|A Web Salute to the 1968 Dodge Coronet
|1968 Coronet History & Overview
For Dodge, 1968 was a very special year. In that year, Dodge introduced some of the most aggressive and attractive body styling ever offered. That happened in part because in 1964, Dodge hired design wiz Richard Sias away from General Motors. He was immediately put to work on a redesign program eventually aimed for the 68-70 B-Body class automobiles. Reporting to the Studio Styling Manager Charlie Mitchell, the "coke bottle" styling differences between the boxier 67 Coronet and 68 Coronet were as result of his vision. Redesign of the 1968 Coronet started in 1965, rendering clay models as early as late 65. Eventually, Sais's design ideas were approved by the Vice President of Styling, Elwood Engle and the Chief of Design Bill Brownlie. The styling ideas were so impressive that the approval was given to incorporate similar features to the infamous 1968 Dodge Charger which also received a make over for 1968. Sias's ideas for the 1968 Coronet had such a large impact on the MOPAR design community, sister company Plymouth incorporated the styling into its lineup as well.
In 1967, Dodge released their first automobiles with the now legendary R/T badges. The first of these automobiles was the Coronet. The 1968 Coronet would be no different as it would be offered with R/T badges and amenities.. The R/T badging which stood for "Road & Track" indicated a baseline of performance equipment found on these automobiles. The engine was nothing smaller than a 440 Cu-in engine with a Torqueflite 727 transmission. The R/T's were also available with the 426 HEMI. They came standard with enhanced suspension, top of the line amenities (Air Conditioning, Defog etc.), bucket seats, 150 MPH Speedometers, dual exhaust, and the R/T only dual tail stripes. The 1968 Coronet R/T was also available via a factory order in convertible form.
Other 1968 Coronet Models include the Coronet 500, Coronet 440, Coronet Deluxe and in Mid-Year 1968 The Coronet SuperBee. The SuperBee along with its Plymouth brother the Roadrunner, was a no frills, stripped down racing machine that came standard with much of the R/T's performance equipment. - RHM III
|1968 Coronet R/T / 440 Magnum w/ High Performance Intake, Racing Wheel Option and Rallye dash Instrumentation, and a Vinyl Top|
|1968 Coronet R/T Convertable w/ 440 Magnum, Restricted Air Cleaner and 150 MPH "long style" speedometer.|
|1968 Coronet SuperBEE Pro Street Car w/ 440 Magnum, NSD ignition, Holley Carb,, N.O.S., Custom paint, custom interior. A 9.7 second car|
|1968 Coronet w/ 440 Magnum, Rallye Instrumentation, Charger style covered seats, column drive with sport wheel option.|
|1968 Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum ,1969 hood with scoops and 1968 Coronet 500 Chrome side scoop chrome. A 150 MPH long style speedometer, floor shifting car.|
|1968 Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum in rare Metallic Gray with a high performance cam and performance intake.|
|ABOVE - A 4 Door 440 Sedan w/ 273 Cu-In Engine
ABOVE RIGHT - A 383 SuperBee
RIGHT - An award winning #'s matching R/T
| TWO ABOVE - A blue R/T from Texas.
UPPER LEFT - The 68 SuperBEE tail logo.
RIGHT - Only 1968 SuperBEE Convertible ever made that was shown exclusively at autoshows in 1967.
LEFT - An R/T Darth Vader would drive.
ABOVE - Looking for 9 Seconds
RIGHT - The legend Dick Landy drove this car.
LEFT - Good Bye.
|1968 Dodge SuperBEE . Now has a 426 HEMI with aluminum heads, Rallye Dash and a 4 Speed trans plus a Dana rear differential.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 2 Door Hardtop with a 426 HEMI, 727 TorquefliteTrans. column shift. 1 of 130 1968 HEMI automatics.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, a spotless interior with Rallye Dash, 14 Inch Stock Magnum Wheels.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, 14 Inch Magnum Wheels optional wood grain racing wheel and Rallye dash|
|1968 Dodge Coronet 440 w/ 383 Magnum, Bench Seating, . NOTE: The chrome stripe down the sides of the 440. A 440 only feature.|
|2 ABOVE - A sharp looking Coronet 440 with and additional exterior chrome strip
ABOVE - A great looking purple Superbee
|LEFT - A 318 CID Engine is under the hood of this good looking 2 Door Coupe Coronet Deluxe.
RIGHT - An R/T with huge rear wheels.
|LEFT - A nice B&W photo of an R/T Drop-Top
RIGHT - A Coronet Deluxe with modern mag wheels. Looking sharp!
|ABOVE RIGHT - A stock Coronet 440 with a 318.
RIGHT - A Drop Top Coronet 500
LEFT - A 1968 Dodge factory photo of the R/T
|ABOVE - Coronets were also a popular choice for fleet cars such as Taxi's and Police Interceptors.
RIGHT - The Coronet Deluxe was also manufactured into a stationwagon model. The wagon on the top is about the toughest looking family truckster I have ever seen. The base engine in the Stationwagon was the 225 CID Slant Six engine. The 273 and 318 were optional upgrades.
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, Bucket seats, Woodgrain optional steering wheel and optional black vinyl roof, floor shift 3 speed|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum that needs a little care and attention. Comes with optional wood grain wheel and very rare 3 tone interior.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 426 HEMI. Complete with Rallye Dash, Console mounted 4 speed shifter.The understated stock hubcaps disguise this beast to look like a sleeper. Think again.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum in a very rare shade of silver with a wonderful looking and also rare dark maroon interior.|
|CORONETS IN THE PRESS!
Mopar Muscle Magazine's Article:
THE IRON GENTLEMAN
MOPARS challenge to the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro - The 1968 Superbee
Musclecarcalendar.com's Feature Page:
Joel's 1968 Coronet R/T
|LEFT - Taken at the 60th Annual Chicago International Auto Show between Febuary 24th and March 3rd 1968 at Chicago's International Ampitheater
The spokesman is a ventriloquist with a puppet wearing a racing helmet and goggles. The model to his left has on a skirt with similar Bumblebee stripes as the tail of the Coronet. The showcase car on the elevated platform is a hardtop Dodge Coronet R/T as indicated by the banner top left.
At this show there were 450 vehicles and over 50 accessory displays.
|1968 Dodge Coronet 440 w/ an aftermarket 400 block, Edelbrock 383 Torker Intake, Purple performance Cam|
|1968 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible w aftermarket 400 block, an R/T powerbulge hood, R/T Tail stripes,|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, 727 Transmission, Rallye dash, woodgrain steering wheel and Krager custom wheels.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 426 HEMI, 4 speed, 15 inch wheels, small hub caps, Rallye Dash instrumentation in SS-1 Yellow paint.|
|ABOVE RIGHT - a 440 augmented with R/T tail stripes and a 69 Six Pac hood!
RIGHT - A great looking 440!
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, RR-1 Maroon exterior and interior to match. A factory non- AC , power steering apower brakes car.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, SS-1 Exterior Yellow, Rallye Dash and California code air cleaner|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum , complete exterior trim options and factory specification red line tires.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet 440 w/ 383 Magnum, woodgrain wheel option, bench seating, redline tires, 4 speed car.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet 500 w/ 383 Magnum, woodgrain wheel option, 8 3/4 Suregrip rear and a 1969 Dodge Charger tail stripe.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum, woodgrain wheel, Bright Red Exterior, 3:54 rear, 4 speed Dana 60, Tach and console shift!.|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 440 Magnum,, Rallye Dash, MM-1 Bronze Poly Exterior, 4 speed 8 3/4 rear 3:23 geared, NON - AC, floor shift|
|1968 Dodge Coronet R/T w/ 426 HEMI, column shift, 15 inch wheels, stock hubcaps, Rallye Dash, UU-1 Light Poly Blue Exterior|
|1968 Dodge Coronet 500 w 318 , column shift, matching green interior and GG-1 Racing Green exterior. Stock 14 inch Hubcaps.|
|LEFT - A battle of the B Body's. A Sox & Martin 68 Charger vs a 68 Landy Coronet.
RIGHT - Yours truely with a R/T clone in Tacoma WA
LEFT - A Viper Blue R/T Clone
RIGHT - A bone stock 440