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Autotrader Find: Heavily Modified Dodge Stratus With a Stick Shift

Here’s something you won’t see again: a highly modified 2004 Dodge Stratus. It’s offered for sale at Szott M59 Chrysler Jeep in the Detroit exurb of White Lake, Michigan, and it’s probably the most unusual modified car I’ve ever seen listed on Autotrader.

Let’s go through the particulars. For one, as mentioned, this is a 2004 Dodge Stratus sedan — undoubtedly an uncommon vehicle to modify. Even more uncommon is the wild paint scheme that looks like black lightning bolts running down either side, along with Dodge’s "Ram" logo on the hood. Rounding out the exterior modifications are aftermarket black wheels and a huge rear wing.

Inside, this Stratus is modified even further. There’s a manual transmission, which is undoubtedly a rarity on these; I know some base-level Stratus models offered a stick shift, but I’m not entirely sure it was ever available with this car’s 2.7-liter V6 engine. In the interior, you’ll also find Recaro race seats and a series of aftermarket gauges and switches. But the car’s coolest party trick is in the trunk, where you’ll find massive cans of nitrous oxide, designed to give this car a burst of power with the flick of a switch up front.

Yes — all that in a Dodge Stratus.

Clearly, this is a special Stratus — and it’s so highly modified that it wouldn’t surprise me if this were a SEMA car. Interestingly, despite comprehensive photos, the listing doesn’t indicate why this Stratus is so modified or where it came from. It does, however, mention another point of interest regarding this car: It’s a one-owner vehicle with just 7,270 miles. In other words, it’s probably the best-preserved Stratus in the world, in addition to being the fastest. And it can be yours for $15,000. Find a Dodge Stratus for sale

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