1968 Dodge Charger R/T (Bullitt)
1968 was the first year of the second generation Charger and it started a three-year run of its most iconic silhouette. For “Bullitt” the bad guys roll in a black Charger R/T with powered by a 440 Magnum engine that produced a factory-rated 375hp and 480 ft/lbs of torque. The engine was paired with a four-speed manual transmission and featured a 3.54 final drive ratio.
The Charger is stout, it tips the scales at 3,849 pounds, but it runs a 1/4-mile in 14.0-seconds.
In the movie stunt driver Bill Hickman is behind the wheel of the Charger and a couple of years later he doubled for Gene Hackman in “The French Connection”.
The actual, legit Chargers used in “Bullitt” are shrouded in controversy.
Three Chargers were used in the movie and were likely lost to history, never to be found, but Arnold Welch of Tucson, Arizona claimed that he found it in the early 2000s. The questionable Charger was sold by Carlyle Motors under the premise that it was used in “Bullitt” but it did not include any documentation to confirm its pedigree.
The basis of the claim was based on holes being drilled in the trunk, which would indicate that a movie camera was mounted in the trunk for filming the car chase.
If I may retort to this claim; “if it isn’t documented it did not happen”.
I maintained this mantra during my time at Barrett-Jackson when I was writing and editing car descriptions. You can tell me that you are the King of Norway but I would like to see some documentation to verify your claim. Call me a pessimist but that idea has served me well.
With that said, it is currently for sale by Chrome Cars of Germany.