1968 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible 383 Project

A muscle car shop specializing in the Mopar B body would find itself inundated with an endless supply of the baddest and most handsome cars of the day. Pop the hood on a Charger, Road Runner, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona, or the namesake Super Bee and you’ll see the same B Body firewall and shock tower arrangement. It’s a reassuring feeling for a mechanic to relax in that comfortable space; it’s like coming home. This 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible in West Creek, New Jersey seeks a new owner here on eBay where over a dozen bids have driven the market value above $5000.

On the spectrum of beastly “B’s,” this 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 convertible in West Creek, New Jersey sits near the high end. In Dodge vernacular, “500” generally marked the top trim level. Unlike the mid-level “440,” this 500 will rarely cause passers-by to read the script and expect an engine of the same displacement.

The Green and More Green color scheme brands the Coronet as a child of its era, but in a sea of red, black, and silver, these authentic hues stand out. Like many convertibles, this one comes with more rust than you’d expect from a hard-top of the same visible condition, though under-car pictures show a structurally solid platform. Sure; you might have hoped it was loaded with power everything, but the 500 trim adds some class to the Dodge’s sporty new-for-’68 sheet metal, and those crank windows won’t leave you cussing accessories that fail at the worst times, like at a toll booth.

The apparently unmolested 383 suggests a life with minimal hot-rodding. The seller has possession of new quarter-panels, a new convertible top, and other parts, though it’s not clear if they are included in the No Reserve auction. Sound the trumpets! This car *will* sell to the highest bidder. Picture this ride restored to full double-green glory, top down, your favorite humans on board, cruising Florida’s A1A or La Jolla, the 383 burbling happily, not a care in the world. Where would you cruise this sweet Coronet?

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  1. Dan

    I’m not a fan of slushboxes, and I’m not really a convertible guy, so this Coronet isn’t for me. But the buyer will certainly enjoy it once it’s back on the road. One of my favorite open-air drives would be California Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Monterey.

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  2. steve

    You can buy this all done and rust free for 19k in California on For B Bodies Only. Look closely on the torsion bar anchoridge and you can see the typical rust ‘welded plate’ repair trick!

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  3. JBP Member

    the Frame rails beside tank is also rusty. but nice projekt, at a fair startprice

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    • steve

      Shock towers ,bottom of doors, most of the pinch welds/seams, this car is sitting by the sea!

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    Yea steve doesn’t look like this baby was on a salt free diet! Good thorough inspection needed but the guy has lots of pics. Good luck!
    Cheers
    GPC

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  5. TimM

    Great find for a northern car!! Don’t see many around!!!

  6. don

    When was a kid back in Connecticut in 1981 I worked at a grocery store with a woman who owned the identical car , and it was already in worse shape than this one – ran like crap, dinged and faded, a top of duct tape all over the top, a bright red seat to replace the original green one and horribly rusted out rear quarters , so bad that none of the taillights worked. I remember telling her many times that she should get it fixed or she would get pulled over , but she said it wasn’t worth fixing . One day she was there but no Dodge- She said going home the night before some guy rear ended her , and of course it was totaled. The worst part about it was the other guy got the ticket for hitting her !

  7. Del

    No butt thanks.

    I would cruise it right to the crusher after parting it

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