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A Swedish Volvo Salesman Stuffed A Viper V10 Into A 1968 Dodge Charger

We always knew the Swedes were wonderfully nuts.

Sweden, as it turns out, is a country full of gearheads who have a thing for American cars from the 1950s and 60s. Makes complete sense they love muscle cars, too. And during those long Swedish winters, when these car nuts have plenty of time on their hands, something like this is created: a restomod 1968 Dodge Charger powered by a newly twin-turbocharged Viper V10 for a grand total of 1,000 hp. Who’s responsible for such a thing? Meet Johan Eriksson, professional Swedish guy and car nut.

His restomod 1968 Dodge Charger RTR was one of this stars of this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It was so popular, in fact, that Jay Leno had a hard time getting up close to get a good look at it.

Fortunately, Leno is Leno and he happens to have his own TV show and web series dedicated solely to cars. So he invited Eriksson out to LA for a personal tour and test drive. While Mopar enthusiasts will likely not like what they see here, it needs to be pointed out that Eriksson was careful to ensure the Charger couldn’t be recognized for anything other than a Charger. Look, it’s a restomod. Changes are guaranteed in some form. It all matters how they’re carried out. But hey, 'burnout' is still pronounced as 'burnout' in Swedish. That's what matters.

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