Barris-customized Dodge Challenger with vertical doors is out of this world
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George Barris is world famous for developing the 1966 Batmobile, but his imagination didn't stop there. He continued to customize his cars well into his 80s, and one of his first Dodge Challenger-based builds is for sale at Cars & Bids.
Originally a 2008 SRT8 model, this Challenger was nicknamed the "Red Demon" by Barris and his partner Steve Sanderson. It has a custom paint job that supposedly changes color depending on the light, its round headlights are obscured by rectangular covers, and it comes with a giant hood scoop, but those modifications are just the tip of the iceberg. To enter, one of the doors must be swung up, not outward like a stock Challenger.
There's more: Red Demon rides on 18-inch front and 20-inch wheels, has an adjustable air suspension system developed by Air Ride Technologies, and its aftermarket sound system is far more powerful than the factory unit. Barris and Sanderson also added leather pads to the dashboard before putting their signature on it.
It doesn't sound like the duo made any major mechanical modifications to the Red Demon. Power comes from a 6.1-liter Hemi V8 engine tuned to send 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. While these numbers are a little on the low side when compared to Dodge's recent Hellcat-powered Hot Rods, keep in mind that the current generation Challenger was new in 2008 and the SRT8 was the hottest model available (see the video below for the official reveal).
Barris bespoke cars aren't often put up for sale, and this Challenger is even more appealing because it looks like it had a relatively simple life. His Missouri odometer reads about 4,100 miles - which averages about 315 miles a year since it was reissued - and its Carfax history report is accident free.
At the time of writing, there are four days left in the Cars & Bids auction with bid levels at $ 22,500. If you want the full collection, you'll need to locate the second car (named Vanishing Point), which was sold by Barrett-Jackson in 2010.
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