World’s First Dodge Challenger Hellcat Convertible Costs $139,000 [w/Video]

It’s one thing hacking the roof off a regular Challenger V6, but doing so on a limited production Hellcat that spits out 707 horses and is capable of a ¼ mile run in the low 11s, well, let’s just say it’s not for the fainthearted.

The pictured Dodge Challenger Hellcat Convertible is the brainchild of John Iverson of Iverson Customs and the Iverson Chrysler Center dealership in Mitchell, South Dakota.

“As an avid collector and love for rare Mopars, I wanted to extend my collection with another one of a kind, first edition Mopar,” says Iverson. “As I was conducting business in our showroom where my 71 Barracuda Convertible sits on display, a thought crossed my mind to take the Hellcat one-step further. Even though the Hellcat was a one of a kind based on the first model year and on the options ordered, I wanted to make it more desirable. The idea of a convertible Hellcat was born.”

Iverson says he went through a few loops to secure a brand new Challenger Hellcat, even reaching out to FCA’s global head of design and former SRT boss, Ralph Gilles.

“I contacted some suits at Chrysler to arrange a meeting with the man behind the design of the Hellcat, Mr. Ralph Gilles,” explains Iverson. “My son Austen and I met him at a National Auto Dealer Association 20 Group meeting where we presented our idea. We obtained is signature approval for the first conversion to be created.”

While Iverson had the idea, he turned to Drop Top Customs, which specializes in turning fixed roof cars into convertibles (you’ve probably seen many of their creations like the Dodge Charger and Cadillac CTS) for the execution.

Now, after displaying the automatic model at various events where it clocked 555 miles, Iverson has listed the car for sale at his dealership for $139,900 or more than double the MSRP of the regular Challenger SRT Hellcat ($64,195).

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  • donald seymour

    Looks like a truck without the hardtop. And this is coming from a guy who owns a Challenger.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’ll hold out for the ZL1…

  • MJack

    Without a rebuild of the frame wouldn’t it pretty much bend under the torque? I can’t help but think the top helped to stiffen the car….

    • Six_Tymes

      I would think they strengthened the frame with an X brace or something else, that is usually part of the conversion process.

    • Spencer Boyd

      I work at Iverson Chrysler where this car sits. There was a lot of extra framing added to the bottom of the car for added support.

      • MJack

        Good to know. Its assumed but not mentioned anywhere 🙂

  • Craig

    I would actually prefer a car like this with T-tops! Why not bring those back?

  • Michael_66589

    I have seen last year Challenger Convertible in Ontario, Canada. It looked also amazing.

  • fabri99

    This looks so wrong.

    • Rick Alexander

      If lovin’ this convertible is wrong… I don’t wanna be right!

      • fabri99

        Well…just look at the shape of the roof… It’s very very weird. But hey, I wouldn’t mind having it parked in my garage.

  • sharonda Green

    This was not the first Dodge Challenger Convertible. My brother have a black one.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      It’s the first Hellcat convertible.

  • Brian Rider

    The conversion is only $18,000.00. Anyone can send their car there to be converted. There is nothis $135k “Special” about this car. Go buy a used Hellcat for $60K, ship it to Droptop Customs, and for $80k, you will have the same thing. You will soon be able to use the $55k you saved to buy another Hellcat and keep it stock.