Introduced in 1971 as a variant of the Duster, the Dodge Demon rolled out of the factory and straight into controversy as religious groups took offense to the Satanic name. Chrysler stayed the course on the Demon name, and though the small-block muscle car would be a short-lived fancy for the automaker, it remains a popular option for restomods and pro street builds.
One of our favorite modern takes on the Dodge Demon came from Marc Viau and Viau Motorsports of Lake Elsinore, California. Sporting a sinister black paint job and a 340 small-block V8 punched out to 418 cubic-inches, this naturally aspirated 1972 Demon can lay 530 hell horsepowers to the ground for some Earth-scorching burnouts.
You can read all the details on this unholy build in our 2013 feature on Viau’s Demon. If you find yourself envying this powerful Demon, you should know that it’s heading to Mecum’s Indianapolis auction event this May…just in case your garage needed a touch of Satan.
The last nut was tightened on the build of Beelzebub in 2009, and Viau’s Demon has been on the road ever since. Transferring the power from the engine to the rear wheels is a Tremec TKO 600 transmission with a dual disc clutch and aluminum flywheel, and stopping power is provided by big front brakes borrowed from a Dodge Viper. A custom radiator ensures the Demon stays cool as a unique exhaust emits some unearthly sounds from behind this wicked ride.
More than just a car show cruiser, Viau’s Demon wears a six-point rollcage and has a 20-gallon fuel cell to provide plenty of driving range between drag strips. This possessed muscle car was the result of a decade of dedication and nearly a $100,000 of work and modifications, and we fully expect a bidder to become beholden to its unholy charms when it crosses the auction block in Indy next month.