7 Classic Cars That Deserve a Hellcat Engine Swap

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Hellcat. It’s probably the single most important word in the auto industry at the moment. And why not? It’s not everyday that a company decides to give the world a relatively affordable 707-horsepower coupe or super sedan. Thankfully, some insane engineers at Chrysler decided to do just that.

But we can’t help feel that—even with its 707 horsepower—the Hellcat engine deserves a more noble home in some classic, Chrysler family vehicles. These seven, for instance, would be a perfect fit for the monstrous engine. Resto-modders, take note.

AMC Gremlin

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Alright, get all the giggles out. The AMC Gremlin may seem like a silly choice, but if you were able to get a modern Hellcat engine to fit under the hood (or trunk even) of a classic Gremlin, you might have a serious sleeper on your hands down at the local drag strip. Think about it.

AMC Javelin

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The Javelin might be one of the most underrated muscle cars of memory. A track terror with devilish good looks and some underdog personality to match. With a Hellcat under the hood, it would make this classic muscle car even that much more desirable.

Chrysler Special Coupe by Ghia

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In this writer’s opinion: one of the most beautiful American cars ever built. Bar none. Yes, it may be a one-off, and it may be extremely rare, but why shouldn’t it be given a proper 707 horsepower engine to compliment its dashing elegance?

Dodge Challenger/Charger

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Charger, Challenger—doesn’t matter which way you slice it, these two are some of the most recognizable classic cars ever built. Even with the two modern Hellcat variants tearing up streets, a classic Charger or Challenger with a Hellcat engine under the hood would be an amazing thing to see (if you haven’t already).

Plymouth ‘Cuda

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Sure, the Hemi ‘Cuda is a legend among legends when it comes to classic cars. But what if said Hemi was replaced with a 707-horsepower Hellcat? Well, it would be more powerful, for one. But it would add even more to the muscular personality of the already classic muscle car.

Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

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Bird is the word when it comes to classic American muscle. Completely restored, these cars regularly fetch seven figures at auction. But would it be crazy to swap a Hellcat under the hood? Maybe. But it would make for one hell of a resto-mod.

Lamborghini Diablo

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From 1987-1993, Chrysler owned Lamborghini. That meant that the Diablo—even though being built in Italy—shared a number of parts with its Chrysler siblings. Imagine if the Hellcat engine was one of those parts. A 707 horsepower Diablo doesn’t sound all that crazy if you ask me.

Which of these would you rather see with a Hellcat under the hood?

Photo Credit: RM Auctions

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