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1968 Dodge Charger R/T Custom Hardtop

Lot No.: 307

Registration: FMA653F
Chassis Number: XS29L8B148300
Engine Number: 148300
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 7210
Year of Manufacture: 1968
RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • The R/T 440 was the top end of the Charger range during 1968
  • A no expense spared 'Rotisserie' restoration, now UK registered and needs to be seen to be believed
  • 440 ci V8 engine with Edelbrock upgrades including duel 600 cfm carbs, high rise aluminium intake manifold and aluminium heads
  • Tremec 5 speed manual transmission - suitable and desirable upgrades - in its original factory 'Yellow'

Based on the Chrysler 'B' platform, the Dodge Charger was a mid-size saloon that remained in production from 1966 to 1978. 1968 saw the introduction of the Second Generation models totally redesigned by Richard Sias and featuring a double-diamond coke bottle profile with a kicked-up rear end inspired by Group 7 racing vehicles. 1968 also saw the arrival of the new high-performance R/T package powered by the legendary 440 'Magnum' but the Charger R/T's day had definitely arrived when it appeared in, perhaps the most influential car chase in movie history, closely following Steve McQueen's Mustang GT around San Francisco during the filming of 'Bullitt'.

Silverstone Auctions are proud to present this Charger R/T Custom that has recently been the subject of a no expense spared 'rotisserie' restoration. The previous owner, who carried out the work, owned a body shop in the US at the time of the build and clearly, this car has enjoyed his expertise. Subsequently bought by our private vendor and now UK registered, this piece of 'Americana' needs to be seen to be believed. The 440ci engine was professionally built and has many Edelbrock upgrades, including dual 600cfm carburettors, a high-rise aluminium intake manifold, aluminium heads, 286 Crane cams, and Hedman headers. Sparks are courtesy of an MSD ignition system and this remarkable power unit is mated to a new Tremec 5-speed manual transmission and a 3.73 posi-traction diff. Disc brakes are fitted at the front.

The interior features a thumb-wheel RetroSound digital radio, new steering wheel, refurbished dash, aftermarket gauges, and a new vinyl top and headliner. The Charger has been re-finished in its original factory 'Yellow' and the bumpers, badges, stainless and chrome trim were all new at the time of the restoration. The hideaway headlights are now electrically actuated, replacing the old canister vacuum system. Other new equipment at the time includes all the electrical wiring, brake and fuel lines, new exhaust with Flowmaster silencers, and Bergman fast ratio steering. It's also equipped with an aluminium radiator with dual electric fans. An additional set of 17" American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels (complete with tyres) is included in the sale.

Accompanied by a good history file with details of the restoration, this car couldn't be replicated for anywhere near this guide price and is worthy of serious consideration. Possibly the best Charger in the UK.