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The Original Scat Pack Auto Show Debut

Old-school enthusiasts first fell in love with the original and iconic Dodge Scat Pack vehicles at auto shows across the country during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Today, a new generation of car lovers is being initiated to the reborn Dodge Scat Pack at events such as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich., open to the public January 18 – 26.

The Dodge brand display at Detroit’s COBO Center will host a special 2014 Dodge Challenger — a member of the revived “hive,” which also includes a 2014 Dodge Charger and 2014 Dodge Dart, all modified with new Scat Package Performance Upgrade kits that will soon be available for Dodge owners who want to flex a little muscle. The COBO venue is fitting: It was at just such events as the 1968 Detroit Auto Show at COBO that the famed inaugural Dodge Scat Pack vehicles — the Dodge Charger R/T, Dodge Coronet R/T, Dodge Dart GTS and Super Bee — first wowed crowds.

Those original Dodge Scat Pack vehicles traveled the circuit from 1968 to 1971, hitting auto shows not only in Detroit but also other major cities, like Chicago, New York and L.A., as well as many state fairs. Collectors would likely give their right arms for one stunning vehicle that traveled the circuit: a 1968 Coronet R/T convertible, yellow with a blacked-out hood — the original Super Bee car.

“The crowds were so excited,” recalled Andy Agosta, a retired Dodge marketing executive who worked for the brand during the Dodge Scat Pack’s birth. “We displayed Scat Pack vehicles in all the hot colors — HEMI® Orange, Top Banana, Go Mango and Plum Crazy. All the cars had the Bumble Bee stripes. The displays were a big hit and played an important role in the popularity and reputation of the Dodge Scat Pack program.”

Another highlight of early Dodge Scat Pack auto show displays was the presence of the Dodge Safety Sheriff, Joe Higgins, who advised Dodge owners in TV and print ads, “Ya’ll drive careful now, hear?”

“We featured the safety sheriff at the 1969 Chicago Auto Show, with cutouts of his face that fans could wear,” remembered Agosta. “Joe signed so many autographs his hand went numb.”

Dodge spokesmodels also traveled the auto show circuit, answering questions about the Dodge Scat Pack vehicles while garbed in the latest fashions — adorned prominently with the Dodge Scat Pack logo, of course. Marketing materials such as “Run with the Dodge Scat Pack” bumper stickers were produced, rapidly becoming mementos much sought after by clamoring show attendees.

One exceedingly rare marketing knickknack was the Dodge Scat Pack Mini-Tickler, a unique piece of costume jewelry that was produced in numbers of fewer than 1,000 and distributed to Dodge spokesmodels and female members of the Dodge Scat Pack club (“For all the scat kittens who swing with the Scat Packers …” began the oh-so-1960s marketing copy).  An original piece was recently valued at $800.

The modern-day Dodge Scat Pack is getting much the same treatment as its acclaimed predecessors. Dodge spokesmodels, outfitted in retro attire — emblazoned with the Scat Pack logo, and specially reproduced versions of the Mini-Tickler — will be a fixture at auto shows throughout 2014, providing information about the new Dodge Scat Package vehicles and performance upgrade kits on display.

The reincarnated Dodge Scat Pack vehicles and display will be coming soon to an auto show near you — ready to quicken the pulse of fans of the original lineup and to fuel the passion of a new generation of enthusiasts.

For more information on the Dodge Scat Pack, visit http://www.scatpackforums.com.

As read on: http://blog.dodge.com/features/original-scat-pack-auto-show-debut/

Mopar ’14 Challenger: Shaking with power and style

On the streets in the early 1970s, street racers knew to keep an eye out for cars with “shaker” hoods – air scoops mounted on top of the engine that poked up through the hood. It was a sign that serious horsepower lurked inside.

Car fans will want to start watching for the “shaker” hood again next summer, this time on the limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger – the latest special-edition car from the parts, accessories and customer care experts at Mopar.

But it may be rare that you spot the Mopar ’14 — only 100 copies will be built. Ordering begins next March 2014 and deliveries will start that summer.

The Mopar ’14 marks the first time a Mopar special edition will be offered in white. Or, keeping with the tradition established by the Mopar ’10 Challenger R/T, Mopar ’11 Charger R/T, Mopar ’12 300 and Mopar ’13 Dart, the Mopar ’14 can be ordered in black. Either color is accented with Mopar Blue stripes. Standard is a “shaker” stripe that runs down the center of the hood, roof and trunk lid. Buyers can also choose a heritage A-line stripe that wraps up and over the trunk lid and includes the Mopar logo in the rear quarters, or a rocker panel triple stripe that includes Mopar on the doors. Completing the look are 20-inch aluminum wheels, painted gloss black.

The “shaker” hood scoop sits atop a HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 and funnels air down to a Mopar cold-air intake system. In that setup the Mopar ’14 delivers 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can unleash more power from the Mopar ’14 via the addition of any of the three Dodge Scat Pack kits for the Challenger.

Inside, the Mopar ’14 is finished in black with accent stitching in Mopar Blue. The leather-covered, large side bolster front seats include the Mopar logo embroidered on the seat backs. Each car gets a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, numbered plaque on the dash, Mopar branded key fobs and a unique and personalized owner’s kit.

Moreover, each Mopar ’14 can be personalized at the factory with the Mopar Custom Shops program, as well as Mopar accessories added at the dealership. The list of modifications includes:

  • Short-throw shifter.
  • Performance suspension
  • Cat-back exhaust system
  • Lowering springs
  • Hood pin kit

Given Mopar’s vast lineup of accessories, it’s quite possible that each Mopar ’14 built will be a one-of-a-kind car.

How would you order your Mopar ’14 – in black or white?