16. Dodge Diamante Challenger
Dodge arrived later than most to the pony car segment with the 1970 Challenger. But immediately, it showed they were there to stay. The Challenger was a great muscle car with iconic styling and a lineup of powerful engines. However, Dodge wanted to see if they could transform the Challenger into a sports car to rival the Corvette. That’s how the Diamante concept car was born. This model started its life as a highly optioned Hemi convertible Dodge turned into a yellow jacket show car. But then Dodge took it back to the styling department and re-imagined it as the Diamante. The car received a new front and rear end. And then they gave it a two-seater interior, turbine-style wheels, and an interesting Targa top.
But best of all, with a 426 Hemi under the hood, the Diamante was fast and with the custom side pipe exhaust, it sounded awesome, too. Even though Dodge abandoned the idea of a Corvette-fighter, the Diamante attract lots of attention. The main reason was that it looked like something Dodge could build with a little investing, and in a short period of time. After all, most of the main ingredients were all there. You can imagine how disappointed many Mopar fans when they realized the Diamante was just not going to happen. Hopefully, Dodge will revisit the concept someday soon.