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Facts and photo's of the 1968 Dodge Charger

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The car that Defined "Muscle Car" the historic 1968 Dodge Charger and all the Charger R/T facts you need

1968 Dodge Charger R/T Historic you might ask? Yes, definitely historic. The word historic means "noteworthy" it also means ''highly significant''. 

Ask anyone that is a Mopar fanatic if the 1968 charger was not a Noteworthy car. His or her answer? Hell yes, it's noteworthy.

Ask any Mopar fanatic  if the 68 charger was not a Highly significant ride. And believe me you will get the same Hell yes answer over and over again.

Let's face it, Dodge carried the checkered  flag with the revolutionary 1968 Dodge Charger.

In my opinion, the 68 Dodge Charger  will remain one of Mopars all time "Greatest Hits".

Look at the car. It seems to be doing 100mph when sitting still.

The long hood, and those flaring out quarter panels.  The curved back windshield tucked between the cool looking sail panels.

The 68 Dodge Charger ladies and gentlemen defined the word MOPAR.

Talk to any man or woman that truly loves this car, and you will not find a more dedicated following of  loyal fans than those of us that admire and are willing to go that extra mile to restore and preserve one of  Mopars all time greats. 

1968 Dodge Charger, inside view of the console 

1968 Dodge Charger and the R/T Models

In 1968, the Dodge charger was redesigned. Yes, the second generation of Chargers was reborn. The car featured new subtle styling without the fastback roofline and wall to wall taillights.

With what was to become known as the Coca-Cola body style the car was drop-dead gorgeous. Over 96,000 chargers were sold. Hidden headlamps remained in the grille with textured,horizontal chrome bars.Imitation scoops were stamped into the doors.The rear of the car featured four, circular,target-like taillights set within a cove.

A small integral spoiler was crafted into the rear sheet metal and racing-car-type fuel filler adorned the left rear quarter. The r/t model designation was now added to the charger line for the performance version. The car wore a bumblebee stripe around its tail, and imitation hood scoops that accommodated turn-signal indicators were part of the hood.

The charger was offered in two versions, standard and R/T.   An array of engines was available for this year's charger. The base engine for the charger was the 318 cubic inch, but two versions of the 383 were optional; a two-barrel rated at 290 hp and a four-barrel rated at 330hp. The R/T featured the 440(375hp) standard with an optional 425hp, 426 street burning Hemi.

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Quick facts about the 1968 Dodge Charger

  • 96,100- 1968 Dodge Chargers were Sold

  • The 1968 Chargers were offered as Standard or R/T models. R/T stands for (Road & Track)

  • Had the Hidden Headlights, vacuum operated 

  • Engines offered for the 1968 Dodge Charger were: 225 -318-383-440-426 engines

  • The 1968 Dodge Charger were the 2nd Generation of Chargers

  • $3,100 for Hardtop Coupe 1968 Dodge Charger

  • $3,575 for R/T Hardtop Coupe 1968 Dodge Charger

  • This new look of the 1968 Dodge charger was also known as the "Coke Bottle" look by many owners of the 1968 Dodge Charger

  • One of the options offered was the rear BumbleBee Stripe

  • 1966 thru 1978 Dodge Chargers were based on the B-body platform

  • 1968 - 1970 Dodge Chargers are known as the second generation Chargers

  • Wheelbase for 1968 - 1970 Dodge Chargers is 117 inches

  • The most popular Dodge Charger of all time is the 1969 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazzard named General Lee

  • In 1968, 17,000 Dodge Chargers sold were the R/T models. (Road & Track)

  • People who designed the 1968 Dodge Charger - Harvey J Winn & Elwood P. Engel 

Dodge Charger R/T models factory standard equipment

1968 Dodge Charger R/T standard equipment offered on the Road/Track series

  • 440-cid Magnum 4(bbl). V8-375 Horsepower
  • Choice of three speed automatic or Hurst 4 speed manual
  • Dual exhaust
  • HD suspension
  • HD shocks
  • HD brakes
  • Dodge Charger Rallye instrument panel
  • F70 x 14 wide -treads
  •  If you wanted to go all out, well you could purchase the Optional 426 Hemi engine with around 425 HP

This radio you could find in a 1968 or 1969 Dodge charger.I think the design of this radio is really nice looking,just look at the chrome wheels. It doesn't get better than this. Does it? Dodge offered the "Music Master radio" that was a 2 watt system

Dodge also offered the Astrophonic radio that was 5-1/2 watts

The rear valance on this 68 charger is wasted with rust and holes. I have a new panel to replace this one that is straight and rust free of course.

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Engines for the 1968 Dodge Charger

The 225- inline six (slant six) was standard, for the 1968 Dodge charger, but the majority of Chargers had a V-8.

The first Generation Dodge Chargers (1966 & 1967) only came with a V-8 318 engine

The engines below were available for the 1968 Dodge Charger

225 cubic inch (3.7 liter) 1bbl 1969/1970

318 cubic inch (5.2 liter) 2bbl LA V-8

383 cubic inch (6.3 liter) 2bbl and 4bbl B V-8

440 cubic inch (7.2 liter) 4bbl RB V-8 375 horsepower

426 cubic inch (7.0 liter) 2 x 4 bbl RB V-8 Hemi-425 horsepower

The 440-375 horsepower was standard in the R/T (road & track) models.

(Hemi engines were rated by Chrysler at 425-HP to keep insurance low. But most would agree that the true number was just over 500-hp.)

Transmissions for the 1968 Dodge Charger

A904  3 speed Automatic transmission

A727  3 speed Automatic transmission

A230  3 speed Manual transmission

A833  4 speed Manual transmission

The above transmissions were available for the second generation Dodge Chargers. 

1968 to 1970 are the second generation of Dodge Chargers.

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Safety features on the 1968 Dodge Charger and R/T Dodge chargers

Safety features that dodge pointed out in the 1968 Dodge Charger owners manual 

  1.  Reduced glare on the windshield wiper arms and blades.
  2. back-up lights
  3. mirror mount
  4. padded instrument panels and visors
  5. double hood latch
  6. safety rim wheels
  7. interlocking safety door latches
  8. energy-absorbing, steering column
  9. The following index lists safety features Dodge required your cooperation to use and maintain them
  10. brakes (dual braking system) (self-adjusting brakes) (parking brakes)
  11. head restraints
  12. safety action inside door handles
  13. lap belts
  14. lights (side marker) headlight beam selector)
  15. turn signals
  16. hazard warning system
  17. brake system warning light
  18. variable intensity instrument panel lighting
  19. inside door locks
  20. mirrors (day/nite inside mirror) (remote control outside mirror)
  21. shoulder belts
  22. tires
  23. power window safety switch
  24. windshield washers/wipers

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Heavy duty roof bows on the 68 Dodge Chargers

1968 Dodge Charger fuel,engine oil and power steering fluid capacities

Fluid Capacities
 U.S. Measure
 Imperial Measure
 Fuel 19 Gallons (approx.)
 15¾ Gallons (approx.)
 Engine Oil
 4 Quarts*
 3¼ Quarts*
 Power Steering Fluid
 4 Pints
 3¼ Pints

Dodge Charger Transmission Fluid Capacities

 3 Speed Manual
 6½ pt. 5½ pt.
 4 Speed
 318 cu. in.
 8 pt.
 6¾ pt.
 4 Speed-383,
 440 cu. in.
 9 pt.
 7½ pt.
 except 383-2 bbl
 15½ pt. 13 pt.
 383 cu. in. 2-bbl.
 18½ pt. 15½ pt.

 Cooling System Specifications for the 1968 Dodge Charger (NOTE: ** With heavy duty radiator or A/C add 1 qt. ¾ qt. imperial

Dodge Charger radiator cooling system specifications chart

 318 cu. in. Engine
 15 qt.**
 383 cu. in. Engine
 17qt.** 14¼ qt.**
 440 cu. in. Engine
 17 qt.**
 14¼ qt.**
  Auto. Auto
** Heavy Duty Radiator or A/C add  1 QT 18 qt.**
 15 qt.**
3/4 QT Imperial  Manual Manual