Hot Wheels collectors have seen a wealth of new “coke-bottle” Chargers from the late ‘60s / early ‘70s as of late. Between the sleek restomod ‘69 that debuted in the Red Line Club, and the crazy wide-body ‘68 that is in Fast & Furious premium — in addition to all the previous castings — collecting one of the most famed muscle cars of all time has been great! I have never shied away from my love for this body style as my collection reflects it, so it is my privilege to introduce another one to the readers here: the #’68 Dodge Charger General Mayhem!
Today (9AM PST) is the official launch for the third go-round of the MotorTrend App promotion through HotWheelsCollectors.com. Red Line Club members have early access to order (or renew) the subscription using the button below. Upon ordering, you’ll be sent this brand-new, Hot Wheels #’68 Dodge Charger General Mayhem from the MotorTrend App TV series, Roadkill.
If you’ve seen Roadkill, you’ll know that the 1968 Dodge Charger, known purely as “General Mayhem”, is a legend on the show. The real-life, 1:1 car was originally obtained by trading a set of cylinder heads for it more than a decade ago. Then, in its first appearance on the show — Season 2, Episode 23 (2013) — Roadkill stars, Mike Finnegan & David Freiburger, threw in a Chrysler 440 engine from an old motorhome into the car’s hollow frame while scavenging donor parts from other vehicles. The ultimate goal was to build a Charger that could go off-road like the “General Lee” from Dukes of Hazzard — hence the play on the name. The boys accomplished that goal when they took General Mayhem off-road at the end of that first episode — which you can watch when you have the app subscription! 😉
One of the coolest moments of the show’s history was when Freiburger & Finnegan took General Mayhem — and a slew of other project cars — to Dirtfish Rally School in Washington, and had arguably the most satisfying racing sequence they’ve ever had on the show as gravel from the track shot out from behind General Mayhem in slo-mo!
General Mayhem is not the first Hot Wheels car from #Roadkill. The infamous #Rotsun debuted in 2020 as a 2-car “before & after” series. The “before” was simply a rusted-out, deco’d Hot Wheels #Datsun 240Z — a casting that has been around since 2008. Back in June of 2020 we took a look at it here on OTD. A couple months later, Hot Wheels collectors who signed up for the app began receiving the “after” Rotsun, which was a brand-new casting with some pretty unique characteristics. Together, they make quite the Roadkill trio, and I’m sure they’ll have collectors yearning for more cars from the series. Draguar, anyone? Or how about General Maintenance to go with General Mayhem?
As if you already hadn’t noticed, the Hot Wheels casting is totally badass. The #’68 Dodge Charger General Mayhem — designed by Hot Wheels designer, Brendon Vetuskey — was actually sculpted from the RLC “restomod” ’69 Dodge Charger R/T casting (shown below in spectraflame black). The General Mayhem casting features its custom hood-scoop, ’68 Charger taillights, and is even missing the rear window like the real car.
In season 4, episode 43 (2015) of #Roadkill, General Mayhem was “upgraded” (depending on who you talk to) en route to a drag race with the Gas Monkey Garage team at “Roadkill Nights” in Pontiac, Michigan. In that episode, the motorhome 440 engine was replaced with a 707HP Hellcat engine from a donor 2015 Charger since the event was sponsored by Dodge. Upon installing the Hellcat’s drivetrain and other modern amenities, the car was reimagined as a drag vehicle with roll cage, racing seats and some meaty slicks in back. Fortunately, this was not the version of General Mayhem that was immortalized as a Hot Wheels car as it painfully featured the Hellcat’s rear taillights. Check out the episode, its strange!
Since the Hot Wheels #’68 Dodge Charger General Mayhem was sculpted from the #’69 Dodge Charger R/T, you can see that not much had to be done to convert the Hellephant engine under the hood of the RLC piece to the Hellcat engine found in General Mayhem.
Personally, I love that I have another #TV Car in my collection, and couldn’t be any more excited that it is another “coke-bottle”, late ’60s #Charger! This thing is totally worth the price of the MotorTrend subscription alone, so the streaming content is really a bonus. It is worth noting that another article could be written about all the shows I watch on the app.
General Mayhem doesn’t get put into my Hot Wheels collection, it makes a place for itself in it. I can only hope that we see another release of this casting, but Hot Wheels history tells us that since it is a MotorTrend & Dodge licensed casting, it is not likely to appear in any kind of deco outside of General Mayhem. So, if it is the casting’s only release: what a way to come in (and go out)! Order yours today.