"Mr. Norm" Kraus
1934 - 2021

“Mr. Norm” Kraus has been a legend to Mopar fans and enthusiasts since the 1960’s. Sadly, he passed away on Feb. 26, 2021 at the age of 87. To me, he was a great friend, someone that I had tremendous respect for and someone who was a huge influence in my passion for muscle cars.

I grew up in the Chicago area and got my driver’s license on my 16th birthday in 1967. Back then, one of my favorite things was going to his Grand Spaulding Dodge Dealership. While most dealerships turned kids away, he always welcomed them. He sold a lot of cars to the parents of us kids.

Over the years that I’ve been collecting, I have owned over 20 Mr. Norm cars. My first original Mr. Norm car was my black 1968 GSS Dart. When I started collecting, that was one of the first cars I tracked down, and was very fortunate to find that one. At one time, I owned 3 ’68 GSS Darts, 3 ’71 GSS six-pack Demons and 3 ’72 GSS supercharged Demons. They were the pride and joy of my collection.

While I had met Mr. Norm when I was a teenager, it wasn’t until I started collecting cars that I really got to know him. I believe that he was one of the smartest marketers I have ever met, and he never lost that “love of the sale”. Eventually, we worked together when I started “Mr. Norm’s Garage” where we made some really fun new cars. I have been very fortunate to have known him and consider him a true friend. I will miss him tremendously.

Mr. Norm tells the History

See my Mr. Norm Collection

July 1, 2020

2009 Legends Cuda*

The Legends Series of cars by Mr. Norm’s Garage was designed to be at the top end of the food chain when it came to streetable […]
July 2, 2020

2008 Mr. Norm’s Super Challenger – Silver*

This is a gentleman’s muscle car.  Starting with a stock Hemi SRT Challenger, we proceeded to add a supercharger and added some paint touches.  This car […]
July 1, 2020

2009 Mr. Norm Cuda Convertible*

Since the Plymouth brand is gone and Chrysler chose not to make a new Cuda, how do you get one?   You start off with a […]
July 2, 2020

2008 Silver Challenger GSS HP2*

This is not a gentleman’s muscle car.  This car is simply big and bad.  It’s a Challenger on steroids.  The idea behind this was that we […]
July 3, 2020

2007 Mr. Norm’s Super Truck*

Besides the obvious fact of this truck being a Mr. Norm’s truck, what drew me to this were 2 things.  First, it was supercharged and second, […]
January 10, 2020

2011 Drag Pak

This is #50 of only 50 2011 Race Only Limited Edition V-10 Mopar Drag Pak Challengers built by Mopar.  Since it is a race-only vehicle, there […]
January 10, 2020

2011 Dodge Charger*

Over 9 years after I built this car, it’s still one of my favorite late model cars.  I spend my summers in Michigan, and this is […]
July 1, 2020

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 […]
October 8, 2020

1972 Mr. Norm’s Demon GSS – Petty Blue*

As you probably know by now, I am a huge Mr. Norm fan.  Growing up in the Chicago area, I used to visit his dealership when […]
October 8, 2020

1972 Mr. Norm’s GSS Demon – B5 Blue Survivor*

Altogether, I have owned 3 Mr. Norm 1972 GSS Demons.  In 1972, Mr. Norm supercharged the 340 Demons.  My first 72 GSS Demon was my Petty […]
October 8, 2020

1972 Mr. Norm’s GSS Demon – Red Survivor*

This was the 3rd 1972 Mr. Norm Demon GSS that I bought.  It is also the most highly documented one I have ever seen.  It had […]
October 9, 2020

1971 Mr. Norm’s GSS Demon – Butterscotch

I wish I had more pictures of this car, because it was a really nice example of an original 1971 Mr. Norm 71 GSS Demon.  I […]
October 9, 2020

1971 Mr. Norm’s Dodge Demon SuperStock*

This is the car that was never built.  Tom Hoover (father of the Hemi) specified how they were going to build a 1971 Superstock Demon.  Memos […]
October 9, 2020

1971 Mr. Norm’s Demon GSS – Plum Crazy*

What, another 71 Demon GSS?  Yes, it’s another one.  Good news – it’s the last one that I bought.  As always, there’s a story behind this […]
October 9, 2020

1971 Mr. Norm’s Demon GSS Pewter

This was the first Mr. Norm’s 1971 GSS Demon that I owned.  I had been looking for one for a while, but they are very hard […]
November 2, 2020

1968 Mr. Norm’s New GSS Dart #001*

The 1968 Hemi Dart was among the most notorious muscle cars ever sold in the Americas. Its 426 Hemi engine and light weight made it the […]
November 2, 2020

1968 Mr. Norm’s New GSS Dart #002*

I ordered the 2nd production Mr. Norm’s New GSS Hemi Dart shortly after reading about the new offering by the “King of High Performance”.  It offers […]
November 2, 2020

1968 Mr. Norm GSS Dart – Silver

I have owned 3 of the 13 known 1968 Mr. Norm GSS Darts still in existence.  My first was the black one, which I don’t drive.  […]
November 2, 2020

1968 Mr. Norm GSS Dart – Maroon*

This is the 3rd 1968 GSS Dart that I owned.  I got this with the Silver GSS also shown on the website.  I have to be […]
November 2, 2020

1968 Mr. Norm GSS Dart – Black*

I can’t say enough about how special this car is to me.  I searched for a long time for the iconic 1968 Mr. Norms GSS Dart.  […]
November 2, 2020

1968 Mr. Norm’s Coronet Convertible*

This ’68 Coronet started out as a 500 model with a 383 2-Bbl.  The Dodge was fairly solid, needing just floors and quarters.  I was looking […]