Admittedly the Coronet isn’t known as the most sought after Mopar, but this 1966 Coronet 440 barn find has a great look to it and should be a bargain. The seller doesn’t know much about the history of the car, but it’s obvious that this car wasn’t ever messed with. This unmolested Coronet can be found on eBay with a current bid of $3,000 or at the seller’s restoration shop MidSouthern Restorations in Cookeville, TN.
The Coronet was Dodge’s “Car of many hats” and as such came in many configurations throughout its 20 year life span. The Coronet could be had as anything from a four door family hauler to a two door dragster. This Coronet 440 was just short of being a real dragster, as it came with the 383 instead of the 426 Hemi, but was still a formidable street machine.
While this car is original, it has definitely seen better days. The interior is rough and the driver’s seat looks as if it got in a fight with a bear, and we think we know who won that fight. The exterior of the car could probably be left in its current condition, if the rust is properly treated. But the interior is going to need some work to even be useable. Thankfully the Coronet was one of the most popular cars in the Dodge lineup in ’65 and ’66, so parts are plentiful and relatively cheap.
The best part of this car is the 383 V8, which was rated from the factory at 270 hp. Sadly the seller doesn’t know whether the engine runs or not, but if it does this car could be a fun runner. The 383 was one step down from the big street Hemi and while it doesn’t produce nearly as much power as the Hemi, it was still a potent engine for the Coronet.
This Coronet is going to take some work to get it looking a running great again, but the Coronet is a much more affordable alternative to a Charger or Challenger and is nearly as potent. We like the way this car looks right now, but the rust is going to need something done to it, which will likely ruin the original patina in the process. If this car doesn’t go up much more, it will be a great bargain and a fun project.