2009 Mr. Norm’s HP1 Challenger Convertible

Looking at this car, you’re probably thinking “I didn’t think that Dodge made a Challenger convertible”.  Well, they didn’t.  That didn’t stop us from making them at Mr. Norm’s Garage, though.  How do you get a convertible?

The starting point, not surprisingly, is a car – any Challenger – from the V6 model to the Hemi.  .The Challenger is then sent down to the guys with the can openers at Convertible Builders (formerly Coach Builders-the same guys who were on board to do the factory conversions for Chrysler). They handle about 2/3 of the conversion, and Norm’s Garage completes the job, adding their own interior panels, header panel, Katzkin seat covers floor mats, dash plaque and chassis beefing.  This last item consists of welding 1-inch round tubing from each rocker to the center section which is removable so you can drop the transmission if you’re so inclined.

The stereo has rear speaker and sub woofers built into a pod that’s installed in the ledge under the rear seat. The speakers face forward and are positioned where your calf would be if you were sitting in the rear seat. That way, the bass pulses can massage tired leg muscles or just tickle your leg hairs depending on the volume. Another neat touch is the ’71-style Challenger exhaust tips. Norm’s Garage works with Corsa and TTI for their exhaust systems.

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Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!