When recently covering an unrestored Kenmeri GT-R, we mentioned how Japanese automobiles of the era were heavily influenced by their U.S. counterparts. So we thought we’d try to even things out by bringing you a 1969 Dodge Charger (do cars get more American than that?) that’s been virtually modded with strong JDM vibes. Banzai!
Now, before making its journey into the Land of the Rising Sun, this Charger is a street freak, as identified by sad.machines, the digital label behind the work.
Back in the 70s, Car Craft magazine introduced the term for muscle cars that were simply outlandishly customized. And a simple glance at the Dodge is enough to know it fits the bill.
For one, the street freak-style rear axle lift also reminds us of how Dodge engineers lifted the rear end of the factory 1970 Challenger T/A to make room for the side exhaust tips, even though this Charger takes things to a whole new level thanks to its full side pipes.
When discussing the Japanese references, which inspired the unorthodox nickname we delivered in the title, we need to mention the said artist came up with two incarnations of this pixel build.
Before moving forward, though, we need to discuss the RPM (real project in the making) Potential of this digital machine. And given that we’re talking about customization trends that are a world apart, we’re not expecting builders to be drawn to such creations like magnets, we’ll give it a 4/10.
Back to the two versions of the ’69 Charger
The first, which is seen in the intro pic, was brought to Insta by digital artist Mashin Works and rides on retro Hayashi Yayoi wheels. As for the latter, which can be observed in the second part of the image gallery and dates back to the summer of 2020, this rolls on SSR Tomcar wheels, while its hood is protruded by the extreme carb setup on a 440 V8.
The two are also distinguished by their shades, both of which are representations of the Maziora paint, a ChromaFlair shade coming from the Nippon Paint Company. And those wondering where the stunning ChromaFlair visuals come from should know the recipe for the paint involves aluminum flakes, magnesium fluoride, as well as semi-translucent chromium coating.
We mustn’t overlook the bonus differences between the two, but we’ll let you enjoy the process of spotting them.