- All original sheet metal
- Original 375hp 440cid V8
- A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic
- 8 3/4" rear / 3.23 gears
- Power assisted drum brakes
- Power steering
One of the many great things about the muscle car era was the Detroit automakers ability to inject excitement and performance into EVERY model on their showroom floors. That translated to awesome ground pounding machines for virtually every buyer and a healthy list of go-fast options which allowed those buyers to specify whatever combination of equipment they wanted. Take, for example, this 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T. Dressed in an attractive and desirable burgundy and white color combination, and sporting its original big block 440 Magnum V8 under the hood, it's the kind of car built to beat up crosstown rivals at the drag strip or take on an everyday grocery run. If you're in the market for a solid, highly original muscle car that will provide years of great weekend memories, this expertly restored Coronet is the perfect choice. In fact, we would throw out there that this is the flat out nicest restored 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T we've ever seen and, as the single largest retailer of classic Mopar muscle for six years running, that says a lot!
So you know exactly what you're looking at, here's the breakdown of the fender tag:
CAR: Dodge Coronet R/T 2 Door Hardtop
ENGINE: 440cid 4-bbl HP V8
TRANSMISSION: 3-Speed Automatic
TIRES: F70x14 Red Side Wall, Steel Belted
BUILD DATE: October 09, 1967
AXLE: 3.23 Rear Axle Ratio
INTERIOR: Sport Trim Grade, Vinyl Bucket Seats. Red Interior.
PAINT: Monotone Burgundy Metallic Paint.
OTHER: Burgundy Metallic Upper Door Frame Color. Stripe Deleted.
19: Wide Sill Moldings
25: Drip Rail Moldings
78: Wheel Lip Moldings
H1: Power Brakes
R1: AM Radio
X2: Tinted Windshield Only
B4: Bucket Seats
Fresh out of a full redesign, the 1968 Coronet wore bulging fenders, faux scoops and generally cleaner line work than its predecessor. This R/T wears those design cues well, dressed in a subtle exterior color. With original Chrysler Corporation sheet metal from stem to stem, sprayed with an even coat of Burgundy Metallic paint, the car has a more mature presence than its High Impact siblings. The paint work is first-rate with clean reflections and no major flaws visible. While the car was born without a stripe of any kind, the restoration wisely called upon white bumble bee stripes around the back end of the car for a more aggressive look. Overall fit and finish is miles beyond assembly line work and the car has a great look that sets it apart from other B-bodies of the day.
With a such a great shell, finishing it with anything less than show-quality would have been questionable at best. That's why you'll find a healthy list of original and NOS pieces capping off this slick B-body. Up front, a recessed black out grille with a clean R/T badge is punctuated by four GE headlights and a chrome bumper which houses round amber turn signals. At the sides, chrome wheel moldings flow into dent-free rocker panel trim with R/T badges adorning the front fenders. At the top, a power-bulge hood, guides the eye towards a clean windshield which works in harmony with show-ready stainless to fill in the space beneath the roofline. Side glass is equally nice as is the unique w-shaped rear window. The back of the car features a chrome bumper sitting under the Coronet's distinctive segmented tail lamps with recessed lenses. A final R/T badge rounds out the package and lets drivers behind know that any attempts at passing will be futile.
Under the hood, the original 440 is still in place, cranking out 375hp according to Dodge advertising. The block is a 2536430-8 casting with a casting date of September, 26th 1967. As an early '68 build, the partial VIN is hand-stamped and, as you can see in the pictures, it's a faint marking. Only the first three digits of the partial VIN (112) can be seen clearly. However, authenticity is helped out by the 2258 (Tuesday, October 3rd, 1967) assembly date stamped on the oil pan rail which aligns nicely with the car's October 9th scheduled build date. At the top, a wrinkle finish air cleaner with a correctly decaled pie tin sits over a Holley 4-barrel carburetor. From there, atomized fuel is sent through the original intake manifold before transferring out to the combustion chambers located in the stock cast iron heads. Up front, a stock alternator, power steering pump and fan spin off factory power while a stock radiator sends coolant through Mopar reproduction hoses. Around the powerplant, the bay features the same immaculate paintwork as the rest of the car, accented by a long list of appropriate pieces including the windshield wiper motor, ballast resistor and Mopar battery. Breathing through a set of clean cast iron exhaust manifolds and a factory-style dual exhaust system, the engine starts easily and sounds awesome.
Put this Coronet on a lift and a nicely detailed undercarriage with glossy Burgundy Metallic floorpans comes into view. In the center, an era-correct Torqueflite three-speed automatic applies power to the ground through an 8 ¾” differential filled with highway-friendly 3.23 gears. The suspension remains in its original configuration with torsion bars up front and leaf springs out back but the setup likely presents better than it back in Fall of 1967 when the car was built. As an R/T, the car features heavy duty shocks, a sway bar and an extra leaf in the right rear to accommodate the 440's torque. Steering is power assisted as are the brakes which clamp down on drum brakes at all four corners. While drum brakes get a bad rap among modern enthusiasts, these work well and bring the 3,700lb. car to a stop quickly and drama-free. The show-ready chassis connects to the road through a set of fifteen inch Chrysler wheels wrapped in a combination of BF Goodrich 225/70s and 275/60s.
Open the elongated doors and you'll be greeted by a showroom fresh white vinyl interior. In the 1960s, Chrysler was still in their luxury phase and it shows in the design of this cabin. While the fender tag calls for red vinyl, it's hard to argue with the decision to swap it for a full white interior. The contrast is stunning and all the new pieces make the cockpit feel new all around. From the driver's seat, the wood rimmed three spoke steering wheel extends beyond the well thought out dash. To the far left, controls for lights, flashers and a dimmer for the instrument panel are tucked into neat rectangular housings. Directly in front of the wheel lies the the speedometer/odometer while secondary gauges keep track on alternator output, fuel levels and temperature. There are also controls for the 3-speed wipers with electric washers. In the center, the AM radio remains in its home with climate and defroster controls directly above. Fresh red carpet covers the floors while everything above is white. Behind the cabin, the trunk received the same treatment with a correct mat covering the floor and a full size spare sitting within plain view.
With a great look, excellent execution and attention to detail, and the original engine between the frame rails, this is one to hold on to, whether you're into cruising or investing. If a Mopar B-body has been on your wishlist, don't miss the chance to take home this awesome '68 Coronet R/T.
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