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Lot 618
1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi


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• Numbers matching Hemi four-speed with Dana 60 rear end
• Complete with copy of build sheet and full Galen Govier report
• Highly accurate and original with just one professional repaint since new
• Well-optioned including ramcharger hood, four-speed and bucket seat

426 cid Hemi V-8 engine, 425 HP, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel power drum brakes, independent coil spring front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf springs rear; wheelbase: 117”

The 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi had a long lineage that stretched back over two decades and comprised five distinct generations of design. The Coronet was first released in 1949 as a full-sized vehicle with two lesser trim models beneath it in the lineup, the Wayfarer and Meadowbrook. The Coronet was a conservative, handsome design that featured pontoon fenders and a fair amount of chrome. Dodge launched a completely redesigned Coronet in 1953, which featured the introduction of the optional “Red Ram” 241-cubic-inch Hemi V-8. Two more redesigns followed in 1955 and 1957 when it was enlarged even further and updated with contemporary styling including the upright grille, flat hood, and tail fins for which the era was known. The Coronet name was retired after the 1959 model, but this was far from the end for the Little Crown, as the Coronet reappeared in 1965. The fifth-generation car was now a mid-level offering, riding on the B-body platform, and featuring the svelte, Jet-Age lines dominating the auto industry at the time. Engine choices were many and ranged from a 145 horsepower, 225 cubic-inch slant-six to the 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 featured today. Come 1969, with the muscle car craze in full swing, Dodge crafted an entirely new aesthetic for the R/T. Lines of the 206.6-inch body were ‘Coke bottle-esque’ and more aggressive throughout. This car features all the new design elements, with a recessed, blacked out grille encompassing quad lamps and a full-width chrome bumper up front, a “power bulge” hood, and twin recesses on each quarter panel ahead of the rear wheel arches.

This amazing Coronet was a Dealer Announcement show car and has the costly $605 option for the legendary 426-cubic-inch Hemi “elephant motor.” The Hemi sported a 10.25:1 compression ratio and contained a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons. Dual 625-CFM Carter four-barrel carburetors were mounted to an aluminum intake manifold. Other performance goodies included a “maximum performance” fuel pump, a dual-breaker distributor, and a low-restriction dual exhaust. The result was one of the most powerful engines of the era, churning out a seriously underrated 425 horsepower and 490 lbs-ft of torque. Both the engine and four-speed transmission are fully numbers matching and are ready for the street or the track with the Dana 60 out back with a 3.54 gear ratio. The numbers and data tag present beautifully and a copy of its original broadcast build sheet and a full Galen Govier report both verifying its authenticity are with the car.

If the numbers-matching Hemi engine and four-speed transmission weren't enough, the selected options round out the package. Highly coveted Ramcharger hood, premium trim, bucket seats and console tick some favorite MOPAR boxes. It is also a highly original and unrestored car with just a single repaint in the original Dark Green Metallic color with crisp white bumblebee stripes and a black vinyl top. Everyone knows a car that has not been taken apart always drive the best and this car is a testament to that reality. The fit of the doors, hood and trunk are spot-on, and the F-8 paint finish is excellent, set off by the racy Ramcharger hood, white letter tires and dog dish hubcaps. All of the trim and chrome is likewise in great condition. The original bucket seat interior is also excellent, with clean carpets, fully functional dash, and a cool woodgrain console. One way to know if a car is loved and cared for is if it rarely trades hands. This Hemi comes out of multi-decade, long-term ownership.

If a highly documented 425 HP four-speed MOPAR legend sounds like fun, we couldn’t agree more. With the most potent engine of the era, this documented, numbers matching, ’69 Coronet R/T Hemi four-speed will pretty much outrun all your classic car buddies at the strip and will look great while doing it.

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