(1968 R/T Charger, 440 (375hp), 727)
The Charger here
is a 1968 R/T (verified by the VIN) and is just like the one that Steve
McQueen ran off the road in the movie Bullitt. It has black paint, black vinyl
top, black interior, and a 440 engine. (see
for a discussion and pictures of the race in the movie.)
The Charger was restored by King’s Restoration in Cloverdale, in the Roanoke area of VA.
I bought the car in Georgia around 1990 and moved to Roanoke in 1994. It looked good
but it had a lot of body damage that was “hidden,” like the Dukes of Hazard had been
Above are the front and back views. As you
can see King’s Restoration did a great job! Now compare it to the
The car had the old style American mags on it when I bought it and I left them on because in the 60’s it was very common to have either the Cragars or the American mags on cars and so I thought it was appropriate. And besides, the mags look real good on a big black car because it breaks up all of the black. I feel the mags look better than the stock hubcaps that came flying off in the Bullitt chase scene.
The above picture is the 440. I kept the car as original as possible and the only modification I did to the engine was to put in a little “more cam” so it would sound good when it was idling. So, the engine is like it was originally which was rated at 375 hp. Andy took a lot of pictures of the engine while it was out of the car being rebuilt during the restoration and the pictures document that it is a numbers matching engine. An ole drag racing saying is that there is no substitution for cubic inches on top-end. It also has a Torqueflite 727 transmission.
The black interior was done by
the premier old car upholstery place in Roanoke called King’s Upholstery (no connection to
King’s Restoration) and would you believe it is located on "Bullitt" Avenue!