Dodge Challenger "Woodie Wagon" Looks Like a Hemi Surfer

The Dodge Challenger is the kind of car that doesn't take life too seriously. Gas bills, practicality, or what other people think of it are not among its priorities. About half a century ago, that might have been the way people describe a hippie surfer's car.
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Dodge Challenger "Woodie Wagon" Looks Like a Hemi SurferDodge Challenger "Woodie Wagon" Looks Like a Hemi SurferDodge Challenger "Woodie Wagon" Looks Like a Hemi SurferDodge Challenger "Woodie Wagon" Looks Like a Hemi SurferDodge Challenger "Woodie Wagon" Looks Like a Hemi Surfer
The stereotype has been largely forgotten. Surfing is now something for people with million-dollar homes, while the young enjoy much more affordable hobbies like Fortnite and being offended. But we've always had a thing for hippie cars.

Probably the most popular car with surf wave riders is the VW bus, followed by the Beetle. But wagons for surfers were also a thing. In fact, the 1957 Ford Country Squire was aimed... squarely at the surfing community.

The County Squire had wood panels all over, but you can't think of woodie wagons without a Dodge popping up in your head - B1B, the Power Wagon, and especially the Coronet.

That Coronet woody wagon will take many of our older readers back to a more carefree time, before cellphones. And we've got just the thing for a double-dose of nostalgia.

We've been following the work of Instagram rendering aficionado adry53customs for about a year, but we never got round to sharing one of his most famous projects, the Challenger Woodie Wagon.

It looks like something Chip Foose would design, riding on massive wheels, with a modified body and a surfing rack. While nobody is going to make a wagon out of the Challenger, we can at least share the Charger-Magnum conversion that's going on right now.

In the early woodies from Dodge and other brands, the wood played a real role in the car, forming functional parts of the doors and trunk. They were also seen as high-end vehicles, as the panels were tricky to fabricate. But it later evolved into a purely esthetic thing, and by the 80s was always made out of vinyl or plastic.

As far as the powertrain in this rendering is concerned, it's pretty difficult to determine. But both the SRT8 badge and the Shaker Hood kit suggest we're dealing with the 485 horsepower 392. Hemi.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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