Let’s face it, if you own a dodges, odds are you aren’t the average car-buyer simply looking to get from point A to point B. Moreover, if you’re a hard-core Dodge fan, then maybe even the mass-produced versions that roll off the assembly line won’t satiate your appetite. That is where the company comes in with some special edition models that would absolutely sell like hotcakes.
With some unique, one-off elements that made the special-edition models stand out throughout automotive history, here are some of the coolest special-edition cars that Dodge ever made for diehard enthusiasts. These cars, which include not just their standard muscle cars but also their trucks, are the rarest and most collectible ones to ever hit the streets.
10 Ram SRT10 Night Runner
Easily one of the most ludicrous pickup trucks that ever went into production, the Ram SRT10 Night Runner truck housed a Viper engine underneath its massive hood. That being said, how could a V10 engine that belonged in a supercar and churned out 500 horsepower not be insane when combined with a rear-wheel-drive pickup?
The engine was borne out of the collaboration between Lamborghini and Chrysler, and it was mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that reigned in the monstrous V10. This special edition Ram truck fits quite well into the category of crazy vehicles that Dodge produced. There were only 9,500 units of this truck ever made, and fewer than that grace garages today.
9 Dodge Challenger Mopar V10 Drag Pack
Every once in a while, Mopar churns out a limited, special edition of Dodge Challengers. These unique models are hand-built and are crafted specifically for competition in the National Muscle Car Association runs and the National Hot Rod Association competitions.
Outfitted with huge V10s underneath their hoods, these special-edition Dodge Challengers are not street-legal, more often than not. However, they do fulfill the one purpose they are built for, which is to completely devour the tarmac of the drag strip. The latest Drag Pak came with a supercharged 354-cubic-inch, 3rd-Gen, HEMI V8 engine in 2021.
8th 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee Hemi
It was Dodge’s Coronet model lineup that the Super Bee special package was originally made for. However, for the 1971 model year, Dodge chose to move it over to the Charger, as the Coronet line no longer offered a two door body style. This special-edition Charger featured unique paint and decals, special equipment, and a 383 V8. The mighty 426 Hemi with 425 horsepower was optional.
Only 22 Charger Super Bees were ever produced with the 426 Hemi, making them one of the rarest and most collectible Dodge special-edition cars of all time. Furthermore, of those 22, only 13 units had the automatic transmission.
7 1989 Dodge Dakota Shelby
In 1989, Dodge and Shelby American turned to the Dodge Dakota to make something special after they worked on the GLH. Granted, this wasn’t the fastest muscle truck out there, but it remains one of the rarest Dodge trucks since Dodge-Shelby only crafted 1475 models for just that one particular year.
Single-handedly, this remarkable special edition by Dodge and Shelby became responsible for restarting the muscle truck craze in the 1990s. It also became the first V8, RWD vehicle that Carroll Shelby made in almost two decades. Undoubtedly, the Dodge Dakota Shelby is a remarkable special edition truck that is behind the nineties’ muscle truck craze.
6 1998 Dodge Viper GT2 Championship Edition
The Dodge Viper wasn’t just setting the streets ablaze, but the racetrack as well. Thus, when the race-only Viper GTS-R won the FIA GT2 championship in 1997, Dodge chose to celebrate the occasion with this special edition GT2 Championship Edition coupe.
The white finish with the double blue stripes running down the middle of the hood commemorated the colors of the winning team, and its many decals imitated the race-only model that had dominated the racetrack. In fact, it even came with a five-point harness to mimic the feeling of sitting in a powerful race car, and only 100 units of this special edition were ever made.
5 1963 Dodge 330 Ramcharger
The muscle car segment, like any other category of cars, has always seen brands trying to one-up each other. When it comes to muscle cars specifically, manufacturers would fit the largest V8 engine possible into the hood, shave off as much weight as possible, and hope their car was the first past the quarter-mile mark.
Incidentally, the Dodge 330 Ramcharger followed this exact template. For its time, the Dodge 330 Ramcharger was a lightning-quick and mighty monster that was an instant classic the minute it hit the streets. Of course, Dodge making only 162 units of this special edition also lends to its collectible credibility.
4 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 Voodoo Edition
By the end of the first decade of the century, the fate of the Dodge Viper was uncertain, and things did not look good. After all, it was 2010 and Dodge did not have any concrete plans for the next generation to replace the Gen IV models. Furthermore, it was also quite a low production year, with only 500 Vipers having gone off the assembly line.
With that said, Dodge chose to release an even rarer lineup of just 20 Vipers, which they dubbed the Viper Voodoo edition. It was essentially a spitting image of the Viper that sat in Ralph Gilles’ garage, who was the head of Fiat-Chrysler at the time. Black paint, gray stripes with red pinstripes, and a lot of ACR-tech and gear came together to make the very rare, very special Dodge Viper SRT 10 Voodoo Edition.
3 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 440
Launched towards the end of the sixties, the compact Dodge Dart was one of the lightest muscle cars on the streets. This also made it one of the quickest, with 340- or 383 cubic-inch V8 options. However, those figures and credentials alone seemed insufficient for numerous speedsters, owing to which Dodge gave birth to the GTS 440 edition of the Dart.
Dodge developed a handful of these special edition Dodge Dart GTS 440s in collaboration with Hurst Performance. The 440 cubic-inch V8 that they stuffed into this edition took the car forward to several NHRA victories. Clearly, the effort had borne fruit, and the 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 440 became a unique special edition that will forever be emblematic of the need for speed when it comes to muscle car enthusiasts.
2 2017 Dodge SRT Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
Dodge does not find himself lacking when it comes to road course records set by the Viper. That being said, they have just as many reasons to celebrate as they have said records. Dodge commemorated their mastery of the Laguna Seca Raceway with the special edition SRT Viper 1:28 Edition ACR in 2017. As the name suggests, the Viper covered the track in 1 minute 28 seconds back during its development days.
Furthermore, this same car also earned several other titles for itself on racetracks across the country. This special edition 1:28 ACR came with everything that one could get in the ACR Extreme, but with a distinct set of decals and a unique thick red stripe with a smaller black stripe running through it. The seconds of the lap time decided how many models would be made, and all 28 customers who bought the special edition 1:28 Edition ACR of the Dodge Viper had their names painted on the driver’s door to enhance the feeling of the racing theme.
1 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
In February 2005, Dodge announced a new limited-production 2006 Charger. However, the name they decided to give the car stirred fans of the Michigan-based brand’s racing days. The Charger Daytona R/T was announced at the Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona Speed Week.
The 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T had quite a unique front fascia, with its distinct chin spoiler and a blacked-out honeycomb grille that took all the attention to itself. It also sported black Daytona and Hemi decals on the front and both sides, with signature heritage R/T badging and a black spoiler for the trunk lid.
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