If customers didn’t want the flashy Super Bee package, Dodge offered the Coronet R/T as a version of the Coronet 500. Naturally a HEMI engine was offered and it became the ultimate version.
Like all 1970 Coronets, the R/T received a split-grill and double headlights which distinguished the year. Specific to the R/T model were scoops on the hood and rear fender. Performance upgrades included a heavy-duty suspension and the big-block engines. Optional features included a Rallye instrument cluster, four-speed transmission, High Performance Axle Group, a Sure-Grip Differential and the Air Scoop Ram Charger Hood.
The Coronet was offered in some high-impact colors including Plum Crazy, Sublime Lime, Go-Mango, Hemi Orange and Banana Yellow.
1970 was the final year for Coronet HEMI production and 2,319 were made that year.
This wonderful 1970 Dodge Coronet “Hemi” R/T Hardtop is painted in its original Plum Crazy color and as ordered has no racing stripe. The typical-of-the-time color is further highlighted by its brilliant chrome. Inside, the white vinyl interior further enhances the look of this “Hemi” R/T Hardtop. Yet, although a definite “looker”, it is what is under the hood that most enthusiasts get really excited about. True – the smooth running, powerful 426 cubic inch V8 engine is beautifully detailed, but it is the rumble of that Hemi that will bring a broad smile to everyone’s face.
At the 1997 Mopar Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana this fine example scored an impressive 1923 points out of a possible 2000 and was awarded a highly-prized Gold Certificate. This certificate and many more documents including the original bill of sale accompany the Hemi R/T in the sale.
According to a research document from the Chrysler Historical Collection, 1970 was the last year for the Dodge Coronet R/T hardtops and only 2,319 were built. Out of that low figure just thirteen Hemi hardtops were built and only four hardtops came equipped with the Hemi engine and a four-speed transmission. All this makes a Hem-powered Dodge Coronet R/T hardtop a very rare and desirable muscle car to have in your garage.