Ted Stephen’s ’68 Dodge Charger RT, the first car to ever score 1,000 points at the Muscle Car Nationals has been named Goodguys 2011 Hemming’s Muscle Machines Muscle Car of the Year. The car was chosen as a finalist for the award at the Goodguys 1st WIX Filters Speedway Nationals at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rare only begins to describe this true icon of American Muscle. Looking back, the entire Dodge B-Body lineup was redesigned by Dodge’s Richard Sias for 1968. The new “Coke bottle” look made the Charger one of the best-looking muscle cars, period, with many considering it the best-looking performance car of the 1960s. The standard engine was the venerable 318. The R/T version (R/T denotes “Road/Track”) came standard with a 440 Magnum, the 426 hemi being an option and that was what Stephens was after. It just so happens that this red beauty is the first hemi car of his collection which consists of mostly survivor cars.
The Charger’s restoration was done by Ken Mosier’s “Finer Details” shop in Danville, Indiana. Mosier and his team scoured and scavenged far and wide to get the car back to 100% stock. This Charger has a 30 year collection of both new old stock, used as well as some reproduction parts on it. The stock 426 hemi features dual quads, Prestolite dual point ignition with dual hemi exhaust from the factory. The 727 automatic transmission is linked to the 8 ¾ rear end housing 3:55 gears. Factory options also include power steering and power disc brakes. The stock 15-inch wheels roll on Goodyear “redline” tires. Inside the roomy cabin are factory buckets and a wood grain steering wheel. The factory dash houses a Rallye instrument cluster and tach. Mosier matched the factory red paint using PPG products.
For his first-ever Hemi car, Ted Stephen’s has a BIG winner. In addition to receiving the first-ever 1,000 point score at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals it also won top prize at this year’s Mopar Nationals and now is the Muscle Car of the Year.
The Charger R/T will be on display inside the “Champion’s Arena” presented by Street Rod Headquarters at the Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale. Stephens will receive a customized toolbox courtesy of Snap-on while in Scottsdale.
Fellow award finalists included:
Dick and Jean Berry, St Joe, MO (’67 Shelby Mustang), John and Angie Hill, Goodyear, AZ (’70 Chevelle), Reg Sylvester, Calgary Alberta, CAN (’71 Hemi Cuda), Joel Jackson, Mt Vernon, TX (’66 Chevelle), Tre Mills, Auburn, AL (’69 Camaro), Lenny Ferrari, Newton, NJ (’68 Plymouth GTX), Mark Strauder, Apopka, FL (’70 Chevelle), George Sepulveda, Norco, CA (’70 Chevy Nova), Jerry Garrity, Reno, NV (’70 BOSS 302), Syd Swenns, Lafayette, CO (’69 Camaro), Warren Sturgen, Pratt, KS (’70 Pontiac), Paul and Andrea Goyer, Puyallup, WA (’69 Dodge Charger), Larry Greif, Marengo, IL (’70 Camaro), Tim Lane, Pearland, TX (’69 Camaro), Kevin DeWitte, Fountain Hills, AZ (’65 Chevelle), Jim Germann, Wake Forest, NC (’69 Camaro), Joe Goatley, Louisville, KY (’69 Camaro).