Chrysler Centura Goes From Boring to Utterly Fast with Six-Cylinder Hemi

Chrysler Centura dragster 1 photo
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Most of you might not have heard of the Chrysler Centura, but you shouldn’t be ashamed. It’s far from being a mainstream American. The Centura was a short-lived four-door sedan that was build by Chrysler Australia between 1975 and 1978.
Based on the European Chrysler 180, the Centura was available with rear-wheel drive and three engine options, the largest being a 4.0-liter Hemi straight-six. It experienced several quality issues and word has it the Australians never really missed it once production ceased. As with most unpopular vehicles that went on to become cheap on the used car market, some Centuras were eventually transformed into drag strip racers.

Andrew Sanders did the same thing with his Centura, fitting the sedan with a 265 cubic inch (4.3-liter) six-cylinder Hemi mill that delivers more than 1,000 horsepower. This translates into 7-second quarter mile runs, which makes this Centura one of the coolest Chrysler projects we’ve seen so far. Don’t let the lack of V8 bother you, just watch the video below and you’ll understand why.

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