Georg keeps a registry of large barges over in Europe – and has sent me several sunroof cars over the last several years. Thanks again Georg! Here are a few 1973 sunroof Imperials that he has sent my direction.
This 1973 sunroof Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus is going up for sale just as soon as the museum releases the car back to the owner. Gorgeous GK6 Autumn Bronze with the Parchment color interior. The owner decided to forgo the full vinyl top and go with the cleaner look of a painted top. This car is loaded up with options, including power brakes, center console, extra chrome trim, and of course the sunroof. Follow the Facebook link and send Javier a message if you are interested.
Mopar fan Seth is always on the lookout for cool and interesting cars. He has so kindly passed along some of his sunroof Mopar finds over the years to the Mopar Sunroof Registry. This one in particular caught my eye because it is a loaded (or was loaded, haha) Executive Lease or Public Relations car, with its fender tags intact. That’s right, fender tags plural – that’s how loaded this car was.
This car was outfitted with the trusty 318 cubic inch engine, torqueflite automatic transmission, and decked out in B5 Blue, a white canopy vinyl top, white side stripes, and a black bucket seat interior from the factory. Before the vultures hit, it was loaded up with Power disc brakes, Center console, Heavy duty 65 amp alternator, Chrome driver’s remote mirror, A/C, Inside hood release, Rocker and wheel well bright mouldings, Cruise control, AM/FM radio, and of course, the manual sunroof. No doubt a stunner in its day, it now sits in a Missouri junkyard waiting for someone to realize its potential. Not for the faint of heart, this one will likely need a complete donor car to replace the rotted sheet metal, and a lot of the parts and pieces that have been plucked from this once cool car.
If you think you have the moxie and the mettle to bring this one back from the dead – it is for sale for $1500. The junkyard owners are happy to sell classics out of the yard if your interested in a restoration. The business name is Clay & Sons, and the address is 674 Wideman Road, Catiwissa MO. Phone numbers are – (636)-257-4669 or (314)-954-0815.
Georg from Germany sent me these photos. They were taken by Guy Linden out of Luxembourg back in 1999. This 1973 4-door sunroof Imperial was Burnished Red Metallic (GE7) with a White vinyl top and White interior. With it being around 26 years old in 1999, it looks like it has been taken care of pretty well, and should still be around today. Anyone spot this classic lately?
The latest 1972 Challenger addition to the Sunroof Registry hails from sunny southern California. The current owner, Jaime, acquired this beast around a year ago from a good friend of his, who had owned it for the previous 6 years. During that time, Jaime’s friend did a nut and bolt restoration on this car, and gave it a serious boost in horsepower. Originally a 318-2 barrel car, it now has a Hemi sitting between its fenders. Besides the engine upgrade and a black vinyl top, instead of the original white vinyl top, the remainder of the restoration put the car back close to its original appearance. The car has a great factory color combo, and some nice factory options too. The Hemi orange paint looks great along with the black interior.
Jaime doesn’t keep this car to himself. In the short time he has owned it, he has exercised it a bit and has been to several shows. He won 1st place in the muscle car class at the Marina Del Rey Killer Shrimp Killer Rides show, and took it out to the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion last September. Congratulations Jaime on your killer ride, and I hope that you continue to exercise and share your ride with others in the coming years.
Patrick H. Smith from PHS Collector Car World brought this car to my attention a few years back. He was doing an article on Lost Star Cars from the 60’s and 70’s and knew I had a penchant for sunroof cars. Patrick has got a lot of great car articles on his Blog which can be found at: http://phscollectorcarworld.blogspot.com/search?view=magazine If you’re looking for this particular article, just throw satan or sunroof in the search box.
Once I previewed the movie on YouTube, I was curious if I already had this car in the Sunroof Registry. I knew I had a light blue car in there, but I was wondering if it was a match. Here is my analysis on this particular movie car. The letters and numbers in parenthesis are the order codes for that particular option:
At 4:18 we have a light colored Charger with a white halo top (V1W) driving through the gate. I spot sill mouldings and dual exhaust. The dual exhaust limits the engine choices to the 340, 400-4bbl, and the 440. In this body style, the 340 and 440 would have been coupled with the Rallye package which has large side stripes. So the likely engine in this car is the 400-4bbl (E68). Later on you can tell the body paint is light blue (HB1).
At 4:27 we can see the medium blue (B5) bucket seat interior, and can kinda make out the upper door panel pattern. With help from seeing the full door panels at 8:59, we likely have the (H6B5) interior in this car.
At 4:38 you spot the fender mounted turn signal and an emblem on the left front of the hood. The fender mounted turn signals were only available in the light package (A01).
At 4:43 and 5:01, the driver turns the steering wheel, and you can tell its got the thicker spokes – so its not the padded 74 wheel and not the 73 coupe steering wheel.
At 4:46 you briefly spot the chrome vent outboard of the Charger emblem in the dash bezel, and the passenger side chrome racing mirror.
At 5:04 the camera pans back across the upper dash and you glimpse the two inner chrome vents in the dash bezel. So this car has A/C (H51).
From 5:22 to 5:39 you get to see a prolonged view of the driver’s side as the car pulls to the curb. You spot the sunroof (M52), road wheels (W23), drip rail mouldings (M21), sill mouldings (M25), wheel well trim (M26), upper door and quarter window trim (M31), Antenna – which means a radio of some type (Rxx), and the driver’s side chrome racing mirror. So with the passenger side mirror to match – that’s (G37). You also see the Charger emblem on the front edge of the door.
At 8:59 you get a decent shot of the driver’s side inner door panel – and what do I see – a bank of power window switches (P31). PWs were not available on the coupe.
So it looks like we have an HB1 Light Blue 1973 Charger Hardtop (WH23) with the 400-4, automatic transmission, and outfitted with the V1W Halo vinyl top, B5 Blue bucket interior, and a good array of options.
This was not a match to the light blue car I already had, so it is now a new addition!
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This is the third of the three significant sunroof cars from the Wellborn Collection that sold this January at the Mecum Kissimmee auction in Florida. This un-restored survivor 1971 Plymouth GTX has quite a history. It was originally ordered up as a sales bank car, with just about every option you could possible check off. When it was all said and done, this car stickered at a whopping $6592.75. For reference, a stock GTX stickered for $3,707. It was built and sent to a dealership in late 1970, and remained unsold for over a year. Enter the original owner:
Larry was a highly decorated serviceman out of Vietnam. When he returned to the States, he purchased a brand new 1970 Road Runner with the base 383 cubic inch engine. But by early 1972, he was on the hunt for a Hemi car. Somehow he found out that this car was still available brand new, and snagged it for a bargain at just over $4,500. He made a few changes to the car and implemented some hot rod tricks, and proceeded to press the pedal to the floor when the occasion warranted. One night, he got it just a little loose, and could not get it shut down before gently bumping into a power pole. This left a nice dent in the passenger side door. Shortly afterward, the car entered hibernation with only 40-some thousand miles on the clock.
Larry passed away several years back, and the car re-entered the Mopar world through his estate. Scott Lindsey acquired the car, and in turn, sold the car to Tim. Tim was able to hunt down a near mint original paint EL5 Butterscotch passenger door from a well known Canadian collector to replace the dented one. Since then, the car has been a staple at the Wellborn Museum in Alabama until running across the auction block in early January. After all the bids were in, this one hammered away to a new owner at $340K.
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This is the second of three significant sunroof cars from the Wellborn Collection that sold this January at the Mecum Kissimmee auction in Florida. Tim likes his cars loaded – and this one does not disappoint! As the article title states, this is the highest optioned and most expensive Charger R/T known to exist. Tim acquired this beauty around 2005, and it has been a staple at the Wellborn Museum ever since. Notable previous owners include Steven Segal and NFL great Kevin Greene. This car is outfitted with some pretty rare and expensive options including: The HEMI, Dana 60 rear axle, Power Sunroof, Power Windows, AM/FM with 8-Track, 6-way Driver’s Seat, and Color-keyed Bumpers and Dual Racing Mirrors. Total sticker came to just north of $6,300! It hammered away at Mecum for $290,000. Stat Line: 426 Hemi, Auto, Super Trak Pack Dana 60, EV2 Hemi Orange, with White interior and top, and Black stripe.
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This is one of three significant sunroof cars from the Wellborn collecion that sold this January at the Mecum Kissimmee auction in Florida. Back in 1985, Randy Hoepker purchased this car as a total rust bucket. But just glancing over this heavily optioned, dealer demonstrator car, he knew it would be well worth the effort to bring it back. Long before reproduction stuff was available, this car was painstakingly rebuilt with NOS and nice used body panels and parts. Randy finished the restoration around 1990, and it had a fresh repaint around 2005. The white hood stripe is a personal choice, as the original V21 hood paint was only available in black from the factory. A few years back, Randy parted with the car, and it went to the Wellborn Museum in Alabama. After a few years in his collection, Tim Wellborn decided to put this one up for auction. It hammered away at $120K. As stated in the title, this is the highest optioned 71 sunroof Challenger known. Major options include: AM/FM Cassette radio, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, A/C, Power Windows, and Challenger Trim Package with Wide Grill Surround. Stat Line: 383-4 barrel, Auto, 8 3/4 with 3.23 Sure Grip, GY3 Citron Yella with White interior, top, and stripes.