The term “restomod” gets thrown around pretty frequently, but what does it actually mean? Delving in to the two words that created it, “restoration” and “modification,” one might surmise that a restomod is a restored vehicle with a few performance enhancements. Of course, there are varying degrees to those enhancements, but some restomods like Manuel Hernandez’s 1973 Dodge Charger take it to the absolute max.
Classic Industries was quick to pop the hood and get a better look at this Mopar concoction when Manual brought it by their Huntington Beach, CA facility. While the modern 392 Hemi may not have been a surprise, a closer look surely led to a few raised eyebrows.
“He tells us that its underlying chassis and powertrain were transplanted from a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT, with the Charger body carefully fused onto these elements. This explains the 20-inch SRT wheels, disc brakes, dual exhaust, and front air dam — all items that belonged to the donor Challenger,” Classic explains.
Even the interior, sourced from a Chrysler 300, is pure modern Mopar. “All the electronics work seamlessly, including the instrument cluster, stereo, push-button ignition, electric seats, and even the parking sensors,” says Classic. Clearly, Manual’s efforts created a one-of-a-kind Charger with the visual appeal of a vintage B-body and all the amenities of a late-model muscle car. If that isn’t a restomod in the purest sense of the word, then we don’t know what is.