1976 Chrysler Cordoba

You can hardly get the name “Chrysler Cordoba” out of your mouth when someone will let loose a snide comment about “rich Corinthian leather” in a Ricardo Montalban accent. Even Mopar guys seem to disavow the Cordoba, and its doppelgänger, the Dodge Charger. Nevertheless, these cars came with the LA-series 318- and 360ci small-blocks as well as the low-deck 400ci big-block. In short, all the good stuff fits, which is a good thing, because you’re pretty much priced out of the market with any of the earlier B-Bodies. No worries though—you’ll be the toast of the town with a one-off B-Body like this! In this rendering, Ben tucked, smoothed, and rechromed the bumpers, shaved the hood emblem and spear, and painted it Porsche Macadamia Metallic with Sandrift Metallic accents and a gold pinstripe. Wheels are 19- and 20-inch Schott G5s with gold pinstripe accents.

“The desirability and price can only go up from here, which means it’s time to buy.”

1976 Dodge Aspen R/T

Don’t laugh—it was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 1976, and the 360ci-equipped R/T was about as quick 0-60 as the L82 Corvette the same year. The Dodge Aspen and its twin, the Plymouth Volare, were known as the F-Body, and replaced the A-body that came before it. To their benefit, they had much improved suspensions, but to their detriment, they share little else with earlier A-Bodies. It probably doesn’t matter though—Mopar guys are notoriously apathetic when it comes to handling. It’s all about the straight-line “go,” and since the Aspens and Volares came with 360ci small-blocks, you can go crazy underhood. Feel free to clobber all the BMW posers you can eat. A set of decent Wilwood brakes, stiffer springs, and bigger rolling stock (18-inch Boss 338s in this case) are complemented by black paint with matte black and bloodred accents. Modified grille trim (deleted Dodge faceplate), a custom ram air hood, heat extractor vents, an R/T-style hood stripe, and blacked-out trim finish out the visual mods.