2009 represents a year of financial turmoil that spread across the globe. Chrysler, not unlike many other organizations was not
immune to the chaos and soon joined GM as both giants were ushered by our Congress into bankruptcy.
With a change of leadership and
forced intervention by the US Government, Chrysler reorganized and quickly moved out of bankruptcy. Those faithfully following the
recently reintroduced Challenger saw rumors of introducing a 2009 convertible crushed and the masses watched intently for signs of
Dodge pulling out of further production and ending what will likely be this generation’s last great pony car war. Instead, America
and the rest of the world got a glimpse of better times and witnessed the resurrection of a Mopar icon!!
Special ordered from the Brampton
factory by Chrysler of Cortland, N.Y, Drop Top Revenge represents 1 of only 450, Deep Water Blue Pearl, 2009 Challengers built with
a 6 speed manual Tremac transmission. The basic design that comprised the early Project N96 concept actually occurred months before
the order was placed.
Using scrap paper during hospital visits and later, the time associated with the many sleepless nights that followed
a life threatening motorcycle accident; from the Shaker Hood and the custom graphics, to the Hurst Shifter the intent up to this point
was to bring back the Classic look of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, with an eye for new and modern electronic technology.
As a S.E.M.A.
attendee for numerous years, the research associated with building Project N96 brought forth a certain show stopping car that won
the Chrysler Design Excellence award and had become the talk of the 2008 show. It was a Snake Green Creation that the Chrysler Corporation
commissioned to be built by a company called Coach Builders Limited (now called Drop Top Customs) A company who has the reputation
of being the oldest convertible conversion company that specializes in OEM look, fit, and finish.
What happened to this award winning
show machine? After S.E.M.A. this car was quietly scrapped by the Chrysler Corporation!
And so the final piece of the build fell in
place…to cut a perfectly good roof from the car…and re-create the legendary look of the Dodge Challenger Convertible! The factory
order was changed….the car was re-routed to Gainesville Florida instead of to his hometown dealership in Cortland. Having flown down
to Gainesville to witness the first “cut”, here this build took its second and final turn! Hidden in the corner of the shop, under
cover and away from prying eyes…the wheels! The wheels that were from the Original Drop Top Convertible of the 2008 S.E.M.A. show
car. They sat on a pallet. You see, Chrysler did not own the wheels…so they were saved from the crusher!
It was decided then, between
the owner and the builder, that this was to be more than a convertible, this would become a tribute to a car whose life ended just
as it had begun to live.
The Foose Challenger Classic “shoes” and the addition of Snake Skin Green highlights as well as the custom
Katzskin Leather Seats are a tribute to the “Big Brother” of this little Hemi that there is nothing little about.
The addition of Green
Halo effect lighting creates an effect that catches onlookers by surprise. As though it stirs from within. As though something lives
Perhaps the spirit of Drop Top has been re-awakened.
This vehicle represents all muscle car enthusiasts who are aware of
the story of Drop Top, and it
fills their need for…..REVENGE!