Danbury Mint / 1968 Dodge Charger - "Bullitt" / 1:24th Scale
Once again, DM had to do diligent research to render a car
that was used and modified for its role in the movie. The film representation is
what we see here. In the rich tradition of DM Dodges, this is only their second
1968 iteration. We have ‘69’s to suit most pallets but one ’68, the “Christine”
Charger. As movie cars go, I love Christine the Plymouth, but on the subject of
Dodge’s I think I’ll take the black Bullitt chase car. It typifies ‘bad’. Warner
Brothers® bought two 1968 Dodge Chargers for the movie, both four-speeds. They
came from a Chrysler dealership in Glendale, CA. The man responsible for
maintenance on all of the star cars, Max Balchowsky, traded Ford’s carburetor
for a Holley making the Mustang run better. But he later remarked that he,
“Hardly did anything to the Charger’s engine.” The suspension, however, was
beefed up a bit.
DM took their flawless little tooling and made it triple black; a black body, black interior and black vinyl roof. About the only things not black are the engine, steering wheel, trunk mat, whitewalls and the wheelcovers. How many of those wheelcovers did the big Dodge lose in that chase scene? Most fans count 6! All four are accounted for here. Even after some time, Danbury’s Charger still looks magnificent. The trunk has fine detail, removable spare, visible jack and jacking instruction sticker. The working suspension is flawless; the rear operating on leaf springs and functioning shocks while the front assembly features an entire articulating cradle assembly on either side. The torsion arms and anti-sway bars are operational. Interior detailing is DM-dramatic! The seats are handsomely crafted in fine detail. Belts and buckle ends and dash and gauges detailing is perfect. The seats fold forward and doorsills are photo-etched.
Part #: DM1532M
Condition: Mint in the Box, No Papers