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2014 Philadelphia Auto Show Face-Off: A Muscle Car Throwdown

Dodge Challenger SRT on display at the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show. (Dan Basile / For Philly.com)
Dodge Challenger SRT on display at the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show. (Dan Basile / For Philly.com)
Dodge Challenger SRT on display at the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show. (Dan Basile / For Philly.com) Gallery: 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show Face-Off: A Muscle Car Throwdown

Sometimes a street fight is mano-a-mano, and sometimes you bring your brothers along for a good old fashioned family throwdown. After successfully defeating the Camaro by 345 votes in 2013, the Mustang is back with a few relatives for the Philadelphia Auto Show's second annual Face-Off: Ford Muscle vs. Mopar Muscle, powered by Carlisle Events.

One noticeable change to this year's event is what you might call a level playing field. Last year, Carlisle Events partnered with Ford Motor Company to present the Mustang Room while a local car club was responsible for the Camaro display. This year, both rooms have been designed by Carlisle Events. "The look of the halls last year, there was definitely, I'd say, a better presentation on one side vs. the other," said Michael Garland, Media Specialist for Carlisle Events. For 2014, Garland says there is "a fair and balanced display hall on both sides. Aside from the cars that are uniquely different, you'll see a similar layout in each room."

So what's on display? There is a good variety of classic muscle intermixed with more modern flair. Entries for the Mopar Muscle team include classic Plymouth Barricudas, Dodge Challengers and Chargers, and a pair of baby blue Plymouth Road Runners that stand out from the crowd. More modern entries include a 1999 Plymouth Prowler, 1998 Dodge Viper, and an eye-catching 2010 Dodge Challenger in cranberry paint.

On the Ford Muscle side, there is a significant helping of Mustang variants, from a 1969 Going Thing to several Shelby GT350 and GT500s. Other can't-miss entries are the Saleen S7 supercar, and the 1963 Ford F100XL directly beside it, as well as a 2005 Ford GT in white and blue livery.

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  • The Face-Off runs the length of the Auto Show, with the winner to be announced on Sunday, Feb. 16. Visitors of the Auto Show can vote three different ways: by texting either VOTEFORD or VOTEMOPAR to 22333, by downloading the official Philadelphia Auto Show app and choosing “Face-Off”, or by going to www.phillyautoshow.com/faceoff.

    “This is an automotive history lesson for anybody that doesn’t know any better,” said Garland. “I think its going to be a close competition just like last year, if not even closer… You can look at pictures all you want, but until you see it in person, that’s where you should really make your decision.”

    Dan Basile For Philly.com