1968 Dodge Charger History

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1968 Dodge Charger History

Second generation: 1968-1970
The 1968 Dodge Charger received a complete new body style, including a totally redesigned interior, and was extremely well received, with 92,590 units sold.

The new Charger came standard equipped with a 2 barrel carburetor 318 cid V-8 and bucket seats. If you wanted some performance and thrills, a 383 cid or bigger was available. Tinted glass, disc power brakes, power steering, rear defogger or even a radio, were all optional. There was a total production of 92,470 Chargers.

1968 Dodge Charger R/T
Wanting a better performer at the track and on the street, Chrysler offered the Charger R/T (Road & Track), which came equipped with the 440 cid engine, and for an additional $605.00 the 426 cid Hemi engine was optional. Improvements made on the Hemi engine from the '67 version included better valve seals, a windage tray and a nastier mechanical-lifter cam.

There were 17,665 R/T's sold in 1968 and came equipped with heavy duty brakes, a high-performance handling package which consisted of heavy duty shocks, heavy duty rear-springs, torsion-bar, and rear-sway bar. It also came with F70X14 red-streak tires, and bumble-bee stripes at the rear.

Chrysler made some changes effective June 1st, '68 to the R/T Hemi equipped with a 4-speed tranny. They included a different grille, substituted the retractable headlights for normal ones, and installed a chrome windshield molding. All of its 4,346 pounds of muscle-power came with a hefty base price tag of $4,800, and no doubt made its 475 buyers "tickled pink".

R/T Hemi Performance
1/4 mile in 13.8 seconds at 105 mph.
0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds

 

 

 

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