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Blue-Chip Street Hemis Discovered In Forest Stash!

Junkyard Crawl

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

Everyone dreams of stumbling onto a blue-chip muscle car in the boneyard, but it rarely happens. When we do, there's an even mixture of happy and sad feelings. Naturally, the thrill of discovering a rarity is pretty intense. But after that buzz wears off, the sight of once-mighty muscle cars in distress can be pretty depressing.

Let's brush the tears aside and poke around this month's discovery of a pair of Mopar Street Hemis in a New York pine forest. Technically speaking, the place isn't a junkyard but rather an outdoor collection of nearly 100 Mopar project cars owned by Larry Hauptman, a lifelong plumber and Mopar enthusiast. A man with an eye for the exotic, Larry doesn't mess with mundane stuff. Instead, he prefers his Mopars with four-speeds, Air Grabber hoods, rare colors, and when the stars align, Hemi power.

Tagging along with a pal who ended up buying a '69 Dart GTS 383 four-speed project car from Larry, I brought my camera and moved from car to car on a brisk fall day. Larry didn't tell me what I was looking at. Instead, he let me add the clues and make discoveries on my own. Tag along now as a rare pair of Street Hemis come to light. If you need to know more about these cars (or the rest of Larry's amazing stash), contact him at Yes, everything is for sale.

Groovy Factoids

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By Steve Magnante
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