve a top speed of 150 mph, while it went from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.
The Daytona is one of the three Dodge vehicles with the name Charger. It was named after the NASCAR racing center in Florida, Daytona. The two-door coupe with the B-body chassis had the 7.0-liter Hemi V8 or the 7.2-liter Magnum V8 option, each offering 390 and 425 hp, respectively.
The Daytona came and conquered. It was created for the sole purpose of winning NASCAR races, and it did. Winning six races within its first year of production, it became the first car in NASCAR history to hit the 200 mph mark. Daytona was a car of architectural oddities, but it more than made well for it with its performance.
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It must have been a hard time for the GTX, having been manufactured in the same era as both the ‘Cuda and the Roadrunner. It’s no less a road monster because of its tag, “the gentleman’s muscle car.” To further cement the tag, the GTX was designed with some of the bespoke patterns its cousins could only dream of. Corporate met the streets with this vehicle.
It had options of either the 7.0 or 7.2-liter engines with a max output of 425 hp, and either engine option came with a three-speed automatic or a four-speed manual.
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The Dodge Dart was a force to reckon with; it was the car that cemented Mopar’s arrival in the big league of muscle cars. You could go for either the 3-speed manual or 3-speed Torqueflite automatic.
With 425 hp output, the Max Wedge went head-to-head with some of the industry’s best muscle cars and held its own. It was an absolute game-changer.
Chrysler 300s were created as luxurious high-performance cars with a base power output of 300 hp. It featured a 5.4-liter Hemi V8 engine nicknamed “Firepower.” The C300 was indeed a big deal then, as it was the first American production vehicle with this much power. For this, it is regarded as one of the forebears of muscle cars.
This rear-wheel-drive offered a 3-speed automatic gear system; it races from rest to 60 mph in 10.6 seconds and has a max speed of 128 mph. Much more can be gotten from this pioneer.
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