Each display will include a spectacular automotive snapshot from each brand and those halls can be found in the middle of it all, between the main exhibit floor and the Mercedes-Benz and Lexus footprints. Within each room, fans of the Ford brand and fans of the Mopar brand will see at least 15 cars, possibly more. The cars committed were selected via a special invitational process and the final decision was made by the event managers for two of Carlisle Events' three summertime muscle car shows; the Carlisle Ford Nationals and the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals.
For Ford, champion of the first-ever Philly Face-Off in 2013, the room highlights a one-of-one racing truck as well as a wide array of Ford built muscle. In addition to the truck, expect to see a handful of Mustangs, a few Galaxies, a Lincoln Mark VII, a Ford GT, a Fairlane, a Cougar, a Saleen S7, a Cylcone and so much more. The best part about this display is that each vehicle is rare for one reason or another. Take the '67 "Eleanor" Mustang for example. This Fastback replica Resto-Mod is a great representation of how owners have worked to customize muscle cars from the past with equipment and accessories of today. The car is outfitted with a '03/'04 Mustang Cobra drive train, '03/'04 Mustang seats as well as a dash, 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, total control rear suspension and a 4.6L 32v engine. With 500+ horsepower under the hood, its owner believes he has a one-of-a-kind car with a one-of-a-kind look, including its paint job. Along with this car, there is the aforementioned racing truck. The truck is a 1963 Ford F-100XL and was commissioned by Ford to be built by Dearborn Steel Tubing. It was raced successfully in the B/FX factory experimental class and instead of a normal six-cylinder engine, the truck sports a 427 cubic inch engine rated at 425 BHP at 6,000 RPM. Again, a rare gem and best of all, it's still active for special Ford-themed events.
While those are just two of the great machines highlighted within the Ford display, the Mopar side also hosts some unique beauties. The cars showcased include a Desoto, Barracuda, Challenger, Duster, Charger, Road Runner, Prowler and a Magnum...just to name a few. There are a few Road Runners in the display and one in particular, a '70 convertible, was purchased in November of '71 before the seller even had a price tag on it. Under the hood, you'll find a 440 six-barrel engine and four-speed transmission, making it just one of 34 like it built in 1970. This car was a daily driver until it was restored in 2012 and since then, has won multiple awards. In addition to this rare classic, enthusiasts can enjoy a modern classic too in the form of the Plymouth Prowler The Prowler is a '99 and sports a 6.1 HEMI V-8 under the hood. It took 16 months to build and since it was completed, it has been featured in Modern Mopar magazine and at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. In addition to the engine, custom touches include a Shaker hood, grill and exhaust. It's truly the only one like it in the world.
In all, the cars vary and every one of them has a unique story to be told. Those stories, along with the cars themselves will be on display during the entire run of the Philadelphia Auto Show. And while only two from each display were featured within this write-up, it's a sure thing that when guests of the event see them all, they'll be wowed by the passion, dedication and energy that each owner has put into their show worthy gem.