I don’t know a whole lot about classic muscle cars, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I love Mopars. ‘Cudas, Chargers, Road Runners, just to name a few. And today, I have a trio of Challengers for the occasion.
I’ll start with the “then”. The first is an Auto World 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in an eye-popping Plum Crazy. This is my favorite Auto World 1/64 thus far, and the color itself basically secured the title. This Challenger is part of the AW Licensed series, which comes with an acrylic display box for the extra dollar. Great details all around and top-notch quality, even if the wheels may be undersized.
Next is Auto World’s 1973 Dodge Challenger Rallye from the Premium series. This one also comes in metallic gold with black roof, but I have the red and white version here. When you compare this with the R/T above, you’ll notice that they are two different castings. The front and rear fascias are completely different. This makes both Challengers worth getting, and it’s always nice to have a little variety in the collection. If I ever find the gold one again, I’d love to pick that one up as well, as I find that color to be more appealing now. Grass is always greener on the other side.
And for the “now”, I have Greenlight’s modern Challenger R/T from the GL Muscle series. I absolutely love this one and it’s my favorite GL in my collection. Everything works so well together here. The color, the R/T striping, and those retro wheels.
If I have one gripe about GL’s Challenger casting, it’s that this thing is massive. I know modern Challengers are huge cars, but I’m not sure they’re supposed to be this big. For comparison:
From these photos, you can also clearly see the differences between the classic R/T and Rallye editions. As much criticism as the modern Challenger receives for its ungainly performance, I love that Dodge remained faithful to the original design.