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Rare Cars and Nice Weather at the CPW Fall Fling Mopar Show

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 2015-10-27 Elana Scherr
Rare Cars and Nice Weather at the CPW Fall Fling Mopar Show

Twice a year, the Chrysler Performance West car club gathers all the Dodges, Plymouths, Chryslers, AMCs, and any other Moparesque orphans, and gets them all together under the trees at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, California. The October meet, known appropriately as “Fall Fling,” is always a bit smaller than the Spring show, but there was plenty of rare and interesting sheetmetal to admire.

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As is often the case, the show started in the parking lot, where we spotted a very rare B-body. The red 1971 GTX was an early pilot car, with a build date of May, 1970, and a VIN of 008. That makes it one of, if not the first, of the fuselage body cars to roll off the line with a Hemi engine. Neato!

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Another rare machine was Jay Losi’s 1963 Max Wedge Dodge 330. The Max Wedge cars featured a 426 wedge engine and lightweight aluminum fenders, hood, and bumper, among other high-performance changes. Jay’s car was recently added to the official registry, as 1 of 34 known to exist. We’ll show you more on that soon.

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In the swap meet, we saw cars and parts up for grabs. Mopar muscle still commands a high price tag, but you can get into some of the A- and later B- and E-bodies for less than $10K, which is an improvement (if you’re buying) over recent years. Speaking of rare, how about a Slant Six–powered Charger? Don’t see those often.

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Sometimes the little shows are the most fun, because there’s plenty of time to catch up with friends and scope out the details on all the show cars. See for yourself in the gallery below.

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