1968 Dodge Charger ‘Bullitt’ Restomod is a fitting tribute to the iconic movie villain car | Taza Khabre

Key findings

  • RestoMods restored a 1968 Dodge Charger that was designed for Bullitt remake of the film, but was sold out instead.
  • This charger received minimal exterior changes, with an emphasis on preserving the original appearance.
  • The restomod includes a modern transmission and engine upgrade, while retaining the naturally aspirated powerplant.


Fans classic cars and muscle cars will enjoy the latest video below from RestoMods YouTube channel, where they look at something special. It’s not just a Dodge Chargerit was also a potential movie star with a role in Bullitt a remake of the film. A look-alike muscle car appeared in the original film as a villain car pitted against Steve McQueen’s iconic Highland Green Ford Mustang.

The remake didn’t happen, so a restored ’68 Charger that was potentially set to appear in the film was sold off and in turn purchased by the team RestoMods. Here are the highlights of this cool project, which will also be given away as a prize (along with $20,000). Check out the RestoMods YouTube channel linked above for details on how to enter. In the meantime, take a look at the charger’s exquisite restoration that looks better than new.

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Since the 1968 Charger R/T had already undergone some restoration (including a vinyl roof), the RestoMods team knew they didn’t have a dog. These Chargers are 56-year-old classic cars, and there is the potential for a little rust, loose fasteners, tired components, and even more tired engines. In this case, the team took the car and gave it the love it had left to get it into the shape it is in now, and that’s not all.

It got a full restomod treatment underneath. That means a completely rebuilt engine bay, new suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, and more. It’s notable for remaining largely original exterior (except for those wheels), and still has an old-school, non-supercharged, Mopar V8 under the hood.

Highlights of the ’68 Dodge Charger project

  • With taste and minimal external changes, preserving the appearance
  • Modern transmission and updated original transmission with correct engine under the hood
  • Originally restored and intended for Bullitt a remake of the film

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Under the skin, this Dodge Charger Restomod is tastefully done

Under the hood is a 7.2-liter V8 that has been reworked and refined to perform at its best. Along with the engine, many parts related to its ignition, induction and fuel systems have been replaced or upgraded. Below we can see the specs available to us from the video, where the team estimates a power output of 450 hp, although that power has not been confirmed.

As we can see below, a classic muscle car is likely to earn 20% more than its factory output. In keeping with the tastefully restored exterior, the restomod retains the original engine and maintains a non-supercharged profile. Perhaps the most radical change is the upgrade to FiTech EFI.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Restomod RM25 / Original Charger Specifications

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Restomod RM25

1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440

Engine

7.2 liter, NA V8

7.2 liter, NA V8

power

450 hp (declared)

375 hp

A turning point

550+ lb-ft (approx)

480 lb-ft

Transmission

Engine front, rear

Engine front, rear

Method of transmission

6-speed manual gearbox

3-4 manual transmission, 3-speed automatic

Data provided Hagerty, RestoMods

Since RestoMods claims horsepower around 450 hp, we’re assuming a similar 20% increase in torque.

Dodge Charger R/T Restomod Powertrain Highlights

  • Stainless steel tubular headers, dual Flowmaster exhaust, MSD distributor, Edelbrock intake manifold, dual electric cooling fans
  • Silver Sport Borg Warner T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission, DriveShaftPros custom driveshaft, Wilwood Power disc brakes, QA1 coilover suspension and wishbone
  • FiTech 600 Classic EFI Fuel Injection Kit

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Cost was not a factor, and no expense was spared in restoring and modifying this classic American muscle car.

From the sealed lines to the panels, this charger is better than new

The car has been tastefully restored on the outside and looks a lot like the original ’68 charger, unlike this charger restmod which works very differently. For example, the 18-inch American Racing wheels and new Falken tires give this car a little more grip than it did in the 60s, but also make the car more aggressive.

As the team says in the video, these machines used to be driven like “land yachts.” That’s no longer the case, as this classic car sits on modern coil-over suspension on all corners with a new wishbone. Upgraded brakes also ensure that the car stops just as well as it does now.

On the outside, however, the car doesn’t scream about its new setup. According to the team, the closing lines and panel gaps are better than factory standards. RestoMods says the taillights are original, but now work with LEDs.

Inside, the iconic exterior is not lost, with original gauges and HVAC vents, and a restored factory vinyl package. The team highlights how the Silver Sport shifter changes the shift feel for the better. Otherwise, only the FiTech sub-screen gives away the modern base of the charger from within.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T Restomod Highlights

  • Updated A/C and new gear lever inside
  • The original appearance is preserved for both the exterior and the interior with some minor exceptions
  • The LED is backlit, retrofitted inside the original units

Here’s how much a 1968 Dodge Charger is worth today

1968 Dodge Charger restomod, front viewKey features of the 1968 Dodge Charger

  • According to Classic.com, a 1968 Dodge Charger is worth about $108,000 on average across all options and conditions
  • The Hemi costs much more than the ‘440, thanks to much lower production numbers—only 475 buyers chose the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi.
  • Less expensive ’68 Charger options include a 230-hp 5.2-liter V8. and a 6.3-liter V8 with a capacity of 290-300 hp. — The R/T came standard with a 7.2-liter V8

The value of this classic muscle car is high even for abandoned examples, with a cheaper Charger R/T ‘440’ model like this one going for more than $70,000. The “426” Hemi V8 is even more in demand, and the 4-speed manual transmission takes the top spot, with only 211 buyers choosing this combination.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440 / 426 Value

1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440

1969 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi

Engine

7.2 liter, NA V8

7 liter, NA Hemi V8

power

375 hp

425 hp

Mean (Hagerty)

67,500 USD

103,000 USD

Data provided Hagerty

RestoMods’ own ’68 Charger restomod would have to score independently, but should still tip the scales heavily given its tasteful restoration, components, and mods. As a daily charger (as well as a weekend special car), it’s sure to be ideal for many classic car and muscle car fans in general.

Sources: Hagerty, Classic.com, RestoMods

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