Challenger lovers almost certainly remember the 1971 film ‘Vanishing Point’ and its iconic white 1970 Dodge Challenger. That Challenger, driven by the character Kowalski, was the real star of the film–which focused more on the car driving than on the character aspects of the story, not that I’m complaining.
Well, that Challenger is classic and iconic, and it’s that sense that Mopar seemingly has looked to capture in their new Kowalski Edition 392 Challenger. Convinced by a fan of both the Challenger and ‘Vanishing Point’, Mopar recently did a very special and limited run of 10, unique, Bright White 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Editions. In addition to the gorgeous Bright White paint job, these unique Kowalski Challengers will also be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, stripe delete, Dark Slate SRT seats, 20-inch aluminum SRT wheels, and more. In addition, and to harken back more to the ‘Vanishing Point’ Challenger, each Kowalski edition will have a custom, unique, pistol grip shifter handle just like the one seen in the vehicle.
Other unique touches, in addition to the iconic pistol grip shifter, include unique new chrome exhaust tips, a distinctive Kowalski rear spoiler, special dash and window plaque pieces, a reproduction of the Colorado plate seen on the movie car, and a unique fender tag and broadcast sheet.
Of course, if you’re looking to own one of these unique Kowalski Challengers, you’re sadly out of luck. All 10 were sold almost immediately–an impressive feat considering that neither Dodge nor Mopar publicly advertised or displayed this custom build at any car shows. That the vehicle sold that quickly on word-of-mouth alone is a testament both to the Challenger’s popularity as well as the appreciation and cult-following that still exists for ‘Vanishing Point’. So, if you want to purchase your own Kowalski Edition 392, you’ll have to wait until one of these 10 unique rides hits the market–and then, probably, pay a pretty penny for it.
Now, I want to say that I’m not trying to hype up ‘Vanishing Point’ as all that great of a film. I enjoy it, and it’s fun and exploitative in nature, but little more than a B-grade film. This special edition Challenger, however? This gets a very definite A from me–or, two thumbs up and a right foot down, if you prefer.