On The Block – One of 32, 1967 Coronet R/T Four-Speed HEMI

Talk about a rare car.  For Mopar zealots, any Hemi car is a fabled unicorn, but how about a four-speed, 1967 Elephant Coronet R/T that’s one of 32? If all this grabs you, it will be on the block in Kissimmee, Florida in January 2022.  Our favorite era of sixties Mopar styling is pre-1968 when all Pentastars had creased body lines that mimicked a freshly tailored suit. This Coronet is a great example of this styling language and has the added pedigree of a stump-pulling HEMI and a manual transmission. This car looks straight as an arrow and appears to be the real deal.  We’d still bring a Mopar expert to the auction to see the car before we stepped into the arena and started bidding.

The seller recounts the highlights of the car in detail,  “Following the Chrysler Hemi’s first release for the street in 1966 on any B-engine platform, Dodge’s release of the R/T (Road/Track) model in 1967 was done to serve one purpose: create a high-quality, high-performance image vehicle for the brand. The car here represents the pinnacle of that ideal for both buyers yesterday and today, being one of only 32 Coronet R/T two-door hardtops produced in 1967 optioned with the 426 Hemi and A833 4-speed transmission driveline.{ ad:BLOCK}

“The R/T package, exclusive to the Coronet that year, was offered only in hardtop and convertible formats in ’67 and came with a lot of premium equipment as standard. In fact, both the Coronet and Charger were now the only street Dodges to have the Hemi as optional that year. Beneath the hood here, with its unique centered trim, is the detailed, original, matching-numbers 426 Hemi engine. Engineering Code A102 designated these street examples, with its 10.25:1 compression, dual inline 4-barrel carburetors, a round chrome air cleaner, iron hemispherical cylinder heads and factory dual exhaust system. This mill was backed by the heavy-duty A833 4-speed manual transmission equipped with the factory Inland shifter and a 3.54:1 ratio 9.75-inch Sure Grip Dana 60 axle. Front power disc brakes were also installed on this package.

“Painted in Bright Red and coming without a vinyl roof, this Coronet features unmistakable crisp lines with painted-and-chromed, cast-metal R/T emblems in the grille, rear quarter panels, and unique, cast rear decklid insert, plus bright rocker moldings and wheel-well trim. Of course, inside carried on the ideals of quality with bucket seats, a chrome-ribbed center console with storage area and side illumination, a radio, the exclusive 150 MPH speedometer, and pedal dress-ups.

“The exterior gives heed to the engine by a single little HEMI decklid emblem and front fender-mounted 426 Hemi callout tags, and a set of 5-spoke Magnum 500 road wheels and factory-width redline tires complete the car’s presentation. This Dodge has benefited from a newer restoration completed in 2019, and it has all the right stuff to be attractive: low production, desirable paint, premium options, and, of course, Hemi power.”

Sound good, but what will it bring?  Who knows, but bring lots of money as some of these old Mopars have hit seven-figure price tags. What do you think it’s worth?  There is an old saying “Something is worth what someone will pay for it,” so we’ll soon find out in January at Mecum Kissimmee in Florida.

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Dave Cruikshank

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and an Editor at Power Automedia. A zealous car geek since birth, he digs lead sleds, curvy fiberglass, kustoms and street rods. He currently owns a '95 Corvette, '76 Cadillac Seville, '99 LS1 Trans Am and big old Ford Van.
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