Name: 1968 Dodge Charger
Year Produced: 1968-1970
Number Built: 96,100 (including R/Ts)
Class: Sports Car
Body Type: 2-door hardtop
Engine: 318 cu in(5.2L)2bbl V8
Power: 425 hp @ 5000 RPM
0-60mph: 5.4 seconds
Top Speed: 140 mph
Transmission: A727 3-speed automatic
Length/width/height: 208 in/ 76.7 in/ 53.2 in)
Wheelbase: 117 in.
Base Price: US$3,100
In a YouTube video with more than a hundred thousand views, the power of the 1968 Dodge Charger is unleashed. Spectators are evidently pleased with the show-stopping performance of this luxury car from the 1960s. They get to witness the Dodge’s true potential as it left a celebrated burnout on their midst.
Dubbed by many aficionados as the best-looking performance car back in the 60’s, the 1968 Dodge Charger has been re-styled and has ever since fuelled this muscle car’s success. A new roof design, called a tunnel roof or a flying buttress, was introduced. An exposed decorative gas filler cap also was a design feature. The double-diamond coke bottle profile was simply a hit. That’s why its contemporaries in 1960’s such as the 440 Magnum and Hemi proved to be inferior to the Dodge in terms of sales. Its departure from the previous Dodge Coronet models simply set it apart from the rest and gave it a sporty look.
Dodge also introduced a racing version of the new 1968 Charger which combined aerodynamic design, and handling and performance designed for national circuit racing. At that time, no other automaker had applied aerodynamic principles to a race car before, and because of wind tunnel testing, rear spoilers were introduced on NASCAR machines of the mid ’60s to control the tremendous amount of rear lift. A first front air dam was also developed to counteract lifting in the front end.
Even as today, this classic car never fails to amaze people with its incredible power. Watch this video and be awed by the sheer muscle of this classic.