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You Ol’ Ghost: 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost Pays Tribute


The sixth of seven Last Call editions designed by speed enthusiasts at Dodge has been unveiled, posing as a reference to a muscle car that haunted Woodward Avenue in the 1970s. And, yes, it even has a vinyl roof – in somehow.

Check out the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, a special edition offering a modern take on the original car that roamed Detroit nearly 50 years ago. This machine was a black 1970 Dodge Challenger RT SE owned by Godfrey Qualls and gained a legendary reputation for flexing its 426 HEMI muscle on Woodward, then mysteriously driving away into the night, often not to be seen again for months. . This, naturally, led to the nickname “Black Ghost”. Not merely a local legend, Qualls’ vehicle earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Vehicles two years ago and remains in the Qualls family to this day.

For ’23, Dodge built this tribute using a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody as its base, upping the horsepower to 807 horsepower and adding a few styling add-ons reminiscent of the original car. A unique roof graphic is meant to evoke the old-school “alligator skin” vinyl roof that was a staple of this ’70s model, along with white graphics on the rear fenders and illuminated DODGE lettering on the nose . This author isn’t sure what he thinks of the latter, although he generally likes the detail (see: the old Ford Flex), although it could be due to nearly 15 years of seeing this fascia without such adornment.

Other trimmings on this special edition include the typical special badging armadillo inside and out, a smattering of Alcantara around the interior and bonnet pins that grow out of the bonnet like dandelions. In keeping with the Black Ghost theme, its signature Brembo brake calipers are drenched in ink and the 20-inch satin carbon Warp Speed ​​wheels would be impossible to find in a dark room.

Like other Last Call cars, the Black Ghost Tribute is limited to 300 copies and its attribution will be listed on Dodge’s website. Another last call is scheduled for the SEMA Show in November; we hope someone inserted a Hellephant crate motor into the LX chassis.

[Images: Dodge]

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