1970 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T

If you want power and to make a statement, you can't go far wrong with this 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 2 door hardtop painted in Banana (FY1 code) with black vinyl interior.

Once more using the B-body, the Coronet had a refresh for 1970. For a "low-price" car the Coronet looked amazing. A new, distinctive split grille / bumper combination was used where the bumper molding surrounds each grille.

1970 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T - side view

Side view

The Coronet 500 was the top trim level for Coronet with the R/T the high-performance version. This was the last year in the short life of the Coronet R/T having only been around since 1967.  

R/T badges appeared between the grilles, on the simulated scoops on the hood and rear panels. It also appeared under the DODGE name in the middle of the rear escutcheon panel (which was also blacked out on the R/T models). Bumblebee stripes were placed across the trunk lid and down the side of the rear fenders.

1970 saw new, delta-shaped taillights with three sections each side.

1970 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T Rear

Rear view showing the bumblebee stripes

Power comes from a 440 cubic inch Magnum V8 "RB" (High Performance) engine with 4-barrel carburetor providing 375 horsepower. Fitted here is also the optional Ramcharger meaning that the scoops on the hood that were normally simulated were now fully functional.

1970 Dodge Coronet 440 with Ramcharger

440 cubic inch V8 with Ramcharger

TorqueFlite automatic transmission was standard for the Coronet although a 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter was a no-cost option and appears on this car.

The R/T also got treated to heavy-duty front suspension and heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers. It was drum brakes all round but front disc brake were available as an option.

The original Coronet sales brochure stated, "Open the door and say 'ahhh'..." proudly describing how nice their seats were for car designed to save you money.

1970 Dodge Coronet 440

Interior showing Hurst pistol grip shifter

The Coronet was 209.7" long with a wheelbase of 117" and width of 76.7".

Coronet competitors included: Chevrolet Chevelle, AMC Rebel, Ford Torino/Fairlane & Pontiac Tempest.

SOME AVAILABLE CORONET OPTIONS IN 1970

Option

Price

Power brakes (front discs)

$68

Power driver's seat

$91

Power windows

$119

Power steering

$104

AM radio

$65

AM/FM stereo

$144

Tilt steering wheel

$55

Tinted glass

$40

Air conditioning

$380

Dodge built 2,319 Coronet 500 R/T cars at a base price of $3,569 - and only 405 in this configuraton (2-door hardtop with 440 V8 and 4-speed manual transmission). It was built in Lynch Road, Michigan.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

The Complete Book of Classic Dodge and Plymouth Muscle

The Complete Book of Classic Dodge and Plymouth Muscle by Mike Mueller

Features every Model from 1960 to 1974 including: Road Runner, Dodge Daytona, Hemi ’Cuda, Challenger T/A, Charger, Super Bee, Super Bird, and GTX

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