A Look at the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi Bold Styling and Drag-Strip Ready Performance
The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T was a true powerhouse, both in terms of performance and style. With its bold and muscular design, this car was built for speed and ready to take on the drag strip. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this classic automobile, from its standout features to its enduring legacy.
Dodge marketed the Coronet R/T as a midsize car – the overall feel of the vehicle was light and agile. This was due in part to its relatively light weight (around 3,500 pounds) and its advanced suspension system. The R/T featured heavy-duty shocks and torsion bars, as well as a sway bar in the rear, all of which helped to provide a smooth and stable ride even at high speeds.
Dodge was lagging behind in the high performance streetcar sales, and the 1967 Coronet RT was intended to attract speed craze buyers away from the 400 Cube GTO’s and the SS396 Chevelles. The problem was that the base Coronet was deemed to be too much like a regular passenger car, and the 426 Hemi version was far too much of A race car for the street.
One of the most noteworthy aspects of the ’67 Coronet R/T was its optional 426 Hemi V8 engine.
Dodge actually called this car the hottest thing since the cast iron stove and while it normally came with a 440 hours rumbles with the optional 426 Hemi, a 425 horsepower breathing in through dual 4 barrels and breathing out of free flowing dual exhaust, A4 speed manual was standard or you could spring for the three speed automatic as seen in this car and a heavy duty rear axle took the abuse up back.
With a whopping 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, this engine was capable of propelling the Coronet R/T from 0 to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. That kind of speed was practically unheard of at the time, and it cemented the Coronet R/T’s reputation as a true muscle car.
More interesting is that it’s driven by a pretty young blonde girl who’s also seen shooting us with finger guns in the lower corner of the ad. Most women in 1960s car ads were shown driving base level economy cars or as passengers.
Dodge only sold 160 Two 1967 Hemi Coronet R T’s With the automatic transmission they sold 121. There were four speeds. Which one would you choose? Automatic or do you like to shift your own gears?