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Georgia Forest Find: 1970 Dodge Coronet

What’s in a name, right? The seller of this Dodge Coronet refers to it as a 1970 Dodge “Viper” coupe, I think that’s an error. It also surfaced on our Barn Finds tip line as a “Super Bee”. Well, that’s closer but not quite right either. In actuality, it appears to be just a generic “440” Coronet two-door hardtop, one of many that Dodge produced in ’70. While not a performance variant, it is still worthy of review. This Coronet is located in Rome, Georgia and is available, here on Facebook Marketplace for $6,000. Thanks to Larry W. for this tip!

Intermediate-sized cars were all the rage in 1970 and every domestic manufacturer had a hand in the action. Dodge built just shy of 115K Coronets of every stripe including two-door hardtops, post coupes, and convertibles, four-door sedans, and station wagons too. The most popular was the model 440 four-door sedan with about 33K units followed by the model 440 two-door hardtop, like this example, posting up with 24K copies.

This Coronet is pictured in what appears to be a pine forest and the moss-covered surfaces attest to years in just such a locale ( I must admit, I’ll never understand the logic in ditching an old car in the woods!). The burned horizontal surfaces, however, indicate lots of outside exposure to the hot Georgia sun. Perhaps attributed to both is all of the rust – the seller suggests that the quarters will need to be replaced though the floor pans are supposedly solid. This Coronet appears to have been topped, at one time, with a vinyl roof cover, evidenced by the C pillar stainless trim, as well as the rust-through around the rear window – a common vinyl top induced malady. If the quarters, and the aforementioned roof/rear window area, are the only places that need metalwork attention, I will be very surprised.

The interior is done, all of it! The seats, dash, carpet, headliner – it will all need to go. I applaud the seller’s extensive interior image inclusion, he’s holding back nothing and giving prospective buyers a pretty good idea of its condition. He states nothing regarding the interior environment, other than the previously mentioned comment about the floors, but he doesn’t need to, a picture is worth a thousand words! The floor shifter is a curious find, it looks like a Hurst manual transmission shifter but it’s not, it actuates an automatic transmission. Don’t care for the steering wheel? No worries, there’s a second one on the floor that may be more to your liking.

Under the hood is a non-running 230 HP (or maybe it should be a zero HP engine at this point), 318 CI V8 engine. There is no mention as to whether the engine is seized or not but at least the keys are included. The seller claims it to be complete and it looks as such but is hard to tell from the sole, off-centered image.

I suppose Mopar mania may ultimately be at work here with the intention of turning this Coronet into something like a Super Bee, (I imagine a Viper is out of the question). Considering what it would take to bring this Dodge back to life, a restored version of how it originated seems an unlikely route. Assuming a buyer bites, I’m betting a high-performance redo, what says you?

Comments

  1. Joe Gotts

    Looks like a “Vulture Bee” to me…

    Like 1
  2. Connecticut mark

    Looks like it was in a swamp

    Like 8
    • Ted-M

      My thoughts too!

      Like 1
  3. Superdessucke

    Special Value is what you get, when you find [a] Coronet.

    Like 4
  4. David Ulrey

    I’m somewhat in the minority. I’ve loved the looks of these since the day they were brand new. A lot of people, even Mopar people do not care for the front end. I love these these the best.

    Like 8
    • rex m

      Reminds me of an Edsel!

      Like 1
  5. Brian

    If it was in Pennsylvania it would have a home in my garage

    Like 2
  6. Kenbone

    Looks like something barfed up in a urinal

    Like 5
  7. Motorcityman

    MOPAR stands for MO MONEY to a lot of peeps!

    Like 1
  8. Desert Rat

    I like the front end of these but the back end is just too long compared to the Plymouth mid size cars, also MOPAR stands for “Money Or Parts Always Required”

    Like 1
  9. Barry Smith

    Interesting that Jim notes about the ad description on Facebook. I see that a lot locally. FB does not list ALL the possible model names and many people do not realized it can be manually typed so they simply select one of the pull-down names and run with it.

    Like 0
  10. JCA Member

    So he pulls it out of the woods, no idea who the owner is because he has no title and wants $6k?

    Like 2
  11. DON

    Lets give this seller some credit , he actually took the time to wash the car and show pics before and after !!

    Like 2
  12. Kevin

    Sorry,as much as I love mopars,hard pass,it would cost a fortune to make nice to never recover the money, best as a parts car,oh Mark Worman,here ya go!

    Like 0
  13. Christopher Gentry

    I personally love the nose on these. Probably my favorite mid size mopar

    Like 1
  14. al

    OMG had the same one, darker green, 318 auto, ran nice, ex body, sold for $100 in ’82

    Like 0
  15. Kevin

    Personally I also like the split chrome grills and overall shape, but don’t like the side scoops or the twin hood scoops like “real”super bees have,prefer The 68 or 69 regular coronet or r/t can do without scoops and stripes etc.just give me the 440 magnum and a solid car and I’m happy!

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  16. Gary Porter

    Bought one for 40 dollars in 1980 and mine was a 500. Much nicer shape too with bucket seats and console. Earl Sceub paint and 2 years later sold it for 850.

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  17. Kevin

    Those were the days,back in the late 80s,I bought a 69 442 for 300,and sold it for 1200 a few months later.it was a great performer, but the body was pretty trashed.400/400,3.42 posi.0-60 in under 6.

    Like 0

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