West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this restored and completely rust free original factory 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 2 Door Hardtop with a date correct Big Block Magnum 440 c.i. V8 engine custom modified with high performance upgrades with over 500HP and a rebuilt 727 'Torqueflite' automatic transmission with dual exhausts and handling package with custom upgrades including:
Original 1968 R/T Charger Date Correct 400 c.i. engine rebuilt and modified with 500+ HP 'Edelbrock' 4 Barrel 750 cfm carburetor 'Edelbrock' Aluminum Hi-Rise Performance RPM Intake Manifold Rebuilt 727 'Torqueflite' automatic transmission with an added Gear Vendor Overdrive 'Hotchkis' suspension with heavy duty sway bar and 'Bilstein' shock absorbers Original rear axle & differential Original style leaf springs 2 1/2" TTI ceramic coated Big Block headers TTI 3" stainless steel dual exhaust pipes & mufflers with original style chrome tips 'Magnum' chrome plated 15" wheels BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires P235/70R15's front, P255/60R15's rear Original restored factory AM radio with 8 track cassette player Black Vinyl Roof Hideaway Headlights 'Edelbrock' Matt Black painted air cleaner assembly Finned valve covers Polished aluminum Pulley system 'Be Cool' radiator Radiator overflow tank Motor covers for electric fans Finned transmission cooler Twin 'Be Cool' electric cooling fans MSD electronic ignition system MSD 'Street Fire' spark plug wires 'Milodon' oil pan Wooden 3-spoke steering wheel Restored original gauges Power main side windows Stock center console with shifter Exterior driver's side mechanical rear view mirror Power assisted drum brakes Battery relocated to trunk. 'Kill' switch in engine bay
The car has been professionally repainted in 'Black' color using PPG Basecoat/Clearcoat materials and the 'Black' Vinyl top was replaced. The engine and its associated components are in excellent condition. The engine compartment, firewall and inner fenders and underside of the hood appear all original with no signs of any accidents. The chassis and undercarriage still appear to have the original undercoating and are in exceptional condition with no rust. The panel fit and gaps are all excellent. The chrome bumpers are also in excellent condition. The front and rear suspension is also exceptional, as is the exhaust system. The wheels and tires are as new.
The interior appears mostly original but with the original front bucket seats foam/buns and seat covers have been reupholstered in Black vinyl. The headliner, dash, gauges, radio, door panels, carpet and rear package tray are all in quite exceptional condition. The car has a new windshield. The original side and rear glass is in very fine condition.
The 1968 440 c.i. V8 engine casting # 2536430 was rebuilt and modified with many high performance components to reportedly produce over 500HP in late 2016. The original factory 727 automatic transmission was rebuilt and now has an added Gear Vendor overdrive. We have a thick file of records documenting the car's restoration and showing that at no time was any expense spared on this particular cars costs with over $80K spent at only the very best restoration and body shops of San Diego, CA!
Obviously always garage kept with the original floor boards, trunk and all the typical rust-prone areas completely solid and rust-free. There are no signs that the car has had any accidents of any kind and no bondo or filler. The car looks extremely impressive with its striking all 'Black' color paint with RT markings and the matching Black bucket seat interior with the factory center console option is also in absolutely exceptional throughout!
This particular car literally drives as new - must be driven to be truly appreciated - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day sports car a run for it's money! The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!
The 1968-70 Dodge Charger was, and still is, a styling sensation when introduced in 1968. The R/T stood for 'Road/Track' and was the extreme sporting model identified by it's designated XS29L VIN and 'Scat Pack' bumbleebee striped tail and was comprehensively equipped for grand touring American style including the competition style gas filler gap. The Hemi version cost $604.75 in 1968 dollars which might explain why only 475 such cars were ever sold with only 211 boasting the 4 speed manual transmission (which was a no cost option!). With these cars Detroit achieved a rare combination of classic lines, outstanding performance, and better than average quality control. Unfortunately styling along with performance deteriorated after 1970 and although the name continued through the '70's it was never to achieve the cult status and collectible desirability of this 1968-70 generation, especially after the success of the legendary '68 Charger in the Steve McQueen 'Bullitt' movie.
This is a rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and never abused example of a totally restored and rebuilt with high performance upgrades 1968 Dodge Charger R/T in quite stunning condition throughout! This very rare and highly desirable and collectible unabused example of one of the outstanding Mopar designs of the sixties is a true milestone muscle car with the 440 engine and most certainly one sure-fire investment that's bound to only appreciate over the years for any discerning classic American sixties muscle car collector or simply any muscle car enthusiast!