via driving.ca ~ Video of the owner of a classic Dodge Charger willfully crushing his car to send a message to prospective buyers that instead have just “jerked [him] around” is blowing up across Mopar pages and muscle car enthusiast groups on Facebook.
“1970 Charger 500 I’m bringing to the scrap yard today because I’m tired of being jerked around,” the owner posted October 28 in one group, with a photo of a worn-but-solid-looking black Dodge with a white driver’s side door.
The man was allegedly asking for US$10,000 for the car, reports TireMeetsRoad.com, but instead of offers for around that price was, apparently, low-balled and visited by “tire-kickers” not interested in paying that much for the car. Insurance company Hagerty values a daily-driver condition 1970 Dodge Charger 500 with a 318 V8 at US$27,000 on average.
To the dismay of Mopar enthusiasts everywhere, the owner followed up on his threat and had the car crushed at a wrecking yard while a friend filmed it. “Beautiful! That’s what you guys f**kin’ get!” the cameraman can be heard shouting as the forks of the tractor first come down on top of the Charger’s roof. “Everybody wants to be a car guy until it’s time to do car guy shit!”
As TireMeetsRoad.com notes, in the video, the engine can be seen still in the car, suggesting the owner hadn’t really attempted parting out the Charger. It’s not certain if the car still ran or not.
The reaction on Facebook was mostly one of disgust over someone putting to waste a classic car – or, at the very least, a classic set of fenders, glass, and other good parts – because they were obstinate about getting their asking price. However, many also defended the owner’s actions, saying he is free to do with his property as he sees fit.
At the end of the video, the owner dispels any speculation about his motives for crushing the Dodge Charger. He insists he doesn’t use drugs, and is not doing it for money—it’s strictly to send a message.
He even seems to revel in the car’s destruction as the tractor’s forks pierce through the sheet metal: “I’m gonna sleep good tonight!”