The last call of the Dodge Challenger Black Ghost epitomizes the legend of Detroit in the seventies

The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the latest special edition “Last Call” – part of a line of gas-powered end-of-the-road chargers and chargers that come before the powerful car went electric – and pays homage to the legendary black mysterious 1970 Challenger. Appropriately nicknamed the “Black Ghost,” the original muscle car would occasionally scour Woodward Street in Detroit fifty years ago or pass an industrial street called Stecker before sneaking away, never to be seen again for months or even years. Apparently, he always wins and never loses, but he never hangs out to grab a burger and socialize. Can you imagine that day? A mysterious muscle car with no social media presence or car appearances?

The chances of seeing a modern Black Ghost Challenger are almost as slim as seeing the original in the 1970s: Only 300 will be produced as a Black Ghost Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody (hit with 807 hp) covered in black.

It turns out that the original Black Ghost was a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T with a proprietary SE package for a gearhead called Godfrey Qualls. Interestingly, “GQ” was actually a Detroit cop, and there may be a conflict of interest that may help explain the secretive nature of the Black Ghost’s appearance and disappearance. In fact, he was a motorcycle cop, and the Black Ghost had a hitch dragging GQ motorcycles to the racetracks. He was also a veteran of the army.

According to an in-depth study immigrant Writing, GQ’s 1970 Challenger might be one of a kind, given its 426 Hemi V-8 torque with 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft ($778.75); four-speed manual ($194.85); AM/FM stereo ($213.60); Vinyl Ceiling “Gator Grain” ($24.60); and bucket seats in canvas and vinyl instead of leather (- $48.25). The whole thing came to $5,272.40. The shaker lid, which was meant to be installed, was never fitted. The Black Ghost recently became the 28th vehicle to be entered on the National Historic Vehicle Registry.

Besides an aftermarket coil, 11-inch patches, and forgoing mufflers, Qualls didn’t do much for the Black Ghost in terms of mods, according to Hemmings. Qualls put more than 45,000 miles on the odometer, and apparently didn’t need the clutch.

As showcased by the exterior cues, the new Black Ghost is a modernized version of the black “crocodile” vinyl graphics, Challenger text badges ( grille, fender and wing), and white rear fender graphics. . The black exterior is offset by the chrome Dodge badge at the front and chrome fuel filler door. (You could tell Quall was a cop because he chose a closed gas cap.) Black six-piston Brembo brakes help hold up the Satin Carbon Warp Speed ​​20×11 wheels.

Inside, the Last Call Black Ghost Challenger features legitimate carbon fiber tires, dynamic suede headliner, Alcantara steering wheel with red SRT logo, and Black Ghost interior instrument panel badge. As a side note, this badge flashes the Fratzog logo. While the original model was not, the new Black Ghost has leather, as shown by the Alcantara/Laguna leather seats and door armrests.

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