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Dodge M4S (Wraith inspiration) posters

by Bill Cawthon on

You may not remember The Wraith, a 1986 movie starring a then-21-year-old Charlie Sheen as a reincarnated hotrodder challenging a deadly gang in Arizona. However, Mopar fans should remember the car: The Wraith’s car was based on the sleek M4S Turbo Interceptor concept car developed by Dodge and PPG for use as a pace car. The rear-wheel drive Turbo Interceptor had a a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with twin Garrett T25 turbochargers and a Cosworth-tweaked twin-cam 16-valve cylinder head. The car is said to have cost Dodge and PPG a cool $1.5 million.

Six copies of the car were made for the movie and one is currently being restored by Wes Roof and a team that is working with Bob Ackerman, the designer of the M4S.

Wes sent us some information about ordering posters featuring hard-to-find photos of the original car. The original images came from Ackerman’s personal collection and they show the car at its best.

Editor’s note: the poster address has changed and we are awaiting an updated graphic.

To learn more about the Wraith Dodge, check out Wes’ article or visit the Dodge PPG Turbo Interceptor page here at

If the trailer below piques your interest, The Wraith is available as an Instant video on or at the iTunes store.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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