Mecum’s Las Vegas auction is scheduled for next month and is already getting a lot of attention due to the types of vehicles on the docket. One of those vehicles is one of the most bad-arse 1968 Dodge Chargers to roam the streets: the “Dumbo” Charger.
The car gets its name from not only its paint color but what lies underneath the hood, an all-aluminum 7.0-liter (426 cubic-inch) HEMI “HELLEPHANT” V8 crate engine with a mammoth 3.0-liter IHI supercharger on top. The result is 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque at the crank, right from the OEM.
The engine is serialized as No. 50 / 100 produced.
To help put that power down to the ground is a built Magnum T-56 6-speed manual transmission and a Strange Engineering Dana 60 rear axle with a 4.10 rear axle ratio. This big elephant sounds amazing too, thanks to a set of TTI stainless steel headers, Borla mufflers, and Kindig-it cutouts.
But what is a resto-mod without some suspension upgrades? A complete rotisserie restoration was performed, a now the car features a major suspension upgrade from Magnum Force, and an upgrade brake system from Wilwood to make sure that Dumbo stays planted on her four feet.
On the exterior, Dumbo is painted in a reproduction of Destroyer Grey (which may be a shade different than the factory Dodge color) with bold black rear quarter stripes featuring a blue HELLEPHANT logo. The car has been equipped with billet aluminum door handles, LED headlamps and taillights, and a monochromatic appearance by ditching the chrome bumpers for painted ones.
When it comes to the interior, Dumbo gets fine leather touches on most touching surfaces. There is also a new custom Fiberglas center console that houses a Vintage air-conditioning system. The instrument panel (I/P) also houses the Dakota digital gauge setup. Sorry audiophiles, there is no stereo in this ride.
The car is scheduled to cross the auction block on Saturday, November 12th. It’s unsure just how much this amazing machine will go for, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this car well into the six-figure territory.
To have your chance to bid on it, you check out the car’s dedicated page on Mecum.com.
1968 Dodge Charger “Dumbo Charger” Image Gallery: