You look in the rear-view mirror. What is that? A Charger? With a push bar? In black and white? Sweat beading on your brow, you glance down at your speedometer. Numbers; so many numbers! You can’t hit the brakes, they’ll see that. You downshift as coyly as you can. The Charger is gaining ground, and any moment now those lights could flash. It pulls up beside you, and…
The driver give a little smile, a little nod, and keeps on cruisin’. You’ve just been passed by a Dodge Chargum. A rarity in the vehicular world, so rare that none ever came off the assembly line. This is not parts-matching, my friends.
When the Dodge Magnum was released, it looked surprised to see us. Wide-eyed and eager, the first-gen Magnum tried a little too hard. Realizing their mistake, they gave it a facelift. Rather than eager, the Magnum now looked bored.
So, what’s the answer? The second-hand market have figured it out. When the Big Three make vehicles, they try to get their money’s worth out of their engineering team. Often, cars that leave the factory under different model names, and even brand names, share the same platform. Those of you out there with VW Golfs can be comforted by the fact your cars are about 90% Audi A3. The same is true over at Dodge, where the Magnum and the Charger share much of their under-body They are so similar, in fact, that you can switch out a Magnum front clip with a Charger’s, and the most modification that is required is a little welding of the fenders so the door lines line up.
It’s the look that Dodge should have gave the wagon in the first place. It’s aggressive, stout, and mean. Those of us who are suckers for wagons (guilty) would be proud to own one. If you’re good with a welder, though, it’s entirely possible. In the Beatnik Brotherhood’s version, we’d give a nod to the state troopers, and give it a black-and-white two-tone, with some ghost flames running down the side. There’s really no need to start with an SRT-8, any magnificent V-8 in the Dodge line would do. Add a push bar, the SRT-8 Charger hood, drop it down on some white-walls, and add side pipes.
Looks like a copper in the rear-view, looks like a kool kat passing you.