Original 383: 1968 Dodge Charger

When the seller found this 1968 Dodge Charger, it had been parked in a shed since 1992. When he dragged it out of hiding, it provided a few pleasant surprises. The first was that it was a structurally solid car with only minor rust. The second was that its engine bay still housed its original High-Performance V8. He has revived the car to the point where he drives it locally but feels that it needs to go to someone willing and able to return it to its former glory. The Charger is located in Derby, Kansas, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Frantic bidding has pushed the price beyond the reserve to $29,900 at the time of writing.

It seems that the previous owner wasn’t a fan of this Charger’s original Code T Medium Green Metallic paint, so they applied the current coat of White to disguise it. They also took the opportunity to remove the original Black vinyl top. One positive for potential owners who might be contemplating a faithful restoration is that they didn’t extend their work to the door frames, engine bay, or trunk. That means that the factory Green remains visible in these areas. The other positive is the lack of rust in this classic. The section that you can see in the trunk pan appears to be the worst of it. Somebody undercoated the Charger pretty early, meaning that the floors and frame rails remain rock solid. There is also some rust in the right lower rear quarter panel, but it hasn’t crept up high enough to make replacing the entire panel essential. The buyer could tackle this with a patch, which will reduce the amount of welding and grinding that they will face. Prone areas like the section around the back window and the sail panels are clean, while the external trim and chrome are excellent. Throw in spotless glass, and returning the exterior to its former glory would not be a back-breaking task.

Lifting the hood of this Charger reveals what would undoubtedly be a highlight for many potential buyers seeking a car with performance credentials. The original owner ordered this classic with the H-code 383ci High-Performance V8 that produces 330hp. They also ticked the boxes beside the three-speed TorqueFlite transmission, power steering, and power brakes. That combination should allow this beast to rocket through the ¼ mile in 15 seconds before winding its way to 126mph. The Charger is numbers-matching, and when he pulled it from hiding, the owner went through the process of returning the car to a roadworthy state. He fitted a new radiator and an Edelbrock 650 carburetor but has retained the original components that the buyer could potentially restore if they seek complete originality. The fuel tank is in sad shape, so the car runs off an external drum mounted in the trunk. He has been using the vehicle in this configuration for several months and says that the car runs and drives well. The buyer will undoubtedly swap the fuel tank, but they will probably hold out until they’ve addressed the rust in the trunk pan.

This Charger keeps springing surprises, especially when we open the doors and inspect its interior. The driver’s seatcover is badly torn, and it looks like it could benefit from new foam. Otherwise, the remaining seat upholstery is in excellent condition for its age. It seems like a new headliner may need to go on the shopping list, but the remaining trim, dash, and pad appear to be acceptable for a driver-grade car. There have been no aftermarket additions, and even the original AM radio remains intact. The interior features a Rally gauge cluster, a console, and factory air conditioning.

There’s a lot to like about this 1968 Charger, and its general lack of significant rust makes it a tempting proposition for Mopar enthusiasts. The original V8 under the hood undoubtedly helps its cause. Those two factors combine with the car’s inherent desirability to explain why there have already been forty-two bids submitted. With time left on the listing, there’s scope for the bidding to go higher. Is anyone willing to stick out their neck and predict where the price will be when the hammer finally falls?

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Comments

  1. Terrry

    Return it back to its stock color, get rid of the rust, redo the seats and you’d have a nice Coffee Club Charger.

    Like 7
  2. Car Nut Tacoma

    Nice looking car. Assuming the car runs like it should, this looks like it’d make a great restoration. Or at least enough to make it a good daily driver. The only upgrades would be disc brakes for the front wheels.

    Hey Charger!

    Like 4
  3. Lance

    Or you can paint the main body dark green, get a black vinyl top , tuned headers and scare the crap out of anybody driving a Mustang in SF. LOL.

    Like 6
  4. JG

    Can anyone else say SHILL BIDDERS!!! I wouldn’t bid on this car when this idiots friends with ZERO and TWO feedback scores are the ones pushing it up!!!

    Like 4
  5. Johnny

    No pictures of the underneith and he has been driving it around. I think he doesn,t want to show us. Take a ice pick or screw driver around the bottom and you,ll find out about the rust . The 52 Mercury seems a better deal then this shill game the flipper is pulling hear.

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