A ’69 Coronet Convertible In New York Has Been Sitting Since ’81

Last week we spotted a couple of pretty cool Mopars in Florida, a pair of early-’70s E-bodies. The first was equipped with a 383/4-speed, the other a 440 Six-Pack also optioned with a 4-speed, and though both ‘Cudas were unrestored they were still cool enough to catch our attention.

You wouldn’t think in probably even a million years that such rare-optioned examples of American muscle would by lying around in barns or even unrestored in the average, middle-class driveway, as was the case with our Florida Chrysler fish. But believe it or not some of our most obscure barn finds are also some of the most valuable.

Today’s featured find, a ’69 Coronet convertible spotted in New York is not only unrestored but has been such since 1981. Like last week’s ‘Cudas, our featured B-body also has a hopeful future of which a frame-up restoration promises to be a part, in spite of the car’s rusted rear undercarriage.

As with many of our favorite barn finds, the Coronet is “living” proof that many muscle car treasures are still out there to be had, and it’s discovery also serves as an important lesson that what is and isn’t “collectible” in the auto world is a variable and ever-changing experience.

This B-body classic was only spotted a few miles away from our contributing photographer’s home, and we’re sure that since ’81 the unrestored Coronet has taken on a whole different cultural significance. The moral of today’s story: Never underestimate the value of that hunk of metal sitting in your yard!

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Salvatore Alaimo

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.
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