Molto Bella Mopar
Who: Lorenzo Zanichelli
Where: Reggio Emilia, Italy
What: ’69 Dodge Charger
Thank the appeal of The Dukes of Hazzard for Lorenzo’s dream of owning a Charger, especially one with a four-speed.
After an online search, he found this 383/four-speed example in Pennsylvania in 2009, and shipped it home to Italy. A one-time General Lee clone, the seller had repainted it in its build-sheet color scheme when he discovered it was a numbers-matching car.
Lorenzo added a rare set of Vector wheels, plus he’s replaced the Holley 750 atop the 383 with a Demon, and replaced the headers that were on with stock exhaust manifolds. The alternator and engine-bay wiring harness needed replacing, and a complete chassis renovation—with new torsion bars, rear leaf springs, shocks and polyurethane bushings, plus a new power steering pump and steering gear—is in the works.
He adds that the greatest thing of it all, even more than the car itself, is that he’s made a lot of friends and got to know a lot of people that he’d only thought existed in the movies!
B5 The 3rd
Who: James Ballard Jr.
Where: Clinton Township, Michigan
What: ’72 Plymouth Road Runner GTX
This is the third B5 Blue ’72 Road Runner that James has owned, and this one’s a real prize—an original 440-powered Road Runner GTX.
The original owner turned it into an ISCA show car almost from day one, which accounts for its low mileage and total lack of rust. James restored it back to stock, replacing ISCA bling with a lot of Mopar originality, all while keeping the original Holley on top of the 440 Magnum, the 18-spline “Hemi” four-speed gearbox and the 354-geared Dana 60 in back. The tti headers-and-exhaust system is one of the few items on it that keeps it from being 100-percent original.
How low is the mileage on it? On the way home from taking this picture, the odometer turned 25,000 miles!
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