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Pick of the Day: 1967 Dodge Coronet hardtop with surprisingly low mileage

Apparently all-original R/T driven just over 26,000 miles is powered by a 440 Magnum

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It continues to amaze me how many super-nice cars survive through multiple decades with ultra-low mileage, such as this 440-powered Dodge Coronet.  We see a surprisingly number of them advertised on the ClassicCars.com marketplace, with a significant percentage supporting their low-mileage claims with documentation.

Many of those are pricey exotic supercars, artworks made to be admired and, occasionally, driven.  And there are those cars that are bought and squirreled away as investment commodities, such as the myriad 2005-2006 Ford GTs that frequently come to auction with 4-digit mileage, or less.

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Then there are such cars as the Pick of the Day, a 1967 Dodge Coronet 2-door hardtop that in its 54 years of existence has been driven just 26,708 miles.  I find that bizarre and uncanny.  How does this happen?  Why purchase such a cool and usable car and then never drive it?

This was not any kind of investment vehicle from the get go, so why not derive some enjoyment out of owning it?  These cars are made to be driven, not stand in the corner like potted plants. 

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But no matter how weird, the Coronet’s unblemished hardly driven history now makes it special indeed. 

“This is a survivor that looks as nice as a restored car,” says the Volo, Illinois, dealer advertising the Coronet on ClassicCars.com. “Inside and out is beautiful. This is a rare find for a serious collector. 

“Four owners and they all know each other. The 3rd owner was a collector and kept it in a dry storage with his other cars the last 22 years. He passed away and a lifelong friend (car collector) bought the car and pulled it from hibernation. He spent about $11,000 servicing the car while being careful to maintain its authenticity. Receipts are included.”

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The Coronet is powered by a 440 Magnum V8, rated at 375 horsepower, that has been completely serviced to put it back on the road, with many new and rebuilt components, the seller says.  The engine is linked with a 727 Torqueflite automatic transmission, and “the brake system was completely gone through and rebuilt.”

“The body is absolutely straight with zero rust or damage,” the dealer adds. “The gaps are square and flush. It’s actually claimed to have all of its original paint. It shows beautifully. Stand next to it and it looks like a fresh show paint job.

coronet, Pick of the Day: 1967 Dodge Coronet hardtop with surprisingly low mileage, ClassicCars.com Journal

“The upholstery and cushions are excellent. The bucket-seat trim and seat backs are mint. Excellent original carpet, it has deluxe seat belts. The door panels are real nice original. The headliner is mint and tight, visors are mint, dome light works. The dash area is in excellent shape. The steering wheel horn ring is sparkling.

“It has a vintage Sun tachometer and a Stuart Warner oil pressure gauge. New dimmer switch, blower motor and sill plates.”

coronet, Pick of the Day: 1967 Dodge Coronet hardtop with surprisingly low mileage, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Coronet looks to be quite a find for any Mopar enthusiast, a step back in time with low-mileage originality.  The asking price is $59,998.

 To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hey fellas that’s a rare find. The car I’ve seen recently at a car show was family owned since day one , was a 69 1/2 A 12 road runner all original. This find sits right next it . And your price is a fair asking price . I gotta say I’d be afraid to drive it , what a gem

  2. The R/T was quite popular back when I was in High School. A 440 was more than capable of holding its own against anyone that wanted to challenge it. This sounds like a good buy.

  3. Found one of these in the weeds once. Man wanted $800 for it. Only difference was it had the console automatic. Interesting thing about the R/T, the only engine option other than the 440 was the 426 Hemi.

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