1966 Dodge Coronet 500
1966 Dodge Coronet 500
If you're asking yourself what a Coronet is, then you wouldn't be alone. The Coronet is a car that we always forget has been around since the late '40s. As a 4-door sedan, it started life as a mid-sized post-war car that was somewhat up-scale in relative to its Dodge brothers and sisters As the years went by, its core competency didn't change much as it was still a 4-door sedan in standard form but once Chrysler started building their muscle car era-defining V8s, things changed for the Coronet.
For consignment, a White Hat Boys Company version of the 1966 Coronet. This one has a fire breather 440ci V8 Wedge now under the hood, several recent new parts put on, and steel panels that were formed by machinery, that left us fab gaps and bathed with a respray red paint.
This unassuming car presents as a grocery getter at first glance. However, when one looks closely there are many factors that say otherwise. The dual headlight front grille is flat and has an electric shaver styled grille in shiny chrome. This panel is halved in the center by a vertical strut, and surrounding the outside is a wrap-around trimming which presents a slightly misaligned at the hood/quarter panel seam. A bumper below is tucked neatly into the bottom, and on either side of the headlights is an angled inward signal light. A smooth long hood bathed in a respray of red paint, is flanked by the front quarters which are trimmed in the wheel wells with aluminum and sport Coronet badging in the front. Doors are hung very straight, have shiny mirrors and handles on them, and a trimming for the gaps at the rear of each door. Underneath is a stainless steel rocker trimming. For the rear quarters it starts getting more exciting as there is a flare that has some faux venting on it which frames the rear tires and wheels, and this thins at the back of the rear quarters. Above an ever thinning B pillar eventually lands on the top of the rear quarters and is trimmed in chrome for the drip edges and windows. A long trunk deck wraps around the back of the car and a horizontal trim with DODGE badging is on the center of flared outward taillights. Another clean bumper hangs below. 15-inch Cragar Street Star polished wheels are on all 4 corners and framed nicely by the trimmed wheel wells all around.
The consigner states the interior is original, and it is all in very good preserved condition. Black horizontal stitched panels are reserved for the center of the doors where the actuator and armrest and the window crank are located. The bottom panel is black carpeting, and the top sill is painted black metal. Long horizontal trimmings delineate these door panels. Inside the tuck and roll continues in earnest with bomber styles buckets that have many rows of tuck and rolling and smooth bolsters. A bit of chrome trimming to the edges adds bling. An aluminum paneled center console is between these snazzy buckets, and it races towards the dash with a floor shifter inserted. Just prior to the dash is a factory tachometer mounted on the console. Seen is a wood rimmed steering wheel fronting an original dash which is very clean and covered in black with lots of trimmings surrounding the instruments. The rear bench, with more tuck and roll, is in very nicely preserved condition and stretches from black covered side panel to side panel. Black carpeting floods the floors, and above is a nice tight headliner.
A flip of the hood, and in a gleaming red engine bay, now resides a super looking and performing 440ci V8 circa 1966-1972. This has an Edelbrock carburetor on top in 4bbl format, and fuel and air flows through an aluminum intake. All new plugs and hoses are seen, and no rust is present save for the exhaust manifold. Orange bathes the block, and it sports chromed valve coverings. On the back is an A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission. An 8-3/4-inch rear axle spins the back tires.
Underneath, some slight surface rust is noted but all structurally sound with plenty of undercoating still attached to the floor pan and inner fenders. Noted also is a new fuel tank and lines, and a new steering box. The torsion bar front suspension has been recently rebuilt, and leaf springs are on the back. Drum brakes are provided by the factory and are on all 4 corners.
This car drives like there is no tomorrow! Plenty of 440ci power, smooth acceleration and automatic shifting as we get up to speed in a hurry. Nice handling for a large car, and the interior provided plenty of comfort and room, and all functions were working just fab!
This car is Red hot! Literally with the deep end of the pool red paint, Cragar wheels, 440ci Wedge engine, 4-barrel carburetor, and original major tuck and roll paneled interior. Definitely worth a look as it's a classic muscle car from the movement's infancy, and all looking great!
P-Premium Price Class
23-2 Door Hardtop
1-Lynch Rd, MI Assy Plant
121203-Sequential Unit Number
AB51-361ci V8 2bbl
C5-3 Speed Automatic
R1-2 Watt Am Radio
SD NUMBER A0509059-October 5th Build
BDY WP23-Coronet 500 2 Door Hardtop
TR P4X-Black Vinyl
PAINT PP1B-Bright Red, Black Upper Door Frames
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