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Dodge Coronet

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A car produced by Dodge from 1949–1959 & 1965–1976.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge Coronet page on 1 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Coronet is an automobile that was marketed by Dodge as a full-size car in the 1950s, initially the division's highest trim line but, starting in 1955, the lowest trim line. From the 1965 to 1975 model years the name was on intermediate-sized models. A coronet is a small crown consisting of ornaments fixed on a metal ring.

1949

The Dodge Coronet was introduced with the division's first postwar body styles. Lower trim lines were the Wayfarer and Meadowbrook, with the Wayfarer being built on a shorter 115 inch wheelbase. The only engine for Dodge was a 230-cubic-inch (3,800 cc) flat-head straight six cylinder engine with a single barrel Stromberg carburetor, producing 103 horsepower (77 kW) (gross). The stock Dodge Coronet was a smooth running car, and the six-cylinder engine could power the car to 90 miles per hour (140 km/h)+ . A limited production model was a four-door, eight-passenger limousine, an extended version of the stock Dodge Coronet. One of the most notable features of the first-generation Coronet was a three-speed, fluid-driven transmission that was operated by a foot pedal on the floor. It required no shifter. It had full instrumentation.

1950

Dodge received a facelift for 1950 but like the 1949 models were still divided into Wayfarer, Meadowbrook and Coronet lines. The 1950 models can be identified easily by the new grille design which featured 3 heavy horizontal bars. The upper and lower bars formed a stylish oblong shape. Within this oblong grille was a thick center bar with parking lights on each end and a large chrome plaque in the center bearing the Dodge crest. The 8-passenger sedan's length was 216.8 inches.

1951-1952

Dodge received yet another facelift in 1951 but this time the cars remained virtually unchanged for two model years. Busy manufacturing military vehicles for use in Korea, they chose not to dedicate valuable resources to completely redesign civilian vehicles. Still divided into Wayfarer, Meadowbrook and Coronet lines through 1952, by 1953 the Wayfarer line had been discontinued. The grille of the 1951–52 model was similar in shape to the 1950 grille, but with the elimination of the thick vertical center bar and the addition of six vents running horizontally between the top and center bars, a whole new look was achieved. The Coronet Diplomat was Dodge's first hardtop-convertible, featuring a pillarless steel roof styled after the contemporary Chrysler Newport. The speedometer was now circular, and the other four gauges were rectangles.

1953

For 1953, the Coronet was totally redesigned. It gained an optional 241 cu in (3.9 L) "Red Ram" Hemi Engine and set over 100 land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The windshield became one-piece. Electric windshield wipers were standard, while the radio cost $83.

1954

The Dodge Royal line was added above the Coronet in 1954. Dodge was putting more luxury into all of its models which included the Meadowbrook, Coronet and new Royal lines. Still, styling changes for 1954 were modest. The chrome molding on the hood lip was wider than on the 1953 models and a large chrome upright in the center of the grille replaced the five vertical dividers used previously. It still came with full instrumentation. 1954 saw Chrysler's first fully automatic transmission, two-speed PowerFlite, offered as an extra-cost option on all Dodges.

1955

The 1955 Coronet dropped to the lower end of the Dodge vehicle lineup, with the Wayfarer and Meadowbrook names no longer used and the Custom Royal added above the Royal, Lancer, and La Femme. Bodies were restyled with help from newly hired Virgil Exner to be lower, wider, and longer than the lumpy prewar style, which in turn generated a healthy boost in sales over 1954. Power came from either a 230 cu in (3.8 L) Chrysler Flathead engine straight-6, now producing 123 hp (92 kW) Two V8 engines were offered: 270 cu in (4.4 L) Polyspheric (poly or semi-hemi) heads producing 175 hp (130 kW) and a 315 cu in (5.2 L) (the "Hemi")

1956

1956 was the last year of this body style before the change in 1957, the only differences offered in 1956 from the previous year were trim packages and the new Dodge D-500. The D-500 was the first Dodge factory high performance made in honor of the (D-500-1) "Super Stock" model with the only external clues being discreet crossed checkered flags and "500" lettering on its hood and lower rear deck it was also available for order from the dealer on Coronet models, including station wagons and two-door sedans. The standard D-500 trim included a 315 cu in (5.2 L) V8 with hemispherical heads (unlike other Dodge V8s ( List of Chrysler engines) which used Polyspheric heads), a unique camshaft, valve lifters, pushrods, carburetor, ignition, and pistons. With a compression ratio of 9.25:1, four-barrel Carter WCFB carburetor, and dual-point distribution, peak horsepower was 260 bhp (190 kW) while torque was a solid 330 lb⋅ft (450 N⋅m). The D-500 also received an upgraded suspension with stiff front coil springs; heavy duty Oriflow shock absorbers, with the same valving specified for Dodge police cars, were mounted in the springs. Similar units were used in the rear. Overall height of the D-500 was 1.5 inches (38 mm) lower than its standard Dodge counterpart. The D-500 came standard with 15x5.5 inch wheels with 7.60x15 inch tubeless tires. New for safety were safety door locks. The D-500-1 (the first 500 made required by NASCAR, was intended for NASCAR competition. The D-500-1 had an even stiffer suspension than the D-500. Under the hood, the engine received larger valves (about 18% larger), a full-race camshaft, and a double log intake manifold that used two four-barrel Carter WCFB carburetors and a shaved deck for 8.25:1 compression. This all added up to 285 bhp (213 kW). It was the fastest car that year from the factory.


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Dodge Coronet Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
Lensing Autumn Classic Car Show
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Dodge Coronet Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
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Dodge Coronet From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
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The John Walczak Collection

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1965 Dodge Coronet 1965
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
2017 Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show
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1965 Dodge Coronet 1965
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1965 Dodge Coronet 1965
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1965 Dodge Super Sport Hemi Coronet A990 Factory Lightweight 1965 Super Sport Hemi
A990 Factory Lightweight

Delivered to Grand Spaulding Dodge
Unrestored, repainted once 23 years ago
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Nostalgia Auto Show
June 14, 2009
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1966 Dodge Coronet Modified 1966
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1966 Dodge Coronet Modified 1966
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1966 Dodge Coronet Modified 1966
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1966 Dodge Coronet Modified 1966
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Dodge Corneto 440 "Corneto" 440
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Dodge Corneto 440 "Corneto" 440
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Dodge Corneto 440 "Corneto" 440
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Dodge Corneto 440 "Corneto" 440
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1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 1968 R/T
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2012 The Cars Time Forgot
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1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 1968 R/T
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1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 1968 R/T
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1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 1968 R/T
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1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Model 1969 Super Bee
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1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Model 1969 Super Bee
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1970 Dodge Coronet 500 1970 500
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1970 Dodge Coronet 500 1970 500
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1970 Dodge Coronet 500 1970 500
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1970 Dodge Coronet 500 1970 500
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1970 Dodge Coronet 500 1970 500
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1970 Dodge Coronet 500 1970 500
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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 1970 Super Bee
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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 1970 Super Bee
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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 1970 Super Bee
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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 1970 Super Bee
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Pro Street 1970 Dodge Coronet Model Pro Street 1970
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Pro Street 1970 Dodge Coronet Model Pro Street 1970
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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Killer Bee Super Stock 1970 "Killer Bee" Super Stock
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Killer Bee Super Stock 1970 "Killer Bee" Super Stock
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2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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Dodge Coronet Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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August 17, 2008
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Dodge Coronet Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
12 October 1966NHTSA Recall 66V009001 1966 Dodge Charger, 1966 Dodge Coronet, 1966 Plymouth Belvedere, 1966 Plymouth Belvedere Satellite
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
17 January 1967NHTSA Recall 67V009003
1967 Dodge Charger, 1967 Dodge Coronet, 1967 Plymouth Belvedere, 1967 Plymouth Satellite
Electrical System:Ignition
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
30 December 1970NHTSA Recall 71V004000
1971 Dodge Challenger, 1971 Dodge Charger, 1971 Dodge Coronet, 1971 Plymouth Barracuda
Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Foundation Components:Drum
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - MPC 1768-2001968 Coronet R/T1:25 scale, 20-piece haulaway trailer included
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9920-0518'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 First Editions, small scale, red w/black stripe (Short Card)
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9920-0918F'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 New Models, small scale, red w/black stripe
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9920-0918G'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 New Models, small scale, red w/black stripe
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9920-0918L'69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee2008 New Models, small scale, metallic white w/black stripe
Model Kit - MPC MPC-7031970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee


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