Markups and modern muscle cars go together like pb an j.
It has been a while since we played CarBuzz Real Or Fake, so we’ll do a quick refresher before we begin. Basically the idea here is to separate the real from the fake. Three of the four stories here actually happened. One of them is completely made up, or bull crap, if you will. It’s your job to guess what’s what. Today’s game is inspired by the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 seen selling for an outrageous $149,500. Can you spot the other legitimately crazy markups below? As always leave your best guess in the comments and no cheating!
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is certainly pricey with a starting cost of $62,495 (manual). Good luck getting one for that number, though. A markup on a 707-horsepower beast like this is expected, but an asking price of $150,000 is absurd. Of course that didn’t stop one dealership from writing said price on the muscle car’s sticker. If that’s not the definition of a ridiculous muscle car markup then we don’t know what is.
Anniversary editions always cost more than normal models. The added cost is due to exclusive features such as nifty badging and one-off paint. The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Mustang was no exception. Only 1,964 were made to mark the Mustang’s birth year, 1964. The model was a GT and as such featured a 5.0-liter V8. Still, does that mean a dealership was right in offering one for $100,000? Keep in mind this isn’t a GT350 or GT350R. Yeah, this price sounds insane to us. Hopefully no one paid.
The fifth-gen Camaro Z/28 has a lot going for it. There’s an LS7 V8 good for 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. It also looks pretty damn sweet and at around $75,000 it’s a good deal for the money, if you forget the Corvette exists of course. But do all these positives mean one should have been offered for $106,000, or $30,000 over MSRP? Didn’t the dealer know that the sixth-gen model was right around the damn corner?! Wait a minute...oh you sneaky bastard.
Perhaps dealerships knew something we didn’t, otherwise how could you explain this Dodge Viper ACR being sold for $175,000? The Dodge Viper is going the way of the (insert extinct animal here), but that’s a good $50,000 over its MSRP. We hope someone didn’t pay but could you really fault them if they did? It’s such a beautiful machine and one of the last of its kind.
Did you manage to spot the b.s.? If you thought it was the Hellcat, think again. To be fair that price was a joke played by the dealership on annoying customers and it didn’t actually sell for that much. Still, do you think a sales person would have turned away someone with $150,000? Still counts. Asking $30,000 over MSRP for a Z/28 is a crappy move that was pulled by Felix Chevrolet in Los Angeles. So, is the 50th Anniversary Mustang or the Viper ACR the phony? It turns out someone really did want $100,000 for this particular Mustang, albeit over eBay. That means the ACR story is bogus. Did you figure that out? If not, what was your guess? Regardless, thanks for playing CarBuzz Real Or Fake!