Very Nice Daily Driver: 1966 Dodge Coronet 440

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Barn Finder Miguel has certainly had his eyes open, and he has spotted this rather nice 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 for us to look at. So, thank you for that Miguel. What we have here is not a 100% original car, it is not a numbers matching car. What this is, is a neat and tidy car that the current owner is using as a daily driver. If it is the sort of daily driver that appeals to you, then you will find it listed for sale here on Craigslist. It is located in Orange County, California, and is being offered for sale with a clean title.

The owner claims that the Coronet is rust-free, and the good quality photos that he supplies tends to confirm this. The paint is not original, as the car underwent a repaint a few years back. The paint and trim all look really good, and those nice new Magnum Wheels, complete with equally new BF Goodrich tires, look just right on the car.

I said that the car isn’t numbers matching, but it is home to a 440 V8 and a TorqueFlite transmission. A Police Interceptor was the former home for this engine, and it now pumps out a healthy 400hp. The car is also fitted with new shocks all around, and the owner says that the brakes are also good. He says that it was an A/C car, but it looks like this may have been removed, as I can’t see the compressor. However, I can see that it is fitted with power steering.

The interior also isn’t stock, but it has undergone a full re-trim. The seats, headliner, door trims, and carpets all look new. The dash is in good condition, but it has a cover over it, so we can’t see the condition of the pad. The car has also been fitted with an aftermarket stereo, with speakers in the rear parcel tray. If this was an original car, then I would probably be against this. However, it is not even pretending to be original, so I’m okay with the aftermarket equipment.

This is a really nice looking Dodge that appears to be rust-free. It would be unfair to compare its value with a stock, numbers matching car, because it simply isn’t that. You have to look at it as a really well presented used 440 with a few nice upgrades that is being used as a daily driver. The owner is asking $13,500 for the Coronet. How does that price sit with you?

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  1. ChebbyMember

    One of the best c-pillar designs ever. So much better than the big blocky “formal” rooflines on the same-year T-Birds.

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  2. Billybo

    I had the convertible version of this car. A buddy and i drove it around the country (literally) in a 5 week adventure in 1988. Great car!

    Like 6
  3. Troy s

    That’s a really nice looking machine, the fact it’s not an all original numbers matching blah-blah makes it a fun car to Drive and tinker with.
    Curious what year of pursuit car the 440 came from, the ’69’s were the strongest runners from what little I know, at least in California. Sharp.

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  4. Miguel

    This is a 1967 Coronet Sedan from Mexico. You can see the Charger grille on it.

    The guy has the switch flipped on the dash to have the headlights stay exposed.

    This is a very rare car as it has a V8, auto and fender skirts, which is something I have never seen on a Mexican car.

    It is really nice inside and out.

    Like 11

      I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a Cornet with fender skirts…nice!

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  5. Raymond

    My buddy had this exact looking Coronet back in early 2000s. was a stick, some loser made it auto. 440 not in it / had 383. looks good in Red.

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    • r spree

      Coronet 440’s don’t come with 440’s any more than a Coronet 500 comes with a 500. It’s just a series number. The vast majority of the Coronet 440’s probably had 318’s… and many of the Coronet 500’s did also. (The 500 came with buckets and console.)

      My brother’s 66 Coronet 500 had a 383.

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  6. mainlymuscle

    I knew this would be a deal,as soon as I saw that Miguel was the contributor,as he is a notorious cheapskate (in a good way Lol ).I was right ,as this some pretty,Big block Mopar C pillar for,small block cash .Nice find Miguel.

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  7. Del

    Nice driver

    Price probably negotiable

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  8. davec

    The Coronet had three trim levels in 1966
    -Coronet 440
    – Coronet 500
    The 440 engine did not appear in Mopars until the following year, 1967. I own a ’66 Coronet 440 with its original 318 (polyspherical) engine. But it was upgraded to a dual 4 barrel. The intake was from a ’58 Fury I believe. It is also red with a white interior. Nice car that you don’t see too often.

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  9. Ken

    Nice car, but I can’t imagine daily-driving this gas hog. I’d have to take out a bank loan to afford it.

    Like 1
  10. stillrunners

    Nice….lot’s of work done on that one….

    Like 0

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