Catch Mopar fever with these five finds $30K and under
There are a lot of great brands and models that fall under the Mopar umbrella. There are trucks, SUVs, sports cars, and of course, muscle cars.
We took a quick look around Hagerty’s Marketplace to find some interesting rides that we’d consider adding to our stable. Here are five, each from a different Mopar brand, that we spotted.
Be careful, though—once you have one Mopar, you’re surely gonna want to add another to the stable. That’s just the way it is.
We could hardly think of a better vehicle for a family road trip than this gigantic, big-block-powered Newport. The mellow, metallic green is practically the official color of late-’60s and early-’70s cruisers from the Big Three and it looks fantastic with the gray Torq Thrust–style wheels.
Inside, the ’66 Chrysler’s fan-shaped gauge cluster is a sculpture and its twin bench seats and column shift allow for plenty of room for everyone. This car was originally powered by a two-barrel version of Mopar’s 383 big-block V-8, but it has been treated to a new intake manifold and carb for better breathing. The engine wears them proudly.
The CJ-5 was the shorter-wheelbase predecessor to the CJ-7, the 4×4 that evolved into the Wrangler. Although it has some modifications and upgrades, this resto-modded CJ still keeps things simple with its carbureted AMC 304 engine and three-speed manual transmission. Its 29-inch tires aren’t very tall compared to those on a lot of modern Jeeps, but this ’74 is also a bit more compact and would make for a fun, maneuverable runabout and trail rider.
We can practically hear the little V-8 rumbling through its headers already.
1993 Dodge Dakota
This truck hauls more than just groceries. If you’ve been waiting to dip your toes into drag racing, perhaps this turn-key NHRA Stock Eliminator Dakota is your ticket into the sport.
Its 318 small-block uses a dual-plane intake and looks rather traditional, but there appears to be a set of fuel rails that give the drag racer multi-port fuel injection. Its best elapsed time is a respectable 12.47 seconds with a trap speed of 105 mph, suggesting that the Dodge launches very hard and makes good use of its available power.
It doesn’t get much better than a Mopar muscle car in a High Impact color.
These fuselage-body Road Runners bridged the end of the muscle car era and by 1972 were no longer available with 426 Hemi power. Instead, they brought 340, 400, and 440 V-8s to the table, each with a four-barrel carb.
This Limelight Roadrunner is not wearing its original color, but it does come with a correct, numbers-matching 340 small-block V-8 that makes it lighter up front, a setup that’s perfect if you’re after a more nimble ride and a pro-touring build is your goal. Of course, the 340 has lots of performance heritage and potential as well.
AMC was purchased by the Chrysler Corporation in 1987, so this is a retroactive Mopar.
AMCs tend to be accepted as part of the Mopar fold, however, so you would probably be welcomed with open arms at most shows. Maybe they’re included because both AMC and Chrysler had 360 V-8s, or maybe it’s because AMC was also willing to give its muscle cars wild paint colors.
This piece of AMC pony car history doesn’t have a monster engine or flashy graphics, but it does appear to be well-preserved as it still has its original engine and upholstery. The early Javelin has elegant, sporty lines that embody American style and this beautiful machine would likely be the only one of its kind at just about any car show you’d take it.
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