1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi by Masterpiece Classic Cars

Jan
18

1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi by Masterpiece Classic Cars - Muscle Cars BlogThis 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi is listed on ebay.com for the price of US $169,900.00 by Masterpiece Classic Cars. Here’s the detailed description of this beauty.

Big Hemi Customs, led by Jason Bair and Todd Lowden, have brought another masterpiece to the national stage. This just completed ’68 example reaffirms one of the best moves we, as a dealership, have made. Once we became familiar with Big Hemi Custom and after a thorough vetting, an invitation was extended for their talents to be joined with us. Masterpiece Restoration & Build has been formed to accommodate all the restoration and build needs of our clients and patrons. One close look at this Charger and you will agree, Masterpiece has moved to the top of the game. Also of course you can look to Masterpiece for a steady stream of these stellar productions to be on offer and available for immediate acquisition.

The 1968 Dodge Charger is one of a few car models that transcends the normal limitations of a brand and enjoys a wide glance of buyers. Not dissimilar to a Corvette, Camaro or a Mustang…Just to name a couple. The car has style and attitude by the bucket load and is a perfect candidate for a Pro Touring Custom. And because of that, when this car is on offer, it isn’t just Mopar fans chasing their dream. Ford guys, GM guys and import collectors alike all regularly have one of these inside their collections. She is one of the safest bets to invest your collector dollars. Read more and check out the image gallery!

Given she is a Pro Touring Star, let’s begin with the performance bits. The engine is none other than a 528 Aluminum headed, Stroker Hemi custom built by Muscle Motors Racing, making 654 HP and 652 lb-ft of torque which will scream its occupants past 150 MPH. The Keisler Engineering 5 Speed Manual Overdrive Transmission kit with a pistol grip shifter sticking out of the tunnel will pace through the gears with flair. Putting the rubber to the ground is a new stout DANA 60 with a huge drilled and slotted 6 piston Wilwood Brake System and Reilly Motorsports Street-Lynx rear suspension kit. Up front is a complete AlterKtion/power steering/sway bar with a front tubular K member. The suspension on this car is state-of-the-art. Try getting an original 68 Charger to handle this good and 100+ mph speeds. Stoppage is supplied with drilled and slotted Wilwood Brake System and Wilwood Master Cylinder Kit. Hold on to the Flaming River tilt column steering wheel and enjoy the journey.

The spectacular wheels are provided courtesy of American Racing Nova 20” X 10” in the rear wells, and 18” X 8.5” up front. Nitto NT 555 Performance Tires will help with the traction and handling. This wheel and tire package is second to none with its combination of performance and style.

Helping the Hemi breathe is a complete TTI Exhaust System, with polished ceramic coated headers, and a 3” X pipe exhaust system with Flowmaster Super 44 Mufflers, and 3” tips. We just had both our Hemi Charger and its stable mate, the ’69 Hemi Roadrunner, running simultaneously. A Hemi symphony indeed!

When it comes to the fuel, cooling, ignition, and electrical components, only the industry’s top companies were utilized. Fuel for the Hemi is supplied by Quick Fuel. The fittings and lines, which plumb the fuel system, are from Summit Racing, JEGS High Performance and Inline Tube. Cooling is performed by a large aluminum radiator with auto electric fans from Mark 7 Radiator. I would not anticipate any overheating troubles with this fire breathing monster. MSD Digital 6 box with Blaster Coil, Billet Distributor, and new plug wires fire the big Hemi. Painless wiring kit was professionally wired throughout the car, and March Performance Serpentine System with 105 amp alternator, power steering, and A/C was fitted. If you notice inside the engine compartment, time was taken to give it a very clean look. All of the inner panels were filled and smoothed, and the plumbing and wiring was nicely hidden inside the inner fenders to get that no clutters feel and look.

Now to the exterior. To start, this project began as a stock 1968 Charger found in Georgia, wearing the Dukes of Hazard wheels and Dixie horn. After little discussion, the car was entirely stripped and media blasting was used to come down to the bare metal. Sheet metal was replaced and all new glass was inserted around the cabin with help from AMD. Hours and hours of body work was performed on the panels to get them very straight. The exterior panel gaps are done to laser straight perfection, and are in perfect alignment. With help from the rotisserie the car was painted the now famous “Back in Black” by Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes. The 2-stage urethane looks 2 miles deep and that is thanks to 3 black coats and 3 coats of clear, all then sanded with 3 more coats of clear finally applied. 1000+ labor hours were spent on the sheet metal, body work, paint and polishing. If you are going to paint a car black, it has to be right. The chrome, of course, is straight off of the showroom floor, and shines brilliantly against the black finish. The custom painted front grill and headlight assemblies are fitted with electric conversion motors to control the hideaway headlights. When building a custom car like this, you can’t forget all of the small details. Something as simple as sandblasting and re-painting a trunk latch just adds more perfect fit and finish to a car. Powder coating the suspension pieces and hood hinges adds beauty and durability. You will also notice all of the stainless fasteners throughout the entire car. Almost all stainless bolts were used on the project for long life.

Slip inside the cabin and you will quickly see that much of the interior mojo was kept to stock appearance. These Chargers were as beautiful from the inside as well as the out, and we didn’t want to mess too much with a proven design. Yards and yards of hush mat was applied to the inner panels to help keep out the sound, heat, and smell. Silver faced gauges were inserted into their respective slots and make a nice show. The custom tilt steering column attached to a custom steering wheel feels just right in your hands. The custom upholstered seats are from Marquart’s, and give a hint of modern style with matching comfort. A complete restoration of the original dash heater controls and gauge cluster was also completed, and all the controls operate flawlessly. Enjoy the custom IPOD and CD stereo and blast the music out with some killer speakers. The Classic Auto Air A/C system is controlled by the original factory sliders and chills the Charger down almost immediately. The custom upholstered and carpeted trunk adds a nice finishing touch to the project.

So ladies and gentlemen, if you want to be the first owners of this ’68 Charger masterpiece – the sister car to a nationally acclaimed and award winning 2010/2011 69 Hemi Roadrunner – you won’t just be the first on your block, you’ll be the first at every show.


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