1 Of 162? 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi

The Coronet nameplate had a long run at Dodge, covering periods between 1949-76. For the 5th generation (1965-70), it was a mid-size car that was largely built for family consumption but could be had with the most powerful options available back in the day. That included a 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 like the one found in this 1967 Coronet R/T. With an automatic transmission, it could be one of just 162 built that year (hardtops and convertibles) and this one is said to have just 4,000 miles on it. Was this automobile locked away for more than 50 years in a time capsule or has it been restored? We don’t know as there are no details on the history of the car provided by the selling dealer. While the car appears on Hemmings Classifieds, the dealer listing offers a U.S. selling price of $69,995 here on johnscotti.com. The dealer and the car are in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Our thanks to Barn Finder Boot for turning us on to this potential treasure. When the Coronet name was moved to the intermediate line in 1965, muscle car versions were offered, including those under the R/T (Road/Track) banner. The R/T came with a 440 V8 as standard equipment with the Hemi being available starting in 1966. It was only offered in hardtop or convertible body styles and when the Hemi was ordered in one of those cars, it carried a stout (for the day) additional cost of $908. In 1967, 283 Coronets were built with the Hemi and more than half of those had a Torqueflite automatic, as is the case with this car.

A car as rare as this one purports to be should have a history shared by the seller. Yet all the dealer says about it is to “stay tuned for description, call for any information.” Sure, it comes with a build sheet and cowl tag that can be decoded for how this car was built, but what has it been doing for the past 54 years and why does it only have 4,015 miles on it? The only photos provided are glamour shots taken by the seller and – not while we’re saying that’s the case here – they could have been touched up.

If this is a completely original car right down to the lug nuts, how has it survived so well? If it’s a restoration, someone spent far more than the asking price to bring this black beauty with a white and black interior up to the shape that it’s in today. Given what these kinds of cars are going for now, the asking price sounds reasonable as you couldn’t replicate this Dodge for this kind of money.

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Comments

  1. CCFisher

    The first year for the Coronet R/T was 1967. Prior to that, the top-of-the-line was the Coronet 500, which wasn’t available with the 440.

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    • tom wasil

      from the dealer 90 days or 90 feet warranty

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  2. Miguel - Mexican Spec

    It is too bad the US cars didn’t have the Charger front end this year like the Mexican cars had.

    That would be cool, a hemi Coronet with flip around headlights.

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  3. Mark

    The photos shown on johnscotti.com show front disc brakes. The build sheet specifies drum brakes. This may be a clone.

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  4. Allen L

    I’m in Canada, if I win the 6/49 lottery tonight, tomorrow I’m buying this beast.
    Wish me luck.

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    • Angrymike

      Good luck, fren ! Be sure to stop outside Cleveland to take me for a ride, or let me drive it, never have driven in or got a ride in an old hemi !
      🤔😁😂😂😂

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  5. Matt G

    Very attractive car. One thing I noticed is according to the documentation they show, it came with HD 11″ drum brakes front and rear, but appears now to have disc brakes in the front.

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    • Miguel - Mexican Spec

      I can’t fault somebody for doing that. If I had a Hemi under the hood I would want every chance at stopping that thing too.

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    • Skorzeny

      No vehicle currently being driven on todays roads should have front drum brakes. If it’s parked in a museum, fine… They belong in history where they came from.

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      • piston poney

        if you wanna pay for everyone to change em over go for it but my chevelle (Malibu 350) is staying front dum, (for now)

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  6. cold340t

    For those obsessing over the disc brake conversion… Can’t go any faster then You can Stop! Or shouldn’t! People holding on to the drums are why so many are wrecked. Safety first.

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    • MrBZ

      I don’t think they are obsessing over the disc brake conversion. It is odd that someone would make that swap and let the car sit for decades, or make the swap recently on a car they plan to sell as a low mileage classic that may lose considerable value if you drive it.

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  7. Melton Mooney

    11″ mopar drum brakes is a solid braking system for its day; better than most of its disc/drum contemporaries. Customer demand for the ‘new’ discs, rather than stopping ability, drove disc sales at the time.

    Worse brakes I ever owned on a car was four wheel disc on an IROC Camaro. Even worse are the discs on my wifes HD Sportster 883, a motorcycle which should be banned everywhere.

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    • Tomahawk

      I’ll disagree with you on the front drum brakes on these cars. My cousin had a 67 Coronet R/T with a 440 Magnum and it was a beast. A heavy beast. It would go like crazy but suffered severe brake fade when stopping from high speed. Discs are better.

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    • John S Dressler

      As someone who actually had to drive a 72 Plymouth Fury III police car with drum brakes, discs are better!!! One of the things you were taught by your field training officer is that during the course of a car chase, you only got about 3 or 4 hot stabs on those drum brakes after which, you had NO brakes. Several police cars slammed into fixed objects or other cars when the officers driving them tried to drive beyond the limit of those drum brakes. When the 75 model year Fury III was put into service with the disc brakes, the problem was solved.

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  8. John

    A very nice job of polishing the phillips screws holding on the VIN plate. I never did trust those crummy old rivets. I just wonder why the Vin plate has some oxidation and a bent top side. It surely seems like Chrysler used an old one on this car. Sure is pretty, though.

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  9. John Muller

    Is it possible that this car travelled it’s reported very low miles like Dominick Torreto? A 1/4 mile at a time and has since been restored?

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  10. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Barn Find? Call me mister fuddy-duddy. I like my finds to be still in, or fresh out of, the barn. I could tell from the thumbnail photo that this wasn’t some underpriced recently uncovered, neglected auto.

  11. gaspumpchas

    To beat the disc / drum comparison to death, between the brake fade
    from heating up the circumfrence of the drum, and boiling the brake fluid. I worked at an ARCO station that was at the bottom of Blueberry Mountain in NY state. Had many stop by with no brakes I’d buy them a soda out of the machine and tell them to wait till the brakes cooled off. Simpler times and discs definitely helped. IN 1970 many car mfgs were transitioning to discs. but- I miss the good old days. Good luck and stay safe.
    Cheers
    GPC

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  12. Comet

    I’m calling it restored. I can’t believe Chrysler spent that much time, labor, and resources, applying gloss paint to the inner fenders, wheel wells and floor pans. A beautiful car nonetheless.

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  13. Keith

    Love the Old Hemi cars. Not the fastest car until you get a little more gear in the back. 3:23 was a good highway gear but a set of 4:10 gears would wake these cars up to nobody would beat them. Solid lifters back then were a mandatory maintenance item that had to be done.

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  14. Greg

    I vote clone. Among things already mentioned, I have never seen a Coronet
    R/T survivor with GTX tailpipes…..

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  15. Codyco

    You say 69K they say 99K.

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