- Frame up restoration
- Glasurit paint
- 440 Magnum V8
- 4-speed manual transmission
- 8 3/4 rear end
- Classic Car Air air conditioning
There are a couple easy ways to stand out at a car show. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars building an ultra unique show car, or you can just buy a clean example of a body style that draws a crowd on its own. With its aggressive lines and tapered C-pillar, the fifth-generation Dodge Coronet is definitely one of those cars. When one features a laser straight body, show quality paint and a big block backed by a 4-speed, all the ingredients of a crowd pleaser are in place. Thanks to a frame up restoration, this 1966 Coronet 500 carries all those traits plus amenities such as a modern air conditioning system and stereo. If you're in the market for a unique Mopar that will be a blast to own and drive, give this B-body a closer look.
When you go to car shows frequently, it's easy to forget that there are shades of yellow between pale and blinding. Glasurit's Sunfire Yellow is one of those shades. It still possesses the magnetism of a brighter yellow but attracts that attention without doing any retinal damage. Expertly sprayed over a remarkably straight body, this Coronet shows well from all angles. Panels are straight and fitment is significantly better than factory build quality. Glance underneath and you'll find that same glossy finish carries to the underside of the vehicle as well.
By 1966, Detroit was over its fascination with chrome and the styling of this car reflects that change. All angles are sharp and well defined while brightwork has been kept to a minimum. Up front the chrome bumper looks showroom fresh beneath the split chrome grill and dual round headlights. Around the corners, Coronet 500 badges remind everyone this is a top of the line car. Aside from those badges, wheel arch trim and simulated vents on the rear fenders, the sides are completely devoid of extraneous shiny pieces. All glass and window trim looks to be in great condition with no obvious imperfections showing. Out back sculptured taillights sit on either side of the Dodge nameplate. A mint chrome bumper and rectangular exhaust tips round out the rear.
This Coronet was originally born with a 361 V8. Rated at 265hp, it was a decent intermediate choice but, compared to other engines on the option list, performance was lackluster. To address this issue, the 361 has been replaced by period correct 440 Magnum that carries a 2536430-2 casting number and 10-14-66 date code. Underrated by the factory at 350hp, these are notoriously strong runners. The correct radiator, horn, battery, and decals give this bay a clean vintage appearance while a Sanden air compressor pressurizes the Classic Auto Air air conditioning system. Black Mopar Performance cast aluminum valve covers are the first major deviation. A closer inspection reveals an Edelbrock CH4B aluminum intake manifold while an Edelbrock Performer 4-barrel carburetor lives under the chrome air cleaner cover. The setup breathes through factory cast iron exhaust manifolds that exhale through a 3” true dual exhaust system with Dynomax turbo mufflers.
Behind that 440 is an A833 4-speed manual transmission that makes this B-body a blast to drive. With a 117 inch wheelbase, it also rides well enough to keep the family happy. That ride is provided by a fully rebuilt stock suspension featuring a torsion bar setup up front with a set of leaf springs in the rear. Power is sent to the ground through a Chrysler 8 ¾ rear end that turns a set of 15” Magnum 500 wheels wrapped in 205/75's up front and 235/75's out back. Braking has been left factory spec – Manual with front disc and rear drums. As noted earlier, the undercarriage of this Dodge is remarkably clean. Everything from the exhaust system to individual nuts and bolts appear to be freshly installed.
Mopar interiors of the 1960's are almost always stunning. This Coronet is no exception. The soft white material used to cover the seats and parts of the door panels practically glows against the rich black and chrome trim. The seats look and feel new, as does the carpet and headliner. Being a 1966 model, this car was built during Chrysler's love affair with long center consoles. While this one isn't full length like a Charger's, it does extend far enough under the dashboard that the end can't be seen from the drivers seat. Featuring tons of brightwork, a classic Hurst shifter and enough storage to pack the groceries in, the console is definitely the focal point of the interior. The dash retains its clean classic lines with a well-integrated set of Stewart Warner voltage, oil pressure and water temperature gauges adding some extra functionality. An original Transaudio AM radio remains in place, though a Pioneer head unit is tucked away in the glove compartment. The steering wheel is a wood-rimmed piece with three machined spokes. Behind it, a column-mounted Auto Meter tachometer keeps the RPM's in check.
With the fresh 440 Magnum, 4-speed transmission, detailed undercarriage, and an awesome vintage interior, someone has invested a great deal of time and money working this Coronet into its current condition. If you've always wanted a big block B-body, you won't find a better example for the price. Don't miss your chance to call this Coronet yours.
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