Lot 256 - 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440
|Odometer reading||51,000 km|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,432|
Film and classic car buffs will be well aware of the iconic movie 'Bullitt' staring Steve McQueen who plays an all guts cop named Frank Bullitt. He and two other cops are assigned to what seems like a normal case; to watch a witness for 48 hours before he goes to trial. All goes wrong when one officer and the witness are injured before the trial. Bullitt vows to catch the hit men and the mafia boss that hired them resulting in Steve McQueen, in a Mustang, chasing the men in their R/T 440 Dodge Charger; a chase that ends with the Charger ploughing into a petrol station. What happened to the cars after the filming? The Mustang, the Charger's nemesis, survived the filming, was repaired, cleaned up, and later sold for $2500. The Charger, with only 600 miles showing on the odometer, was destroyed in the crash and fire.
Although the original film Charger was destroyed, we have on offer today an opportunity to acquire a similar iconic R/T 440 for those would be baddies and hit men. This rare matching numbers Californian Charger R/T 440 boasts its original engine and still bears its Californian black and gold plates. When found in the USA, this 440 was blue with a black stripe and mechanically sound. A decision was made to strip the car and refinish it in the colour of the Bullitt car. After stripping the paintwork, the Charger was found to be in remarkable condition with only a few small areas requiring attention. The two stage paint finish was applied and has a mirror finish. The panel work is sharp with excellent gaps. New seat covers, headlining and carpets have also been added. To finish, new Torque Thrust wheels and Goodrich tyres complement the resplendent and imposing coachwork. This is a true muscle car that not only looks the part but, upon starting the beast, the sound truly reverberates right through to your insides!
Imported into the UK in 2007, the 440 comes with the State of California Certificate of Title (stamped exported), with the Customs Entry Advice confirming UK import duties paid. Until recently, the 440 had been laid up for six years in a garage in Berkshire; however, since its resurrection it has undergone re-commissioning works and there is some finishing required. Importantly, this is a genuine 1968 Dodge R/T 440 Charger fitted with the correct rotating front light covers and rear lights unique for the year. A check of the 'fender tag' (chassis number) will confirm that it is also a matching numbers car. The Dodge has recently received an MoT test certificate, UK registration document and Historic status road fund licence.
With the vendor deciding to retire to his yacht, he has decided to sell his land based toys resulting in the Dodge R/T 440 being offered at this extraordinarily low estimate. This is surely an opportunity not to be missed.
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