1970 Dodge HEMI Coronet R/T


1970 Dodge HEMI Coronet R/T

1970 Dodge HEMI Coronet R/T

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.

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
built atUSA
production2319
engineChrysler Hemi V8
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
displacement6981 cc / 426 in³
power316.9 kw / 425 bhp
specific output60.88 bhp per litre
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesDiscs
rear brakesDrums

 

 

Auction Sales History

 

1970 Dodge Coronet – sold for $156,750

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.

Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview