1969 Dodge Charger HEMI “TORETTO’S CHARGER”
Because 1968-70 Chargers have, for the last 40 years, been Hollywood’s favorite cars to wreck, they’ve become both rare and expensive.
Eight years later, that iconic black Charger is resurrected for the 2009 film “Fast and Furious”. The fourth movie’s story has the wrecked Charger being restored for Dom “Vin Diesel” by his beloved Letty “Michelle Rodriguez” while Dom is living in exile in Central America. In reality, the “Fast and Furious” picture car department had to build six Chargers to perform all the stunts. Because 1968-70 Chargers have, for the last 40 years, been Hollywood’s favorite cars to wreck, they’ve become both rare and expensive. So just FINDING Chargers to buy was challenge enough, and the crew often had to settle for cars in hideous condition. One Charger was built with a real-live blown 528-cubic-inch Hemi V8 under its hood. But the three stunt cars were actually powered by small-block Chevy crate motors to keep things simple. And one Charger was nothing more than an engine-less “Process buck” built for use on stage where the actors could pretend to drive with the scenery added in later.
As to the Charger’s appearance in this film, there are a few Changes from when we first saw it. First the supercharger now nestles down through a hole in the hood rather than being bolted atop it. And more contemporary, large-diameter wheels and tires were added.
Exterior: Light Gray and Black
Engine size: 426 HEMI
Engine type: V-8
Horsepower: 425 hp
Torque: 290 lb-ft
Customized: 2-4V Carburetor, 272 Torque Flite Automatic Transmission, HEMI Front Disc Brakes, Beard 5 Point Racing Seats, Full Roll Cage, Custom Wheels, CNC Stunt Brake Handle, Custom Carbon Fiber Gauges and Dash, Chrome Alternator, Chrome Breather, Custom Aluminum Radiator, Side Winder Speed Shifter, Custom Slotted Steering Wheel, JAZ Fuel Cell
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