It was crowned the "Ultimate Best in Show" at the Barrett-Jackson Cup.
This year's annual Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction was eventful, to say the least. The first 2021 Ram 1500 TRX to roll off the production line raised over $400,000 for charity, while the first-ever 2022 Hummer EV pickup sold for a staggering $2.5 million. After a five-year hiatus, the 2021 Scottsdale auction also saw the return of the Barrett Jackson Cup. Sponsored by eBay Motors, the Barrett Jackson Cup is a competition for custom car builders, with the winner awarded a $10,000 cash prize.
This year, 50 entries were narrowed down to five finalists chosen by Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis and automotive representatives: a 1932 Ford Tudor, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air Wagon, 1970 Dodge Challenger, and 1972 Ford F-100 pickup.
After 25,000 votes from fans, the custom 1970 Dodge Challenger was crowned the winner for the "Ultimate Best in Show" trophy. What makes this custom Dodge Challenger so special? Under the hood is a 9.4-liter big-block Hemi engine with a supercharger producing 2,000 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels through a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. To help the driver cope with all that extra muscle, upgraded Baer brakes provide improved stopping power.
Built by Rides by Kam based in Queensland, Australia, and owned by Robert Zahabi, the custom muscle car is built on a custom Roadster Shop chassis. Other upgrades include fully independent rear suspension and a stunning custom steel body finished in PPG Slanted Brown paint
It also rides on custom 20x8-inch wheels at the front and 20x15-inch wheels at the rear and features a custom Billet machined grille, headlights, and taillights. This is one of the coolest Dodge Challenger restomods we've seen, blending the iconic muscle car's classic styling with modern mechanics and a substantial performance upgrade.
"This year's Barrett-Jackson Cup Competition was a testament to the level of talent of today's custom coachbuilders," said Barrett Jackson Scottsdale, Steve Davis. "Over the past few years since we first hosted the Barrett-Jackson Cup, we've seen a tremendous surge of talent and vision take life in these custom builds. I am so honored to be a part of giving these Cup entrants the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to our winner, finalists and all of our entrants."