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Final FCA Cars and Coffee of 2019 dodges the rain

by Patrick Rall on

On September 29th, FCA held the final Cars and Coffee event in the parking lot of what was formerly the Chrysler Corporation Museum on the company headquarters campus in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Temperatures were in the 50s, it rained early in the morning and it poured shortly after the event ended at noon, but between 9am and noon, the old museum parking lot was packed with Mopars from every brand, era and genre.

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I got up around 8am on Saturday, stopping to wash my Hellcat Challenger in cold air under cloudy skies and I was fairly sure that rain was going to ruin the final FCA Cars and Coffee of 2019. However, when I got there shortly after 9, I was surprised to find one entire side of the parking lot completely full, with the cars arriving after that point slowly filling the other side of the lot.

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In the center circle that is directly in front of the old museum building (which now serves as the base of operations for Alfa Romeo and Maserati North America), there were two new 2020 Charger Widebody models, a few Jeep Concepts from Moab, a Ram Concept from SEMA, the old 1320 Concept and a pair of gorgeous classic Dodge Chargers.

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Of course, to accompany these cars, there was free coffee and muffins which were served by Michalene Grifka, whose son Anthony runs the Detroit Area Modern Mopar (DAMM) club, and there was a DJ who surprisingly played a nice mix of classic and modern music.

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As for the cars on display, there was a little of everything from the Mopar world. Of course there were plenty of Hellcat Challengers and Chargers, Challenger Demons, Vipers, Rams and Jeeps from the modern era, but there were also tons of classic Mopar muscle cars and even some vehicles from before the muscle car era.

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There was also a nice collection of the cars that bridged the gap between the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s and the modern machines, such as the front-drive-based Shelby Charger and Shadow, the Dodge Stealth and the Plymouth Prowler.

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While the crowd of vehicles on display may have been bigger had it been a touch warmer without the promise of rain, it was a great ending to the 2019 Cars and Coffee schedule with an amazing mix of Mopars from the 1950s through today.

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There were even a few nice non-Mopar products, including a group of Corvettes, a Toyota Supra with an LS1 engine, a Nissan Skyline and a few others, but as you might expect, Mopar performance machines were the star of this show.

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On the behalf of everyone who made the FCA Cars and Coffee events happen this year, the automotive community thanks you for putting on another great show and we all look forward to similar events in 2020. In the meantime, check out our brief gallery below.

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Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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