77k Original Miles: 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 440

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We’ve recently seen a few excellent examples of Mopar muscle crossing our desks at Barn Finds, and this 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T continues that trend. It probably isn’t perfect, but it appears to be a tidy, high-end driver with 77,000 original miles on the clock. The seller feels it is time for it to find a new home, and the strong interest suggests plenty of people are willing to park it in their garage.

The R/T variant joined the Coronet range in 1967, with the car joining the rest of the range in receiving a minor facelift in 1968. The R/T was typical of the prevailing muscle car sector, with 10,900 buyers taking home a vehicle offering mind-numbing performance. That doesn’t make it the rarest car on the planet, but it still represented a relatively small percentage of the 196,242 Coronets produced across all model variants during that year. The seller describes this classic’s Code S Yellow paint as “nice,” although there are probably more accurate terms. It retains a pleasing shine, and if there are defects, they are too minor to show in the supplied photos. The panels are as straight as an arrow, and the Black vinyl top is a recent replacement. There is no evidence of rust, and the seller doesn’t mention previous or existing issues in their listing. The trim is in good order for a driver-grade vehicle, and the glass is seemingly flawless.

This Coronet’s interior continues the unmolested theme, with the fire extinguisher the only noticeable addition. The dash houses the original radio, while the Black vinyl trim is free from significant wear or imperfections. The carpet exhibits no wear, the dash is excellent, and the pad hasn’t succumbed to UV damage. Muscle cars are renowned for their performance, but this classic seems to take it to a higher level. The speedometer is pegged at 70mph when the vehicle isn’t moving. There is some form of problem that will probably require specialist attention to fix. Otherwise, there are no apparent issues or faults.

You know you are dealing with a genuinely special car when the entry-level engine is a 440ci V8 producing 375hp and 480 ft/lbs of torque. That is what we find hiding under this Coronet’s hood. The first owner teamed the 440 with a three-speed TorqueFlite transmission and power assistance for the steering and brakes. The only other engine offered to 1968 R/T buyers was the legendary 426ci Hemi, but with that adding an eye-watering $908 to the sticker price, it is easy to see why 7,751 Hardtop buyers selected the 440. After all, with the ability to scorch the ¼-mile in 14.3 seconds on its way to 132mph, the monster motor didn’t ask for respect…it demanded it! The seller claims this beauty has a genuine 77,000 miles on the clock without indicating whether they hold verifying evidence. They say it runs and drives well, suggesting all the winning bidder needs to do is hand over the cash to drive off into the sunset.

This 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T has attracted twenty-six bids since the seller listed it here on eBay in DeLand, Florida. The action has pushed the price to $18,700, which is below the reserve. There is often a significant disparity between values quoted by organizations like NADA and Hagerty and the prices classic cars achieve in real-world situations. However, this is an occasion where there seems to be a consensus, suggesting bidding will probably need to hit around $28,000 before threatening the reserve. Do you think it will get there? More importantly, are you tempted to be the person that makes it happen? I wish you luck if you do.

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  1. Nevada1/2rack Nevada1/2rackMember

    Very nice example, and yes tempting though the back seat isn’t big enough to sleep in (which would be a requirement should I bid and win..).
    Y’hafta admit, any car that’s so fast that it has a fire extinguisher next to the driver and it’s going 70MPH sitting still is pretty cool..

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  2. Steve R

    Nice looking car. Thankfully there is a picture of the speedometer to verify mileage.

    Steve R

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  3. djhuff

    That’s right Steve, if the speedometer is stuck on 70 MPH with the car parked, I’m sure the odometer is 100% accurate.

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  4. JohnfromSC

    On a Mopar, speedometer and odometer only share drive cable, else they are independent. So, odometer is likely to be correct even if speedometer is inoperative.

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  5. djhuff

    John, I’m not a Mopar expert. I have six Chevys and a 65 Belvedere. My car has three cables coning out of the cable shift TorqueFlite. One for the speedometer, one for Drive/neutral/reverse/ and one for park. I used to be decent at adjusting everything, but that was 20 years ago when we rebuilt it.

    My point is if the speedometer cable broke and stuck the speedometer needle at 70 MPH, the odometer “likely” isn’t turning either. Hopefully the problem is the cable. Rebuilding the gages, if that’s the problem, will be a lot more expensive.

    At 77,000 miles, the odometer reading on this is one telling me it’s a nice survivor, but not real low mileage so mileage doesn’t matter a lot anyway.

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  6. Stan

    Id move the fire extinguisher 🧯 to the trunk. Nice Mopar 👌

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    • Paolo

      Too far away when trouble starts. I keep mine mounted in the same spot on the trans tunnel.

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  7. Jon Calderon

    Beautiful car! Paint shines like glass! Could I afford it? No.

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  8. Ffred

    I figured this car would show up at auction soon. About 2 months ago it and a half dozen other MOPARS sold at an estate sale in Newark Ohio….. CHEAP!

    https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/1968-dodge-coronet-yellow-77-812-actual-miles-vin_5D4461BA82/

    https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-catalog/antique-modern-classic-vehicle-auction_AAA32OCSOS#

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    • Steve R

      Thanks for the information. Whoever bought it got a good deal.

      Steve R

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    • Steve R

      The seller listed it for auction a few weeks, it was bid up to $38,500, but the sale was never completed. I’d bet it finished over $30k, whether or not it meets reserve us another question. I think people are pulling back with their spending, I wouldn’t auction an expensive item right now, I’d list it at a fixed price instead.

      Steve R

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  9. Ffred

    I never thought for a second that any of those cars would sell cheap if I had I would have bid. Same thing last year. A ’69 427 Vette sold for $6500, a stash of 4 or 5 1970 Dodge R/T models sold between 7,000 and 16K. Deals are out there mainly from us old guys passing on.

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    • Steve R

      There are and always have been good deals for those willing to put in the work and keep an open mind. You are right, there are a lot of the good deals are from estates being cleared largely because many don’t draw in a wide buyers pool. Good deals, like this R/T when it was sold at the estate auction are outliers, they don’t represent the market for muscle cars as a whole.

      Steve R

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  10. stillrunners stillrunnersMember

    Wrong wheels and that paint overspray just don’t look right…..my 2 cents….

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