STREETSIDE: 1968 Dodge Charger R/T – Great In Pictures

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Some cars look great through the lens, and a select few evoke some very iconic scenes. The 1968 Dodge Charger does both.


If you’re a car enthusiast, then there’s at least a 78% chance that you believe the epic San Francisco car chase in Bullitt is some of the best footage ever committed to film.

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So when we saw this fresh-looking Charger R/T at a recent Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca media event, we realized that we mostly think of these Chargers as blurred in the pursuit, and so we took an extra minute to drink in the details.

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Both of the Charger’s extremities are dramatic; the front end’s covered headlights show a vacant snarl, and the rear has a tunneled rear window, with a flying buttress on each side.


Note how narrow the rear window becomes in the midst of all that styling.


Model year 1968 was the first year of this Charger‘s body style, and it was the only one with round tail lights.


Those roundies have some neat afterburner-like detailing, with tightly-spaced ribs looking like cooling vanes. The fuel cap has them too.


Next , the eye falls to this Charger‘s prominent shoulders and deep sculpting. All that metal real estate gave the stylists plenty of depth for contouring.


No mirror on the passenger side, because its presence wasn’t required back in 1968, and its absence gives us a clear view into how the front connects to the rear in a zig-zag of reflections.


The hood’s depressions have signal repeaters, and the center pokes up with a tight arc.


This Charger’s instrument panel has been re-done with contemporary gauges, and the steering wheel looks to be a nice Nardi model, or similar.


An overhead view shows us just how long and low cars used to be. The Charger was based on an intermediate-sized platform, but its 208-inch overall length would be firmly full-sized today.

Note that the 1968 Charger’s 53.2-inch height is dwarfed by the 2016 Nissan Versa next to it by more that six inches.


This generation of Chargers managed to impress a deep imprint on car enthusiasts – first in Bullitt, and then in the early-’80s every Friday night on CBS in The Dukes of Hazzard


There’s a living history with every classic car you see, and some, like this Charger, have memories that go beyond just that one car. This well-sorted 1968 Charger R/T is an example of that.

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