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Original 440: 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible

When you wash your hair, several options are available to dry it. You could choose the natural method or break out the hairdryer. Slipping behind the wheel of a classic like this 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible and flooring the gas should also do the job pretty nicely! Leaving wet hair aside, this R/T presents well and is essentially an original survivor. It should offer its next owner power to burn and is guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes. Located in Grafton, Ohio, you will find the Coronet listed for sale here on eBay. The seller has set their BIN at $55,000.

Dodge unveiled its Fifth Generation Coronet for the 1965 model year, with production running until 1970. Exterior styling changes during that period were evolutionary rather than radical, with the Coronet acknowledged as one of the most attractive intermediate-sized cars from that period. Our feature car rolled off the line for the 1969 model year, and it presents well. The seller acknowledges that it received a repaint in its original shade of Medium Green Metallic around thirty years ago, and the paint has held up extremely well. It retains a beautiful depth of color and shine, with no signs of patchiness or matte areas. The panels are straight and true, while the original Black soft-top is in exceptional condition for its age. The trim and glass look excellent, but this R/T continues a recent trend we’ve seen at Barn Finds with classics from this era that have proven to be remarkably well preserved. The Coronet appears to be rock-solid, meaning the welder and grinder stay in the cupboard. The occasional dusting of light surface corrosion is visible on the floors, but there are no signs of penetrating rust.

While many enthusiasts focus on the legendary Hemi when considering a Coronet R/T of this vintage, the 440ci Magnum V8 was no slouch. That’s what we find occupying this classic’s engine bay, and it should produce 375hp. The power feeds through a three-speed TorqueFlite transmission to a 3.55 performance rear end. The original owner also elected to outfit the vehicle with power steering and power brakes. If you’re partial to a rapid wind-in-the-hair experience, this Dodge delivers. The journey down the ¼ mile would take 14.4 seconds, with the needle nudging 132mph before that 440 runs out of breath. The seller claims that the Coronet is numbers-matching, and the only non-original component is electronic ignition. They acknowledge that the engine bay presentation won’t knock your sox off, but the undercoat that was applied when the car was new has protected it from the ravages of the dreaded tin worm. The R/T runs and drives well, making it a turnkey proposition awaiting some summer fun.

The owner-supplied interior photos for this listing are pretty poor, so it’s hard to describe its overall condition accurately. What we see of the Black vinyl upholstery looks good, but the glimpses are brief. There is no information about the state of items like the carpet, but the dash shows promise. There are no cracks or other problems and no signs of aftermarket additions. The dash houses a factory radio, while the Rally gauge cluster includes the ultra-cool Tick-Tock-Tach.

When it was new, this 1969 Coronet R/T Convertible would have cost its original owner around $4,000. That equates to approximately $31,500 today, suggesting that it has been a reasonable long-term investment. However, recent trends indicate that the longer someone retains this classic, the greater the return should be. Values are currently increasing at a rate above the classic market average. If we ignore the trends and consider it purely as a classic car, it offers its new owner a lot. It is structurally sound, strikingly good-looking, and capable of impressive performance. That makes it a winning proposition for the right person. Could that person be you?


  1. Moparman Moparman Member

    “However, recent trends indicate that the longer someone retains this classic, the greater the return should be” A bubble can’t keep expanding forever, it has to burst at sometime. (IMO) Looking at a car as an investment instead of for the love of it, has priced many ordinary Joe’s/younger enthusiasts out of the market. However, this is a beauty, and the next owner should be very happy!
    GLWTA!! :-)

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  2. Will Fox

    Given the price, and overall condition it’s not too bad. You’ll pay alot more for one that’s been restored. Too bad it doesn’t have buckets/console shifter, but that doesn’t detract from this beauty at all. This one’s been cared for and it shows. GLWTA!

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  3. Howie

    Things looked great till i saw the engine.

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    • bw

      Nothing a weekend and some elbow grease won’t fix. It’s actually very easy to pull an engine.

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  4. Michael Berkemeier

    Best example for the money that I have seen in a long time…a third pedal would increase the value by 50% but, hey, I like it all the same.

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  5. Cadmanls Member

    Yep has the dreaded rusty coolant leakage many older Mopars have done. Not necessarily a death warrant with these older Chrysler cars. But indication the cooling system may need some attention. Surprised the owner didn’t clean that up. Nice looking car though.

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  6. Bwana

    I loved how they called these an R/T. Might be okay on the road, but track? Only a race track that is 1/4 mile long and in a straight line. Plus with body flex from the convertible?

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