$39,600 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
- Desirable and well-cared-for “single-year special” R/T Convertible; believed to be one of only 628 produced
- Styling and specification exclusive to the 1967 model year
- Presented in factory-correct color combination of Medium Turquoise Metallic with black cloth top over polychrome white and turquoise vinyl upholstery
- Powered by a 440-cu.-in. Magnum V-8 engine and three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission
- Consignor acquired in early 2016 and has commissioned approximately $11,000 CAD in refurbishment
In late 1966, Dodge released print advertisements announcing the Coronet R/T—short for “Road and Track”—the newest entry to Detroit’s burgeoning battlefield of competing muscle cars. Rather fortuitously for MOPAR enthusiasts and collectors, the first-generation Coronet R/T only managed a single model year before Dodge thoroughly restyled the entire model lineup, and thus the 1967 Coronet R/T is especially sought after as one of Dodge’s most interesting “single-year specials.” Convertibles are particularly scarce, reportedly just six percent of R/T production, with only 628 R/T Convertibles made against 10,181 hardtop coupes, according to the Standard Catalog of American Cars.
In contrast to the standard 1967 Coronet, buyers brave enough to select the R/T model got a heavy-duty suspension, wider wheels, larger disc brakes, bucket seats, special badging, a chrome-finished center console, and an aggressive hood scoop to feed the 375-horsepower, 440-cubic-inch Magnum V-8 engine with a single four-barrel Carter carburetor. A NASCAR-homologated 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 and “four on the floor” transmission was an available option, but in practice the more-than-capable 440 was often paired with a three-speed Torqueflite automatic, as seen here.
This exciting and generously equipped Coronet R/T Convertible was completed at Dodge’s St. Louis, Missouri plant on 17 April 1967 as a direct customer order and finished in Medium Turquoise Metallic over a matching white and turquoise vinyl interior beneath a power-operated black cloth top. Additional factory equipment listed on its trim tag includes R/T delights such as front disc brakes, a center console, front bucket seats, 26-inch radiator, two-watt AM radio, console-shift three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, tinted windshield, 3.23:1 rear axle ratio, and a set of 14-inch red-wall performance tires.
The consignor acquired this R/T in 2016 and has since invested nearly $11,000 CAD in mechanical sorting and cosmetic restoration. Particular effort was made to present this Coronet as correctly as possible. To this end, the consignor sourced a complete set of R/T badges, hard-to-find moldings, and trim pieces which had been lost over the car’s previous half-century of roadgoing enjoyment. Additionally, much of the chrome was replated to show-stopping brightness, beautifully complementing a proper set of Magnum 500 wheels shod in period-style Firestone red-line tires. Mechanically, this R/T’s 440-cubic-inch V-8 was notably furnished with new pistons, piston rings, and valve lifters, with new accessory components, including a fuel pump, water pump, thermostat, condenser, alternator, and 26-inch radiator.