Often imitated but rarely seen, they only made 10,900 1968 Dodge
Coronet R/Ts (hardtops and convertibles total), making any real R/T
is a cherished classic today. So you know it's something truly
special to find a exceptionally restored and preserved example that
is correct right down to the vinyl roof, AM radio, and likely
numbers-matching 440 V8.
The Chrysler B-bodies of this era seemed to follow a variation on Theodore Roosevelt's adage of, "Speak softly but carry a big stick." You see it immediately in the way the subtle yellow paint hides the body's wide, dominating presence. But it doesn't use big ornamentation to show its aggression. Instead, it carries a simple wide chrome bumper that looks like the huge grin of a man who knows he can beat up every last person in the joint, but he'd rather just enjoy his beverage... for now. And just like an understated hero, this coupe gets its fundamentals right with serious investments in getting the factory-correct paint to look great in the sunlight and the panels laser straight. A car this cool couldn't hide all of its street-eating nature. That's why you have the Super Bee-inspired quad strip, and R/T badging in a shade of red that looks ready to draw blood. And no muscle car appearance is complete without iconic Mag wheels.
The upscale black bucket seat interior looks great and it's hard to find anything that didn't come original from the California factory. So you know there was some serious investment in keeping it this well preserved. The black vinyl's darkness is broken up by plenty of brightwork on places like the door panels, three-spoke steering wheel, and cool center console with the highly stylized gearshift. It even retains plenty of original elements, including the heater/defrost controls and the AM radio.
Open the hood, and see one of the best motors of the muscle car era. The 440 Magnum V8 is a legendary for providing power and leaving a serious rumble in its wake. The partial VIN stamp on the rear of the block near the oil sending unit is visible to confirm this to be a numbers matching 440. This Mopar big block has received plenty of care over the years, and today it even reliably delivers a little extra grunt thanks to an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and electronic ignition. But more than just providing some of the best muscle car power for the streets, the Magnum was known to be one of the easiest to live with, too. This is backed up by great driving features such as the Torqueflite A727 three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and versatile 3.23 limited slip rear end. Finish it off with the grip of Goodyear Eagle GT tires, and this R/T is truly ready for the road or the track.
Complete with owner's manual, you already know how rare a Mopar coupe like this is. So to find it with all the right feature intact is the kind of R/T that makes other collectors jealous. Call today!!!
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