1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi re-creation

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The 1970 Dodge Challenger is a re-creation of the rare 426 Hemi coupe, and formerly owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper
The 1970 Dodge Challenger is a re-creation of the rare 426 Hemi coupe, and formerly owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper

Ordinarily, I might pass up this cool-looking Hemi Challenger because it’s not a true factory R/T muscle car but a re-creation. This one, though, has great celebrity provenance as the personal car of shock rock’s greatest anti-hero, Alice Cooper.

Suitably painted Sublime Green, the Pick of the Day has been restored as a 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi R/T S/E coupe, powered by what the Scottsdale, Arizona, dealer describes as a “real date-coded, vintage, dual-quad street 426 Hemi.”

The Hemi Challenger is set off by a factory Go wing and custom wheels
The Hemi Challenger is set off by a factory Go-Wing and custom wheels

Alice Cooper, a resident of nearby Paradise Valley, is known as a fan of vintage muscle cars, and he has been seen haunting Scottsdale’s Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions in the past.

This Challenger, as well as being transformed into a desirable performance machine, has been signed in several places by the rock star. It “also features custom No More Mr. Nice Guy body tags,” the dealer says in the listing on ClassicCars.com.

“There isn’t a place you’ll take this car that it won’t bring comments and a crowd,” the seller says.

For the uninitiated, Alice Cooper (aka Vincent Furnier) and his band burst onto the rock scene in the early 1970s with a bizarre stage show that featured the ghoulish “Alice” along with such horror-movie props as electric chairs and guillotines spattered in fake blood. The band’s breakout hit was the 1971 teen anthem “I’m Eighteen” followed a year later by the now-classic “School’s Out.”

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Alice Cooper in his ghoulish glory
Alice Cooper in his ghoulish glory

In Arizona, Alice Cooper’s life is hardly the stuff of nightmares. He now is known as a celebrity golfer, restaurant owner, TV pitchman and popular all-around personality, frequently making appearances for charitable causes. He lives in a palatial home with his wife, and the couple has three grown offspring.

The Challenger has been beautifully done as an accurate re-creation of the 426 Hemi R/T S/E, the dealer says, with factory Go-Wing, Bumble Bee stripe, rebuilt 727 automatic with factory slapstick shifter, factory power windows, power steering, power front disc brakes, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, overhead console, vinyl roof, small rear-window option, Rally instrument cluster with 150 mph speedometer and 8,000 rpm tach, completely painted undercarriage and all-new suspension components with poly bushings.

“This car was done right and runs amazing,” the dealer says.

The Challenger looks sharp in the many photos included with the listing, and it would be hard to tell apart from the genuine item without checking the VIN codes. But the big difference is the price.

One of the rare real factory Challenger 426 Hemi R/T coupes, of which there were just over 300 produced, would cost you nearly $250,000 in excellent condition, according to the Hagerty price guide. This re-creation, even with the Alice Cooper ownership, is priced at a more-affordable $64,990. Because like Alice, it’s all just make believe.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.