If you drove up and down Woodward Avenue in Detroit at night often enough in the 1970s, there’s little chance you’ll come across “The Black Ghost,” and if you do, your chances are even lower. outrun him. To be clear, he said that Ghost wasn’t a ghost from another world — I’m referring to the unbeatable 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE street racer driven by Godfrey “GQ” Qualls, when he wasn’t working his day job as a Detroit police officer. Qualls’ ghost didn’t hit the bar until after dark, very rarely, but nonetheless it has established itself as a legend in the local scene.
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The Black Ghost was in fact such a legend that Dodge considered naming its latest special 2023 Last Call after a bit, emulating the original “Gator-Grain” vinyl roof style, black paint, and white tail bar on this new limited production. Challenger. Oh, and to make sure buyers can go with any competitors just as the original did, the automaker also stuffed 807 horsepower under the hood.
Consider the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost being the two-door counterpart that was revealed last week, 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytonawhich offered just as much power, was also limited to just 300 models, which similarly honored a 1970s racing icon.
Other modifications that set the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody apart from your stock ’23 Chally include hood pins, chrome wheels, a fuel cap and a host of badges inside and out; An African flag decal like the one worn by the original Black Ghost is not included behind its front wheels.
The Challenger Black Ghost is the latest special for 2023 that Dodge plans to reveal until the SEMA Show in early November, when it takes the covers off the “last of its kind” show.
Five other cars preceded him, including the aforementioned King Daytona. Challenger ShkidonAnd the Super B chargerAnd the Scat Pack Swinger. These last bezels are basically appearance package cars limited to 1,000 units each, but we have a hunch that the Number Seven will boast some real mechanical improvements and a much more limited production run.
Besides the seven specials, we’ll note that up until model year 2023 Challengers and Chargers will get a special “Last Call” plate under the hood, with that being the end of the nameplates and all.