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Area man buys second Dodge Challenger

Jim Nyholt bought his first one in 1971

Posted: July 14, 2008 1:35 a.m.
Updated: September 14, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Jim Nyholt, from Palmdale and friend Stacey Meyer, from Quartz Hill, stand in front of Nyholt's new Dodge Challenger. Nyholt, who owned a 1971 model, picked up the new car Thursday evening.

Even though gas prices are at an all-time high, consumer confidence wanes and the U.S. dollar drops, sometimes love just trumps all other considerations.

We're talking about the love affair between a man and his car - but not just any car.

Dr. Jim Nyholt fell in love with a 1971 Dodge Challenger, the one he drove that year from his home in Colorado to California.

Despite the years that have gone by, the Palmdale veterinarian describes with passion and nostalgia these days, the car he had and lost.

"It was fire engine red with white bucket seats," he told The Signal with a near sigh.

Nyholt said he traded (with much regret) the legendary "muscle car" for a car of almost equal muscle - a Challenger.

The last car he had owned and drove, until just recently, was a super-charged Monte Carlo.

That is, until one day, when he was driving down Valencia's auto dealer strip on Creekside Road, caught the glimpse of an old flame out of the corner of his eye, almost drove off the road, made a U-turn for the Dodge dealership.

"I saw it out of the corner of my eye, I did a U-turn, walked into the showroom and I said ‘we got to do what we have to and I'll get this car," Nyholt said.

"I never even drove that car until the next day when I bought it," he said.

That was on Thursday.

Since, then Nyholt gets the ‘thumbs up' from scores of drivers on the freeway, he said - all male drivers.
"It's not so much a car for the ladies, but the guys it's everything."

The 2009 Challenger is a 2-door, 5-passenger sports coupe, available in 3 trims, ranging from the SE to the SRT8.

For other lovesick drivers out there, here is more information. The 2009 Dodge Challenger SE, with three models listed at prices between $21,320 (the Challenger SE) and $36,603 (Challenger SRT8), comes equipped with a standard 3.5-liter V6, 250-horsepower engine that achieves 18-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway.

A 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The SRT8 is equipped with a standard 6.1-liter V8 with 425-horsepower engine. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is optional.

The all-new Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger two-door coupe produced from the company's rear-wheel-drive platform.

According to the manufacturer's promotional boast online, the 2009 Dodge Challenger was developed with Dodge's credo of "bold, powerful and capable."

Are any animals allowed in Dr. Nyholt's brand new Challenger?

"Just human animals," he said.

Does it get good mileage?

Who cares. It's a Dodge Challenger.


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