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1968 Dodge Charger III

Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
Dodge Charger III, 1968
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The Dodge Viper that shouldn’t have been and wasn’t
The Charger III was the most aerodynamic car built by Chrysler Corporation. The experimental car is long, low-slung, and sleek. The Charger III is built upon the ideas learned in the development of it predecessor, the Charger II.

The jet fighter styled Charger was designed in Dodge’s styling studios, and constructed in secrecy at an old brick building along Detroit’s water front. The futuristic experimental design showcases new ideas that may be standard in the future Chrysler models.

Dodge’s general manager Robert B. McCurry stated, "Charger III is an idea car. Or, it might better be called an exchange of ideas. This experimental vehicle is our way of showing the public some of the design and engineering concepts which we have developed. From the public, we learned what they would like (or not like) to see in tomorrow’s automobile. That is why we conduct special consumer surveys at auto shows. Many of the features seen in Charger III might well be included in our cars in the not too distant future."

The Charger III’s body is painted with a custom "Candy Apple" red paint. The Charger III has no doors or windows that open. Instead, with the push of a button a jet aircraft style canopy swing up. The twin bucket seats elevate eight inches while the steering wheel pod assembly swings away to aid in driver entry. Once the driver is seated, another push of the button closes the canopy and return the steering wheel and seats to their proper orientation.

The long tapered hood houses the concealed headlights and twin air scoops with debris shields. As with the Charger II, the Charger III will accept any of the Dodge V8 engines including the 426 cu-in Hemi. One of the Charger’s experimental features include an engine service hatch. The hatch is located at the rear of the driver’s front fender. The service hatch includes gauges that can quickly check the fluid level of the engine oil, engine coolant, and battery fluid. The gauges replace the traditional dip-sticks, and aid in fast maintenance checks. The hatch also houses the vehicle’s electrical fuses.

The rear of the Charger houses the experimental braking system. Three air brake flaps are synchronized with the Charger’s regular braking system and acts as a supplementary "air foil" brake. Locked under the brake flaps are twin quick fill gas caps. The rear finish panel houses the full width taillight system and the twin rectangular exhaust tips.

The interior of the Charger III is space craft inspired. Astronaut style bucket seats have integrated head rests and quick release seat belts. The full length center console houses the automatic transmission selector lever, parking brake lever, passenger assist handle, and onboard chemical fire extinguisher. As with the Charger II, the Charger III has no vent windows. Fresh air in brought through scoops at the base of the windshield canopy. The fresh air circulates throughout the interior and is exhausted through rear vents.

The lower left portion pf the canopy houses the integrated driver controls such as lighting, windshield washers, wipers, radio, heater, and air conditioning. The driver’s swing away instrument pod incorporates speedometer, tachometer, clock, and engine gauges. All of the driver controls and swing away pod instrumentation are utilized from a standard 1968 Dodge Charger.


The Dodge Charger III concept car hails from 1969. Press materials of the day highlighted its "jet-aircraft-type canopy, swing-away steering wheel, elevating bucket seats, and spoiler-type air-brake flaps." We wish we knew what "elevating bucket seats" were all about, but the notion sounds fascinating.

It’s obvious rearward visibility wasn’t much of a concern. It is clear, however, that Dodge was aiming for its share of the Corvette’s audience; the front-end styling smacks of the Mako Shark-inspired third-generation Vettes. The Charger design team must have had a photo of the Peter Brock-designed Shelby Daytona Cobra Type 65 hanging in the studio, as that car’s overall proportions and sawed-off Kamm tail are unmistakably present on the Charger, in profile and from the rear.

The Charger III remained a stillborn dream machine, and it took Dodge more than 25 years to bring its basic design statement to life in the form of the Viper GTS. Which proves that even a good idea may need some time to find the light of day.
Source: www.coachbuilt.com; www.motortrend.com
Comments
jagerkid
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
is that a real car?
if so how much is one?
tmac
Monday, May 05, 2008
looks more like a corvette
brian
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
That is a cool car! I never knew Dodge made a car like this one! These pictures are awsome! Thanks for supplying them! It has a Corvette front end! It's still cool thow!
MR.R\T
Thursday, July 03, 2008
i think charger r\t 1968 is the most nice car in dodge history *_*
ChaosZen
Friday, July 04, 2008
I like the 70 better. I can see why this concept was kept quiet and never went anywhere, it looks too much like a cheap fiberglass Corvette knock-off. GM fans would avoid it because it's not a GM and Dodge fans would avoid it because it looks like a GM. The side profile looks identical to the rare 69 Corvette flatbacks (Corvette sport-wagonish attempt by GM), the grill was clearly stolen from a Mako and it completely misses the muscle-car trend of the era.

Brian
Friday, July 11, 2008
It is the ugliest car Ive ever seen
Don
Friday, August 08, 2008
I can think this is very nice-is not how you say? Like a poop! No, not like the poop.
Ric Murphy
Sunday, October 12, 2008
back in the 70's i had a mold made from this car.
no time to build it so we buried it out back of my brothers shop in Ill.
Michael H
Thursday, November 27, 2008
this car was built in 1968 to beat the looks of the corvette. it never had an engine and it was pushed around by hand. there were only three made and one was turned into a drag funny car. but the charger 3 was mishandled once and they then sent it to the junk yard where one man got a mold of it. and a couple of weeks ago, some guys found one behind a warehouse and it was a mold of the real one. so now that they found one, you might see some around in 2008 and 2009.
Alex
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
it's a shame a car like this, is thrown to past, to be forgotten... can the people at dodge do anything to bring it back!
MOHAMMAD
Thursday, November 19, 2009
ONLY CHRISLER ONLY DODGE NO ITALY NO GERMANY ONLY USA IN TEHRAN ALSO USA
MAMALY
Thursday, November 19, 2009
ONLY CHRYSLER ONLY DODGE!
IN TEHRAN IS NO MORE THIS CARS SINCE 1978
I AM SORRY FOR US CHARGER 68 69 73 CHALLENGER 76
PLYMOUTH HEMI CUDA 75
CHRYSLER IMPERIAL


Scott
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This looks like the GRX from Speed Racer cartoon series of 1967 which premered before it's date of design. Also a Hotwheels car The Twin Mill which came out after in 1969.
charles
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
They could put this into production TODAY and it would outsell all retro muscle cars and some new verions of muscle cars ( vette ) too !!!!!
Paul Shedlik
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Body was built by Vince Gardner,detailing and paint by Shedlik. If anyone was interested.
Lordzeao
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
no it do not look like a Gm because the front is like a vette front but it not. go look a the vette the same year and 1959 chevy corvette stingray and GM/chevy do not made a vette with tht front in the in the yrs of 50-69s. only one with same body is the 70s vette and stingray so chevy/GM copy dodge charge iii
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