This 1969 Dodge Coronet 500 R/T Convertible is kind of a big deal and delivers every perk you’d want from a muscular Mopar
With a period-correct 440-cubic inch big block V8, cold A/C, power steering and power front disc brakes, an awesome color combination, and a full-blown, comprehensive restoration that’s so fresh (finished just 378 miles ago!) you can still smell the wet paint. And even at this price, it has to represent some kind of bargain for this much performance.
With so few miles on the restoration, this beautiful droptop absolutely should, and definitely does, look like a million bucks. The B5 Bright Blue Metallic paint is one of the most popular choices among Mopar fans and we can’t argue with how AWESOME it looks, although this particular shade of blue is just a tiny bit different (although most people won’t notice the difference). It’s a modern application that required modern materials, and the nearest and best-looking paint was Intense Blue Pearl from the Chrysler color palette, and we absolutely love the way it looks dripping all over this low-slung droptop. It’s not an in-your-face bright color, but a little softer shade that seems all the more appealing when it’s plastered all over one of the nastiest muscle cars of the era. The sheetmetal was expertly prepped prior to a drop of paint being professionally sprayed and the result is very nice. Not a perfect trailer queen, but certainly a higher-end driver that’s ready to drop saw jaws at the local car show scene. The Code N96 Fresh Air hood carries a pair of hood scoops that were a Chrysler trademark during the muscle car era, as are the simulated scoops in the rear quarters, and the white bumblebee stripe out back reminds onlookers that this isn’t merely a pretty 1960s ragtop but a pretty gnarly piece of hardware. R/T badges were installed as appropriate and the chrome bumpers are in excellent shape, adding a bright bit of sparkle to an otherwise deadly serious machine.
The blue bucket seat interior shows off a few desirable upgrades that suggest the original owner decided to splurge a little bit on his new Coronet. Higher-end vinyl upholstery and patterns, along with a full center console are the most obvious upgrades from the base model cars, and it also carries the factory Light Package and the Rallye Instrument Cluster Package that features a full set of gauges to monitor the symphony of big-block violence under the hood. The factory radio looks a lot like the original Music Master AM/FM unit, and the chrome accents on the otherwise black-and-blue dash really adds a touch of class in this big droptop. Seat covers, door panels, and the matching plush blue carpets are dialed-in and ready to show off, demonstrating that upscale muscle definitely has its appeal. There’s a white power convertible top overhead and the Coronet is one of the few ragtops that looks great top up or top down, and it, too, is in great shape. Out back, the cavernous trunk is correctly outfitted with a reproduction mat and full-size tire and jack set, with enough room to accommodate just about any travel plans.
The period-correct, RB-series 440 cubic inch V8 powerplant (date-coded from November 1968) under that twin-snorkel hood is one that many would argue is the best choice in a muscle Mopar for guys who love to drive. Recently rebuilt and detailed for show, it’s plenty powerful and throws this big convertible around like it weighs 800 pounds less than it does. There’s Hemi Orange paint on the block that looks awesome against the B5 Blue inner fenders, and with those matching orange valve covers and huge factory-correct air cleaner that cover all the carbs, it’s got a real 1960s performance look. 1967 high-compression heads, a Mopar Purple cam, Summit 750CFM 4-barrel carburetor, and an Edelbrock intake are a few choice upgrades that help this big girl pop off the line, and the power steering and power front disc brakes really make it a joy to drive anywhere. A giant Wizard aluminum radiator and dual electric fans keep the whole show nice and cool, while the TorqueFlite A727 3-speed automatic powers a robust 8.75-inch rear end filled with 3.23 gears inside to make this big ragtop feel punchy around town and on the highway. The painted floors are as clean as the bodywork and a fresh TTI H-pipe dual exhaust system gives it just the right combination of aggressive and mellow. A set of butch-looking Magnum 500 wheels are wrapped in meaty redline radials for a perfect look.
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