Inside, the interior's even more special than what came in any factory Charger SE. That means Recaro buckets in front and the stock rear bench seat-plus the door and side panels, A-pillars and kick panels upholstered in light stone gray leather, custom wool carpeting, a custom console housing the Alpine sound system's head unit, an ultrasuede headliner, custom leather dash pad, billet steering wheel, and a custom gauge cluster built around a 0-200 mph speedometer and a 0-10,000 rpm tach.

With all this inside, do you think XV Motorsports' paint shop would spray on something like Boredom Beige or Minivan Mauve? (We didn't think so either.) They applied their own blend of Brighter-Than-Bright Red in a show-quality paint job, then put in new glass all around plus repro (or restored) chrome trim pieces.

In all, XV's Level II Charger's build took about a year and a half, from start to finish. What's it like to drive? "That car handles like a new car," John says without hesitation. "With that suspension setup in it, all done up with the chassis stiffening, the car handles like a new car does."

How do you show off what is possibly The Best B-Body Ever? By taking it on a tour of The World's Greatest City. In this case, John and photographer Richard Price made a trip south from Irvington to Manhattan, arriving at an hour when-in year's past-the "Milkman's Matinee" would be on the radio. "We did it early in the morning on a Sunday," says John. "We got there at 6:00 a.m., and before anything was happening, we shot on Park Avenue. We pulled up in front of the Waldorf, and we asked the doorman if we could shoot in front of there. He was actually pretty cool, and he said, 'Yeah, sure-no sweat,' and he started chasing people away!"

One more thing to say about XV's Level II Charger: You can do one yourself, as XV's got all the chassis hardware grouped in package form, available for you to purchase and install. Or, if you want XV's shop to do it, they can install their hardware-contact them for more information.

Fast Facts
XV Level II '68 Dodge Charger
Built by: XV Motorsports, Irvington, New York

Mopar Power

  • Engine: Yeah, it's got a Hemi-XV Motorsports' hand-built, 500 hp 6.1L Hemi, filled with plenty of their own hardware (like forged rods and pistons, and a performance camshaft), and topped with their custom-tuned electronic fuel injection system.
  • Transmission: A computer-controlled, four-speed overdrive automatic with XV's own custom programming
  • Rearend: A heavy duty 8 3/4-inch rear end, whose nodular iron case is filled with a 3.91-geared SureGrip, and boasting alloy axle shafts and wheel studs.

    Sure-Grip

    • Suspension: XV's Level II suspension package: (Front) XV's aluminum K-member is joined by double A-arms, aluminum spindles, adjustable coil-overs, custom front anti-roll bar, quick-ratio power rack-and-pinion steering, and an adjustable bump steer kit. (Rear) XV's three-link billet aluminum lower links/adjustable upper link, adjustable Panhard bar, adjustable coil-overs and custom rear anti-roll bar
    • Brakes: XV's Level II Brake System (featuring 14-inch rotos/6-piston calipers in front, 13-inch rotors/2-piston calipers in back and a Hydroboost power brake booster) stops this Charger the same way Mariano Rivera stops the Red Sox in the 9th.
    • Wheels and Tires: Polished three-piece forged Kinesis wheels (18 x 10 inches in front, 18 x 12 inches in back) wear a set of Michelin Pilot Sport tires (285/35-18 front, 335/30-18 rear) that are Y speed rated to 186 mph.