The Black Ghost is one of the most famous muscle cars ever made in
A triple-black 1970 Dodge Challenger, the Black Ghost is a
"Nobody knew who he was. He'd run a couple races and then he'd disappear," said
The Black Ghost is among several of the 250 top cars shown at the
Starting next year,
"We're going to be bringing the best cars in the world here to the DIA and hopefully to the whole surrounding neighborhood," said Hagerty at a media briefing in front of the museum Wednesday. "We're working on those details now."
Hagerty owns three
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"These cars are first and foremost really elegant and a car in the right setting looks different than it does on an everyday street," Hagerty said. "Then when you realize
Within about two months, Hagerty said,
"We need to secure several hotels, you want to partner with restaurants, you want to show people where they can go out to eat, you'll need food trucks to make these things really work," Hagerty said. "
For car enthusiasts such as Qualls, being able to show off his father's car at the DIA on
"I wanted to drive the car because I wanted to know what was so special about this car, because he always talked about it, but I only had a ride in it once as a little kid," Qualls said. "He put a hundred-dollar bill on the dash and he said, 'If you can get this hundred-dollar bill when I say go, it's yours.' He says 'go' and takes off and as I try to reach to get the bill, I get put back in the seat of the car. I never did get that hundred-dollar bill."
Qualls said in 2016, the rubber on the car was deteriorated and it needed some work such as new hoses, but he hand-cranked it and "it turned right over real easily. It has a 426-Hemi engine, but what's special about it is the gator-grain roof."
He drives it about once a month now, taking it to car shows to keep the Ghost going for his dad.
"I do this as a tribute to him since he didn't get to do any car shows," Qualls said.
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