Local Ross Taylor checks out Stephen Kopp's '74 Sportsman Charger on display at Leslie Park.
Local Ross Taylor checks out Stephen Kopp's '74 Sportsman Charger on display at Leslie Park. Deanna Millard

Enthusiasts show off Chryslers at vintage car meet

A SPECTACULAR range of Chryslers was on display in Leslie Park on Saturday before heading off to the Mopar Muscle weekend at the Warwick Dragway.

Among the many proud owners of these magnificent vehicles was Stephen Kopp from Brisbane with his '74 Sportsman Charger.

Beginning his mechanic's apprenticeship with Chrysler in 1977 he then purchased the Sportsman Charger in 1980 for a mere $1950.

Mr Kopp said the Charger had given him a great deal of pleasure over the past 23 years and he could never see himself parting with it.

"I raced her at the Surfers Paradise International Raceway during the '80s and had a lot of fun," he said.

"But for the past 20 years the old Charger has been my road car."

Joshua, Caitlyn, Jacob and Joel Jensen get behind the wheel of the '69 Dodge Dart on display at Leslie Park.
Joshua, Caitlyn, Jacob and Joel Jensen get behind the wheel of the '69 Dodge Dart on display at Leslie Park.

Recently being treated to a full restoration, the vintage red Charger is decked out with tartan upholstery and fitted with a 265 engine with factory four-speed, regaining its former glory.

Mr Kopp said it was a labour of love and the historic car has now been valued at $48,000. But it is invaluable to him.

"I love the shape of this Charger as it is uniquely Australian and exists nowhere else in the world," he said.

"They just don't make cars like they used to."

These days Mr Kopp only brings his pride and joy out on special occasions.

As a member of the Queensland Chrysler Association he enjoys mixing with people who share his passion and was excited to be lining up with the other Chryslers to race the quarter mile.

Proud owner of the VG Valiant Kevin Bulmer from Brisbane with Glen Trafford at Leslie Park on Saturday.
Proud owner of the VG Valiant Kevin Bulmer from Brisbane with Glen Trafford at Leslie Park on Saturday.


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