This is literally the 'Last Call' for these ICE-powered Dodge muscle cars.
Last week, Dodge announced a very literal last call for ordering its V8 muscle cars, the Challenger and Charger. Each will die in 2023, set to be replaced by an electrified version shown off in the form of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept. Now, Dodge dealers are already taking down orders for Dodge's Last Call on the soon-to-be-extinct gas-powered muscle cars.
If any of these cars will be worth six figures on popular internet auctions a decade from now, these final model year Last Call models will be good candidates. Each comes with what we like to call a "resale plaque," indicating that the car is a final model year car. The unique scripts will read "Last Call, Designed in Auburn Hills, MI, Built in Brampton, Ontario."
Jerry Romano is the dealer principal for Windward Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Kaneohe, Hawaii. He told The Detroit News that as of Friday, he's already got more than 10 customers waiting on these final-year cars. That is, per Romano, nearly 10% of his yearly sales volume for the muscle cars already. He's said that the dealership will move about 120 Charger and Challenger units annually. Around 5% of those 120 units are Hellcats, like the ones pictured above and below. Apparently, there's also an overwhelming feeling of remorse for the death of the V8-powered models.
"I've heard more from customers about old vehicles going away," Romano said about the excitement levels of old models versus new releases like the Dodge Hornet and EV Charger concept. "As far as the new vehicles, I think it's more of a stunned reaction. People are having a hard time wrapping their head around an electric Charger or Challenger."
"I've been with Dodge for 31 years. It's a scary thought not to have a Hemi, but knowing the change in the industry and knowing what it is going to be in 10 years, they are making the right move," Romano continued. He even when to so far as to say that Dodge would be a leader in new electrified muscle cars. As of now, Dodge is leading. Ford does not yet have a counter EV ready, and we have our doubts about the Camaro's future as it is, let alone the future of an electric Camaro.
For now, Dodge is cashing in on the last of the V8s. Six exciting new cars will be revealed throughout the year, which Dodge has said will pay homage to past Charger and Challenger models. Also on offer will be the convertible Challenger above.
The first run of cars starts in October, and Dodge will be publishing the allocation details on its website. You'll be able to see where each top-selling dealer's inventory stands and how many units of the Challenger and Charger said dealer has left unsold. From there, it's a race to secure your Charger or Challenger's future collector value - just keep those miles low.