I fixed the Charger for 2013!
I want to introduce to you a quintet of automobiles that may go under the heading of guilty pleasures. All five cars described here are based on the 2012 Charger. Things to look for that remain unchanged from the original 2012 design; wheel wells, rockers, roofs forward of the quarter windows, front windshield, trunk/quarter/rear bumper relationship; all these areas are completely untouched, original 2012 Charger.
I, as the designer, was real pleased when these designs came to be. Following the late ‘60s, early ‘70s B-Body formula of one car wearing many different “skins”, I created three new designs and then for fun created alter egos for two of them.
Check the Charger Quintet gallery in my garage. there was not enough space to describe them so that is done here.
1.The proper Charger design. This is simple enough. I took the 2012 Charger design exactly as it exists and made a two door hardtop out of it. (For those playing at home, this is my third Charger 2dr/HT design, not counting Road Runners) From there, I removed the ’78 AMC Matador-ish nose and replaced it with a 2012 Challenger nose, modified to resemble that of the ’70 Charger. This will require a new forward half of the fenders. While we’re at it, add a Charger specific hood too. The next thing I did was chop about four inches off the bottom of the rear windshield and let it swing back in creating the sail panels in the rear portion of the roof. The remaining 70% or so of the 2012 design is untouched. Lastly, I gave it a paint job that reminds you of another famous Charger.
2.The proper Daytona design. Since the Charger design went so well, I ventured into Daytona territory. While a few design houses have been forcing Daytona and Super Bird styling on the wrong cars, I did it just like Mother Mopar did back in ’69-’70… almost. In the spirit of simplicity, I ignored the pop-up headlights and parked them behind tinted plexiglass. The nose would be made from the same stuff as any other nose so it could take a light hit and not break the bank. I did make the grille opening a bit more engine-cooling friendly. And just like the original, the wing is adjustable. Then I covered it in Fearsome Gothic Purple. Look close and you can see the black wing/wrap stripe in the quarters.
3.New (proper) Road Runner design. OK, those were fun and worked out great so I went for the Road Runner. Here is where you can see the design following the old B-Body formula. It too is a ‘12 Charger, turned 2dr/ht just like the ones described above, only it wears new skin. It is so similar in fact, that one could interchange the rear cap and trunk lid as well as the entire front clip and doors, from car to car with the only exception being the body detail along the sides. Everything under the outer visuals is the same. The rear cap and deck lid are four inches longer because it just did not look like the ’69 Road Runner it was inspired by until I did it. The rear portion of the roof is a little different too. The stock ’12 Charger rear glass is stood up about two inches to give it that quirky Road Runner roofline we all know and love.
4.Super Bird design (proper). The original Daytona was a ’69-only car, based on the Charger and rushed out the door. The original Super Bird was a ’70-only car that “perfected” the Daytona’s shortcomings except on the Road Runner. I wanted to do a ’70-ish Charger and a ’69-ish Road Runner but that meant the winged cars would be inspired by their opposite year originals. Turns out, that was not a terrible idea (so long as I admit it). This Super Bird (accelerati incredibilus) also sports the headlights parked behind tinted plexiglass which hides nicely in the “bandit mask” paint scheme. The nose is made from the same stuff as the Daytona with slight differences. Then I painted it Orange Sherbet Pearl with a black top to pay homage to the vinyl tops (which I would never do to a car) of the original cars. Both Winged cars should be Hemi-only equipped, in my opinion.
5.Coronet Super Bee This has been fun and I almost wrapped up this exercise when I remembered the Coronet. The ’69 looked too similar to the Road Runner so plans were almost scrapped for a second time when I found a ’70 someone stuck in the wrong place in an image search. That’s the car I was looking for. To make the Coronet version of the 2012 Charger, we start with the Road Runner version and mod from there. You can see the RR spec roofline but this will wear its own outer skin too and the flexible nose is long enough to take the hit without incorporating a “bumper” into the design. Paint is in red and white Super Bee.