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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 Larrymopar@aol.com. Yes, everything is for sale.

Groovy Factoids

Your author hosts a number of online videos about the revitalized Dodge Scat Pack program. Watch them on YouTube or at the RedlineDodge.com website.

Though they look the same, the Coronet R/T's 117-inch wheelbase is 1-inch longer than the Road Runner's 116-inch span.

By Steve Magnante
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