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This hemi is well known nationally as "the bank robber car" because of its fascinating history. It was originally owned by Chicago police officer, Clem Messino of Harvey, IL. In an effort to subsidize his income, Mr. Messino was using this hemi car to escape the authorities in several successful bank robberies in both Illinois and Indiana . Eventually the police were on the lookout for this elusive and swift white belvedere so Mr. Messino painted his car black. Though a clever idea, Mr. Messino was eventually apprehended and is currently incarcerated for his crimes.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:23 AM
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The second generation Charger was all-new for 1968 and so were the Cincinnati Bengals. Dodge dealer Tom Kneer decided to create his own special edition Dodge Charger in the team’s colors and learned from the team HQ that the team’s uniforms would be black with orange and white stripes and helmets would be bright orange with black “Bengal” lettering.

So he placed the order with Dodge for 50 1968 Chargers. Tom scanned through the paint samples in Dodge’s color guide and discovered an orange used for Michigan state fleet vehicles that he dubbed Tiger Orange.

Black vinyl tops and dual black stripes around the trunk rounded out Tom’s specifications for his Bengal Charger. Most cars were ordered with the 318 or 383, none were ordered with the 426 Hemi. He had a few 6 cylinder cars built for marketing purposes and an estimated 10 - 12 R/Ts.

Because Tom was purchasing so many cars, Chrysler agreed to throw in the black Sport Stripes for free. In 1968, Chrysler put Sport Stripes on the Charger R/T only. Since most of the Bengals were not R/Ts, obviously, an exception was made. For this reason and because they were free, the stripe does not appear on the broadcast sheet but instead was part of the special order processing along with the orange paint.
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I can neither confirm nor deny this story, but I supposedly met the designer of the billboard stripe at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 1995. His name is Tom Hale (not to be confused with former head-of-design and fellow AAR owner Tom Gale), and he has created the event poster for the BJ auction for many years. He told me that in 1970 he was working in the Chrysler graphic arts department. He had created the AAR stripe and some other stripes, but was bored with stripes and wanted to design cars. While he was waiting for a departmental transfer his boss came to him and told him his next assignment was to design the stripe for the 71 Cuda. Tom was pissed and in a fit of rage he drew a stripe that covered the entire back half of the side of the car. He submitted the artwork and thought, "if you want a stripe I'll give you a f@#$%&g stripe!" To his astonishment management took the stripe seriously and it was approved
Comment #1: Tom Gale grew up in Flint. He used to pump our gas at the local Shell station when I was a kid.

Comment #2: In my current gig as an Accessory Design/Release engineer for Nissan, several of my assignments have to do with vinyl graphics and side stripes. I will keep this story in mind as I go about my business....

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This hemi is well known nationally as "the bank robber car" because of its fascinating history. It was originally owned by Chicago police officer, Clem Messino of Harvey, IL. In an effort to subsidize his income, Mr. Messino was using this hemi car to escape the authorities in several successful bank robberies in both Illinois and Indiana . Eventually the police were on the lookout for this elusive and swift white belvedere so Mr. Messino painted his car black. Though a clever idea, Mr. Messino was eventually apprehended and is currently incarcerated for his crimes.
Some bank robbers prefer Ford products.

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