What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear “Dodge Charger”? Maybe “muscle” and “sporty.” How about “fast” and “furious”?
Depending on your age or just how you may be thinking in the moment, some may reach back and think of “The Dukes of Hazzard” when they think of old Dodge Chargers. But this class American auto has also made a splash more recently with this generation.
In the sixth installment of the “Fast and Furious” movie series, the man behind the wheel was none other than movie star Vin Diesel (playing the character of Dominic Toretto), which makes the 1969 Dodge Charger a modern Hollywood star in its own right.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona: Getting Ready for Its Close-up
If you’ve seen the movie(s), you know that these beautiful cars aren’t just there for show. They’re working just as hard as the actors in many ways. The cars are pushed to their limits of speed and damage.
In order to be able to withstand all of this, they must be outfitted correctly.
Enter Dennis McCarthy, owner of Vehicle Effects and the man who has outfitted many vehicles for blockbuster movies, including all of the Fast and Furious films.
Here are just a few interesting facts about the steps taken to prepare the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona for its starring role in “Fast and Furious 6”:
- McCarthy and his team scoured the country and found seven ‘69 Chargers that they could use for the film, some in good condition and others…not so much.
- Although found in different conditions, each were fortified the same and built with custom body panels made from fiberglass for the nose, trunk and wings.
- Safety components were added to each car, which included a complete roll cage and a fire extinguisher.
- Each Charger received a 420hp LS3 crate engine, backed by a Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission with a manual valve body.
- Of the seven cars, only three made it to the end of production.
These Chargers were put through the ringer – lots of jumps, stunts and high-speed action. And per McCarthy, in the six months of filming they never had an engine failure.
Today, Dodge Chargers are still known for their performance with a 707-HP Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8 Engine. And all of this is wrapped up with a classic muscle car look.
If this sounds like the car for you, check out our online inventory at Bryant Motors or stop by our Sedalia dealership today.