Update 10/18/11 – This barn find ended up on eBay and bidding just ended at $12,600.
Authenticity is one of the most important things to look for when buying a classic muscle car. Many muscle cars have been modified to resemble one of the rarer and more sought after high performance versions of the car. But once in a while someone comes across a true high performance version. Well reader Lucas sent us his recent barn find, a true 1968 Dodge Charger R/T he found in a Colorado barn. He even included photos of the identification tag to verify the authenticity of his Charger.
We’ve seen a lot of base model Chargers that have been turned into R/T clones, some were even barn finds, but we haven’t seen many really R/Ts with their original paint and drivetrain. Lucas’s car is a true XS29L car, which identifies it as an R/T model. The QQ1 paint code tells us this car was originally painted Bright Blue Metallic and without seeing the car in person appears to be the color the car currently is painted. That being said we would still look this car over thoroughly to make sure. We would also try to dig up some more history on the car. At this point we know the car was originally sold at Skyline Dodge of Denver and that it’s been sitting for the past 10 years.
The Charger R/T came standard with the 440 V8, but the Hemi 426 was available as an option. While it would be amazing if this car had come with the Hemi, we are glad to see that the car’s original 440 is still in place. Just looking at the engine we can tell it’s going to need some work to get it running again. The 440 might not be as popular or powerful as the Hemi, but it’s still an impressive engine that produces considerable power. After this engine is rebuilt we would expect it to produce around 375 hp and an impressive 480 pounds of torque.
This car’s stay in the barn hasn’t been an easy one. The car was covered in bird droppings and had some dead birds and a box of Decon in the interior. It appears that most of the pieces are still with the car and are original, but the car is definitely going to need some work to be road worthy again. From what we can tell the interior is one of the most pressing areas and is going to need a lot of upholstery work done. There is also some rust in the left quarter panel and a few spots in the floors. Currently, Lucas plans to clean the car up, get it running, and hopefully find a new home for it with someone who will appreciate the car’s patina. If you’re interested in possibly buying the car and want more information, contact us and we will pass along his email and phone number.