Stalled for a Decade: 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T

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This 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T is a restoration project that has stalled. The current owner says that a fair amount of work has already been completed, but the new owner may face some re-work to get the car to its best. Located in Royal Oak, Michigan, the Coronet is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding is now sitting at $10,001, but the reserve hasn’t been met. I suspect that it isn’t far off the mark though, as there is a BIN option which has been set at $13,000.

When the current owner purchased the Coronet back in 2010, it was basically as you see it now, except that the body was mounted on a rotisserie. He got it back to a roller to move it around, but the project has proceeded no further. It appears that any rust issues in the car have been addressed, but the owner does state that some of this will need some work to bring it up to a high standard. The car was originally finished in Black with the White Bumble Bee stripe. It looks like it has undergone at least one color change during its life, but it should be a pretty tough looking car if the next owner restores the paint to original.

The original interior trim for the Coronet included white bucket seats and no center console. There will be plenty of work to do inside the car, but the good news is that many of the basic parts remain with the car. The supplied photos confirm that the original radio is missing, but the rest of the trim items that are present look like they’re in pretty good condition. The next owner’s shopping list looks like it will include door and rear passenger trims, a headliner, seat covers, and carpets.

The news gets a bit better when we delve into the engine bay of the Coronet. Lurking under the hood is the original, numbers-matching 440ci V8, producing 375hp. Backing the 440 is the original 4-speed manual transmission, while the owner also believes that the Dana 60 rear end might also be original. That engine was rebuilt to original specs prior to the current owner purchasing the car, and he states that he has heard it running and that it sounded healthy. What is missing is the original distributor, along with the original carburetor. Looks like the next owner will be searching for date-correct replacement items if they wish to protect the car’s originality.

The owner of this Coronet R/T appears to be keen for the right person to come along and return the car to its former glory. This certainly appears to be possible, and while some people will hesitate to take on a project at this stage, at least the next owner can get a good look at what they’re buying, and should be able to ascertain just how much work will be required to finish the car off. He also says that he has set the BIN price to reflect what is going to be needed to complete the restoration, so this could be an interesting project car to park in your workshop.

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  1. Retired Stig

    A ton of possibilities here! One of which is that it will cost a ton of money to get the body work done correctly, and it will be a huge waste of time. Another is that there is a ton of work which will be overwhelming, and unless the current owner carefully tagged and bagged all the parts, the car will never be finished.
    Still, a very worthwhile project, especially if it can be purchased for less than $10k and is reasonably complete. Sorry about the ‘ton’ theme, no idea where that came from.

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    • Jimmy

      I agree and a TON of money is a old term for wasteful spending my dad would use, It’s a lot better term than I use,

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  2. Del

    Where is the back window ?

    Thats probably 3 grand if you can find one.

    Appears some side glass missing too.

    Some one heard the engine running 🤣

    What I see is not worth 5 grand

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  3. George mattar

    I guarantee many parts are missing. Factory black Chrysler muscle cars are scarce, but the amount of work needed for a car worth maybe $40,000 tops when done is money wasted.

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  4. stillrunners

    Have three of those back windows – and yes I’ll take three grand for ALL of them – Del you could be making some money !!!!!

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    • Del

      Some guys have all the good stuff 😉

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  5. cunnanm

    Glass is easy unless you want date coded. I have a 71 Barracuda windshield and rear window behind my living room couch that my wife would love to lose. I just keep them as spares while trying to fix my 73 worthless collector wise 318 street machine.

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  6. BoatmanMember

    Those seats will look like new with a good clean, right Adam?

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  7. mjf

    Those seat remind me of planes trains and automobiles .. .
    Project with a capital P..

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  8. PRA4SNW

    Sold for $10,500.

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  9. don

    I’d like to believe its an original black R/T , but I’m wondering if the body tags are for this particular car ; other than some spray paint ,I dont see black paint anywhere – I do see red on the floors (maybe primer) and under some undercoating, but the firewall , cowl and inner fenders are gold

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  10. TimM

    Lots of work to do!!!

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