I received an email from Arnold Welch informing me that he has found the Dodge Charger used in the film Bullitt and will have it restored back to the condition it was in during filming by April or May of this year.
Arnold apparently found this 1968 Dodge Charger for sale and was in the process of restoring it when he realized that there were several places under the interior carpet and in the trunk where holes have been drilled that match up with the camera mounts used in the filming of Bullitt. Further research on his part showed that there were two Chargers purchased by Bill Hickman from Glendale Dodge in Southern California. One was a blue non R/T with an automatic transmission that was used in the final scene where the Charger was blown up as it crashed into the gas station. The other was a yellow R/T with a 440 Magnum engine and a 4-speed transmission. Both cars were painted black for the movie.
For some reason the surviving R/T Charger ended up back with the dealer and was re-painted yellow and sold.
Arnold says the car hasn’t been driven since about 1978 and that its VIN date indicates it was built January 15, 1968. Location filming was begun in April of 1968. The car wasn’t sold to the general public until October 1968. It has about 62 thousand miles of use on it.
Arnold has sanded off the paint in layers and it is clear the car was originally yellow, then painted black, then back to yellow, and finally given a gold paint job.
This will be interesting to see how it looks when Arnold has it all completed and ready to show to the public, I hope it is the real deal. I don’t think Arnold is trying to fake anything either.