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1968 Dodge Charger III Concept

The Dodge Charger III was an experimental two-seater that had no windows or doors that opened. Instead, there was a jet-aircraft-type canopy which opened, allowing entry and exit. Inside was a steering wheel and instrument cluster pod which could move up and out of the way. The seats elevated (with the push of a button) to allow easier entry and exit. There were scoops at the base of the windshield which allowed air for the occupants, with exhaust air exiting through the rear bulkhead port.

The sleek styling was certainly inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette (and Mako Shark), the Astro I, and the Corvair Monza GT. However, the Charger III had its own unique design elements and traits, including the canopy, and large air brake flaps that emerge from the rear body panels. The engine bay was designed to accept any Dodge V8, including the 426 CID.

Other design elements included hidden headlights, a small access door on the rear deck, a steeply raked windshield, and the exhaust exited through rectangular outlets under the rear lights, at the center of the car. There was an engine service hatch located at the rear of the driver's front fender. Inside were gauges for easily checking the coolant level, battery fluid, and the engine oil level. Also inside were the vehicle's electrical fuses.

The Dodge Charger III never made it into production, however its shape and stance could later be seen in the Dodge Viper GTS.

The exterior was painted with a custom color of 'Candy Apple' red paint.

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.'

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

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