On the way to a job site,...
On the way to a job site, George Dritchas spotted this '68 Dodge Charger. Though in a hurry, he stopped to ask about it and ended up scoring a deal on the uniquely optioned Dodge.
Of the various ways to find an old Mopar to restore, simply driving around and looking is generally one of the best. In recent years, muscle cars have become quite a commodity; however, most of the easy finds have already been snatched up. The days of finding a Hemi car on the back row of a used car lot, or a muscle car of any kind within sight of a heavily traveled road, are long gone, requiring the avid searcher to drive the back roads, looking deep into the woods, behind barns, or in garages to score the truly good deals. Although some of us have to take time from our otherwise busy schedules for these car-hunting road trips, others are lucky and have jobs that require them to travel so they can look for old Mopars while they work. Since George Dritchas of Central Point, Oregon, works in the construction field, he spends considerable time traveling between job sites and makes it a point to take back roads and watch for cars. This habit paid off big last year as he scored a deal on this '68 Dodge Charger.
Parked with only 67,000 miles...
Parked with only 67,000 miles on the odometer, this one-owner Charger is in exceptional shape. Even sweeter, it's a cool color combination and it's equipped with a big-block and a four-speed transmission.
Traveling from Central Point, Oregon, to a job site, George was driving through the adjacent town of Butte Falls when he noticed a car sitting in the trees. Though barely able to distinguish the car through the brush and overgrown vegetation, George was pretty sure it looked like a second generation Charger (a car he dreamed of one day owning) so he turned around to inquire about the vehicle. Once closer, he saw that the car was indeed a Charger-a white '68 with a white interior to be exact-and despite that it was sitting under some trees with the hood and trunk open, it appeared to be in pretty good shape. Luckily, the owner happened to be home and was eager to talk to George about the car
Speaking with the owner, George learned that he had custom ordered the car from Chrysler in 1968, and installed the Cragar wheels soon after the car was delivered. The Charger was his daily driver for several years until he encountered engine problems while traveling through the Siskiyou Mountains in 1974. After having the car towed home, he planned to check it out and fix it but just never had time. The car had just been sitting ever since, at times covered, and remained in pretty good shape throughout the years. When George asked if it was for sale, the owner said that yes, he'd sell it, and they quickly negotiated a price of $5,000. Once the deal was made, it took some jockeying to get the car from between the trees, but it was soon loaded on George's trailer and headed for its new home.
Having loved '68-'70 Chargers...
Having loved '68-'70 Chargers since he was a kid, George plans to keep this car for a long time, stating it will receive a full restoration when time and money permit. With only a $5,000 initial investment, this car can certainly be classified as a rare find!
Upon getting his Charger home, George looked it over and was happy with what he found. Originally white with a black vinyl top and white interior, the body was rust free and in exceptional shape, and the white interior just needed to be cleaned up. What makes this car rare, however, is the strangely optioned drivetrain. It seems the previous owner liked to shift gears as he had ordered the car with a 383 two-barrel engine and a four-speed transmission. Though he hasn't diagnosed the engine problem yet, George says that once he put a battery in the car everything worked: the dome light, the radio, even the blinkers. Showing only 67,703 original miles, the Charger should be an easy car to restore or simply fix up and drive. And at $5,000 for a low-mileage, big-block, four-speed equipped '68 Charger, we'd say George certainly scored a rare find.