PERIOD-CORRECT 440 V8, TORQUEFLIGHT TRANS, FACTORY A/C, PS, FRONT DISC BRAKES!!
We've had a few of these pretty mid-60s Mopars recently, and this 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 might be the nicest yet. The bright red paint shows off the angular body quite well and with a burly 440 under the hood, it more than lives up to the hype. Add in a few desirable factory options, a cool bucket set interior, and you end up with a Mopar that tops to the cool charts.
This car was originally yellow, but given how non-committal the colors were back in 1966, the red works just fine. It's an attention-grabber, that's for sure, but the good news is that they seem to have gone the extra mile to make it tidy. You'll note that the detailing on the quarter panels is crisp, the crease along the top of the fender is sharp enough to give you a paper cut, and the smooth, flat areas are distortion-free. The only way to get all that is time and effort, and it shows. The paint shines up beautifully and the gloss is really impressive, and the red really sets off this car's more aggressive look that's often lost on the softer colors. I'm glad they skipped the vinyl roof, too, because draping the dramatic roofline in red only makes it stand out that much more. The chrome and trim is in good condition, a combination of original trim and new bumpers fore and aft.
The black interior looks pretty stock at first glance, and admittedly there's not much you can do to improve the original designers' work. However, up close (and it's hard to see in photos), there's red stitching on the seats that is super subtle yet makes a big impact when you open the door. The carpets were probably replaced a few years ago and plenty of the trim is original and in good condition. A center console and that oh-so-cool shifter for the automatic transmission are pure Mopar and the instrument panel includes a pretty complete array of original gauges. The original AM radio still lives in the dash and there's factory A/C, too, but both will need some service to be in top condition for cruising. The headliner and dash pad are in excellent condition and the trunk is properly dressed with a reproduction mat and a jack assembly stashed in the quarter panel.
This car was no slouch when it was new, since it came with a 383 under the hood. Sometime in 2012, however, someone swapped it out to a correctly-dated 440 cubic inch V and dressed it up like the factory put it there. From the original air cleaner to the corporate turquoise paint on the block, it has a very OEM look under the hood. The A/C compressor dominates the top of the engine, but if you look closely you'll see chrome valve covers and a new wiring harness that was installed last year. The TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission is augmented with a shift kit that snaps off gear changes without hesitating, and the original 8.75-inch rear end carries street-friendly 3.23 gears. The dual exhaust sounds fantastic, and the floors are painted to match the body, so you know there's nothing hiding underneath. Air shocks, a new gas tank, and stock Rallye wheels with fat 245/60/14 white-letter radials round out the list of combat-ready features.
Surprisingly fast yet completely civil, this is the kind of Mopar muscle that built the legends. Best of all, it's still insanely affordable, so call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Vinyl Interior
- Factory Buildsheet
- Original Warranty Card
- Owner's Manual
- Build Receipts
- Transmission Spec
- A727 Torqueflite
- Rear End
- 3.23 with 3.91 Posi
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