With one of the most distinctive front ends of any car out there, the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 convertible is this weeks Muscle Car of the Week. Video after the jump!
We have been writing about the process of bringing and selling a car at Barrett Jackson for the last week and today was the day it went up for sale. We got to the auction very early today to make sure to get it cleaned up and ready to go. We had a sign out front and a flier to give out. Here is what they looked like:
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The car needed to go from Seattle, Washington to Scottsdale, Arizona and a lot of options are available for transportation. The hard part is a ton of cars are heading to Arizona for this week (Barrett is selling 1,400 cars themselves which doesn’t include all of the cars at Russo and Steele, RM, Gooding, Silver, etc) so it makes transportation very expensive. You also have to send the car in an enclosed trailer. With the bad January weather across the country transporting it in an open hauler is just a bad idea especially after spending all the time detailing and cleaning up the vehicle. Since I was hoping to go to Barrett Jackson and the Arizona auctions anyways I decided to just transport the car down myself (with the added bonus of covering the auctions for Mopar Blog!).
This simplified getting the car down there greatly by not having to rely upon somebody else to get the car down there at a certain point. We decided to try to get the car to Scottsdale by Jan covering them for Mopar Blog!).
This simplified getting the car down there greatly by not having to rely upon somebody else to get the car down there at a certain point. We decided to try to get the car to Scottsdale by January 11th so I left Olympia, Washington on the 9th and drove the 24 hours to Scottsdale and got there the morning of the 11th. I was towing it down with my 1998 Dodge Ram Diesel and lost 5th gear in the transmission somewhere in Oregon. Without overdrive I couldn’t go over 60 MPH after this and it was a VERY long trip!
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Back in 1969, just 640 M-Code 440-powered Darts were built for Chrysler by the Hurst-Campbell Corporation. Most of them were sold to drag racers, who then beat the living snot out of them. Today only about 30 cars are known to exist, and one of them is on eBay now for $99,900. This one looks to be a fully restored, numbers matching car. Manual steering, manual drum brakes and a 375 hp 440 under the hood. What is more pure than that? More pics plus the auction text after the jump!
Am I the only one who finds Top Gear annoying? Seems like everyone thinks this show is brilliant, but I find it painful to watch. This episode with Richard Hammond reviewing a 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T is especially painful. Maybe they should stick to European cars. The BBC only makes a small clip available, but there is a full episode in Russian on YouTube (least until the BBC makes YouTube pull it down). But you can watch the official BBC clip after the jump!
Leno didn’t seem too impressed with the old C-barge, but I think it’s cool! After all, “it’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas.” Video after the jump!
Talk about rare! They just made 203 of these–and most are gonna be either long gone or fully restored. This one looks like an awesome project, despite some obvious rust here and there (needs trunk and floors). A few more pics after the jump and you can see the rest on eBay!
Update: looks like it sold for $12,050!