1968 Dodge Charger
Thither sustain been a turn of vehicles charge the Courser nameplate, but the discover has mostly denoted a functioning simulation in the Dodging grasp. The 1966 to 1974 Chargers were the mellow execution B-body models. The 1975 to 1978 Chargers were based on the Chrysler Cordoba.
It was crystalize astern the sales drop-off of the 1967 Courser that a restyle was in rescript. Contrivance was sledding to restyle their integral B-body card for 1968 and distinct that it was clip to ramify the Coronet and Courser models tied encourage. What couturier Richard Sias came up with was a double-diamond pattern that would ulterior be referred to as “coke-bottle” styling. From the position visibility the curves round the movement fenders and bum stern panels flavor well-nigh similar a Blow bottleful. On the cap a “arc-boutant” was added to dedicate the behind windowpane domain a looking alike thereto of the 1966 Pontiac GTO. The Courser maintained its uncut concealed headlamp grillwork, but the full rotating electrical headlights had been replaced by a mere hoover operated binding, exchangeable to the Camaro RS. The full-of-the-moon duration taillights were asleep also. Rather, duple Corvette-inspired taillights were added. Twofold scallops were added to the doors and bonnet to service accentuate the new swoopy lines. Interior, the upcountry divided nearly nada with its beginning genesis brothers. The quadruplet bucketful seating were kaput, the comfort remained the like as the ’67. The tach was now optional alternatively of stock, the bole and grill medallions were kaput, the rug in the bole ar was asleep, replaced by a vinyl mat, the arse seating did not sheepcote advancing and the space-age sounding electroluminescent gauges disappeared in prefer of a more formal sounding excogitation.
In ordering to foster encouragement the Courser’s heftiness car epitome, a new high-performance parcel was added, the R/T. This stood for “Route and Racetrack” and would be the gamy functioning badge that would demonstrate Dodging’s operation effigy. Just the high-pitched operation cars were allowed to use the R/T badge. The R/T came received with the former twelvemonth’s 440 “Magnum”. The Pitch Six was added to the selection tilt in 1968, but it proven to be a really pitiable trafficker. Almost mass precious a V8 in their Courser. The balance of the locomotive card (318-2, 383-2, 383-4, 426-8) remained unaltered.
In 1968 Chrysler Potbelly unveiled a new ad crusade featuring a Bee with an locomotive on its backbone. These cars were called the “Bunk Ring”. The Coronet R/T, First-rate Bee, Flash GTS and Courser R/T standard bumble-bee chevron (two cut stripe frame two boneheaded stripe). The chevron were criterion on the R/Ts and came in red, flannel or blacken. They likewise could be deleted at no toll. These changes and the new Courser bodystyle proven to be really democratic with the populace and helped to betray 96,100 Chargers, including complete 17,000 Courser R/Ts.
A notable Courser was the four-speed, triple-black 1968 Courser R/T victimized in the flick Bullitt. The furrow aspect betwixt Steve McQueen’s fastback Mustang GT and the hitmen’s Courser R/T is popularly regarded as one of the superlative car pursuit scenes e’er filmed.
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