What makes the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T so awesome? Could it be its iconic coke bottle shape and flying rear buttress window? Or how about its presence on the big screen in movies like ‘Bullitt’? Nevertheless, the 1968 Dodge Charger has a massive amount of attitude, even when it is standing still.
Recently, we have seen a number of resto-mod builds based on the second-generation Dodge Charger. But this one is one of our favorites.
This gorgeous 1968 Dodge Charger R/T was purchased as a project car in 2015 by the current seller. In 2018, the car was refurbished and modified by Hot Rod Factory of East Bethel, Minnesota. Some of the stages of the build can still be seen on the Hot Rod Factory website. But while it may look like your typical ’68 Charger, under the hood lies some modern-day supercharged HEMI power.
During its refurbishing, the car had its trunk floor and rear quarter panels replaced. At that time, Hot Rod Factory also equipped the car with a set of HELLCAT-styled headlights, side mirrors, and LED taillights. To help set off that iconic sinister bad guy look, the car was painted, Black.
To help improve driving performance, the car was fitted with a staggered (18-inch front, 19-inch rear) set of U.S. Mag wheels wrapped in 245/40 and 345/30 Nitto rubber. A set of Baer disc brakes are fitted at all four corners and feature Red 6-piston calipers and 14-inch slotted and drilled rotors.
The suspension also has been upgraded with a K-member, Viking Performance adjustable coil-overs, and a four-link rear setup sourced from Control Freak Suspensions.
Inside, the Charger is fitted with a set of front bucket seats and a rear bench upholstered in Legendary Auto Interiors-sourced Black leather with matching carpeting and trim. The classic Charger full-length center console features a period-correct pistol grip shifter and the car also has power windows, a Vintage Air climate control system, an Antique Automobile Radio vintage-look radio with Bluetooth connectivity, and safety belts for both the front and rear passengers.
Dakota Digital gauges include a 160-mph speedometer and a digital odometer indicating that nearly 820 miles have been driven since the completion of the build. True mileage for the chassis is unknown.
Under the hood lies a supercharged 6.2-liter HELLCAT HEMI V8. It also had been modified for ease and efficiency with a Griffin aluminum radiator, an oil pan sourced from Charlie’s Oil Pans, and a dual stainless-steel exhaust system equipped with MagnaFlow exhaust. The battery has even been relocated to the trunk.
The HELLCAT engine is mated to a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission.
In June 2022, the car was dyno tested and produced 691 horsepower and 658 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels. If only the hitmen in Bullitt had that amount of power under the hood of their Charger, they would have easily outrun Lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen).
The car is up for sale on the popular BringATrailer.com auction site. The sale includes a car cover, build records from the refurbishment, and a Minnesota title in the seller’s name.
It will remain listed until Friday, October 28th, at 7:02 p.m. EST.
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