Freak shows need not be crude, hideous, or humorous. They usually are but they don’t need to be. However, they must make you exclaim, “What the hell is this?” That’s a must. Without the shock factor, there is nothing freakish about it. And that is where we find ourselves for this week’s Freak Show Friday. The builder of this freak started with something a little freaky to begin with. This started out as a Dodge Magnum, but not the cool 2000s sport wagons. No, these were those 1970s luxobarges called Magnum once Dodge decided it had completely fouled the Charger name. It needed a new name to attempt to make lemonade from rotten lemons. These were Dodge’s version of Chrysler’s Cordoba if you remember those equally forgettable mushmobiles.
This Freak Show Friday Magnum has been executed quite well
The thing about this freak is that it has been thought out well and finished even better. And whether you like it or laugh at it a lot of effort has been foisted on the old Dodge. The most noticeable is the top has been chopped. Not an easy exercise on these flowing frumpmobiles.
And getting it all to line up and look halfway decent is not the hardest part. The hardest part is the curved glass. Being tempered on the sides and rear makes it impossible to cut. You either sink the glass down into the body which is what we think is going on for the rear window or go with flat glass. Windshields are possible to cut because they’re laminated, but sometimes a skilled cutter can go through three or four new windshields before he gets a good one.
We think there are no side windows on this freakish freak show
We note that there are no images with the side windows visible. That means only one of two things. Either the glass is rolled down into the body, or there are no side windows. With the tempered glass issues, we think the latter is the situation. If that’s the case then you’re looking at a fair-weather freak show.
Wheel opening flares, molded front and rear ends, ground effects, zoomy side mirrors, and an integrated rear spoiler are just some of the body mods making memorable Magnum music. Or not. It’s even got airbags to adjust the ride height. We think we’d keep the custom coupe low and slinky.
The interior is a much of a freak show as the exterior-in a good way
Even the interior is finished off nicely and it’s as different as the exterior. The satin aqua seat inserts match the color of the exterior, all tied together with tan and aqua piping. Classy! The steering wheel looks like an updated version of the wheel found in the Batmobile.
In fact, if this sucker was black with red paint outlines it would look like a modern Batmobile. Seriously. But any way you see it you are looking at one of the nicest-finished Freak Show Friday selections we’ve ever featured.
You can’t argue that whoever created this was deadly serious
So, while we’ll normally show fantastical creations that might leave you gagging, whether you like the mighty Magnum shown here or not you can’t argue whoever created this was deadly serious. And did we mention it’s for sale?
An estimated $300,000 has been spent on this rolling freak find but the owner will take $50 grand. So, for an insanely reduced price, you can own this motoring monstrosity of a Magnum.