Solid Project: 1968 Dodge Charger

It isn’t unusual to find 1968 Dodge Charger project cars that are riddled with rust, but this one is like a breath of fresh air. Sure, it will need to be completely restored, but at least the buyer won’t be starting the process with a car that is a rust-bucket. It has also received an engine upgrade, which should make it a potent classic once it finds its way back onto our roads. Located in Atascosa, Texas, you will find the Dodge listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has made it to $21,200, and the reserve has been met.

The Charger comes with its VIN Plate and Fender Tag intact, and the latter indicates that the vehicle rolled off the line finished in Racing Green. You can still see this in evidence in a few spots, but the paint has definitely seen better days. The panels are reasonably straight, with only a few repairable dings and dents for the next owner to tackle. That brings us to the question of rust. There is some, but it doesn’t seem to be that bad. There are the usual spots around the rear window and in the trunk filler panel, and some in the bottoms of the rear quarter panels. This isn’t extensive and represents a straightforward and common repair. The trunk pan has some pitting, but the owner says that there is no penetrating rust. The same is true of the floors, plus the vulnerable frame rails. The underside shots that the owner supplies show the type of dry surface corrosion that you can expect with a car from a drier climate, but it looks very encouraging. Some trim items will need to be restored or replaced, but the glass and the grille appear to be in good condition.

The Charger started its life equipped with a 318ci V8 and a manual transmission. Both have gone the way of the dodo, and in their place are a 383 and an A-727 TorqueFlite transmission. If the 383 were original, it would have pumped out around 330hp, which was enough to fire the Charger through the ¼ mile in around 15 seconds. The owner states that the V8 doesn’t run but that it does spin freely. He believes that it wouldn’t take much to coax it back to life. Given how badly everything in the engine bay currently presents, I think that the buyer will probably pull the engine so that everything can be appropriately detailed. That would also provide a chance to inspect everything thoroughly before bolting it back together.

The buyer will be starting from scratch with the Charger’s interior because I can’t see much trim that is salvageable. It is basically complete, although it isn’t clear whether the console and radio are present. The white trim would have looked classy against the Green exterior, and there’s no reason why it couldn’t once again. I will point out that interior trim for Mopar models does tend to be more expensive than for other domestic classics. However, if an interior restoration is performed carefully, the owner should never need to touch it again. It’s also worth remembering that an excellent interior will enhance the potential value of a classic, while an interior that looks less than perfect will detract from the rest of the vehicle’s condition.

There are plenty of enthusiasts out there who would love nothing more than to tackle a classic car project, but they often find the prospect of tackling major rust issues to be daunting. That’s where cars like this Charger fit into the equation. It does have rust, but it appears to be minimal. So if you are a Mopar enthusiast who is on the search for a solid project car, this might be just the right one for you.

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Comments

  1. Mopes Luvr

    Nice factory quarter panel rust as well as around rear windshield.
    Then one can scrape off the primer in hopes of no rust.

    Its a. Mope and I get it that ones rusted with a tree growing thru the hood is worth 15 grand.

    I see a full on restoration with 40 k more pumped into the car.

    Gentlemen open your wallets and start some real bidding. You can own this beautiful car.

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  2. George Mattar

    Another way overpriced rusty 50 plus year old Dodge. How come this is the fate of about 98 percent of the beat styles muscle car ever. So sad.

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    • dave jung

      thats what im thinking too , way overpriced ,looks like a basic complete overhaul inside and out prolly needs all new wiring and every other damned thing too

      Like 7
  3. JCA

    Someone made the right choice to sell this as is…

    Like 9
  4. JoeNYWF64

    Lot of mud or rust under the hood. Even the air filter is brown, yet undeneath the car, not so. Hmmh.

    Like 2
  5. John S Dressler

    The simple answer to the price is: It’s the Bullet Charger!

    Like 2
  6. Charles Sawka

    For some inexplicable reason, car guys just gotta have these Chargers !

    Like 1
    • Allen L

      So they can have Steve McQueen chase them.

      Like 1
  7. Bill McCoskey

    Interesting that the car had small V8 & stick shift [likely 3-on-the-floor], no power brakes, but has factory A/C. [As I recall, factory A/C was about $450, a huge amount for the time.]

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