Today in the collector car market the term “rare” gets woefully overused. Yet, few cars warrant the monicker more than this 1967 Dodge Coronet Hemi R/T Convertible. Respected Mopar expert Dave Wise has christened it a “one of one,” the only 1967 Dodge Coronet Hemi R/T Convertible with automatic transmission produced for sale here in the U.S. Yes, that’s right, Dodge only made three of them, and two were 4-speeds. That leaves this 1967 Dodge Coronet Hemi R/T Convertible with a Torqueflite as the only one ever produced that year.
Show Your Auto.com, an internet broker, is selling this high end muscle car for their client. (Follow this link to view dozens of high resolution photos.) They say it is all numbers matching, with original sheet metal, original interior, plus a factory correct engine bay and undercarriage. It has been inspected and confirmed by Dave Wise. They made a total of four Coronet R/T Converts in 1967, 2 were 4-speeds, one with the Torqueflite three-speed automatic for the U.S. sale, and another automatic for Canada. This is the automatic version made for the U.S. market. She has original documentation, complete Dave Wise Visual Inspection, and comes with Chrysler Historical records.
1967 was the first year for the R/T option and it was offered only on the B -Body Coronet made by Dodge. Chrysler wanted to compete with the Chevelle SS and Pontiac GTO for the youth oriented performance market. Everything about the Coronet R/T said performance. That year the 375 horsepower 440 Magnum became standard on the R/T model Coronet. And you could also order the Coronet R/T with the elephant sized 426 Hemi power plant. Introduced on the Coronet model, the R/T package added image with hood slats, louvered taillamps, prominent badges, and horsepower. The 426/425 hp Hemi option was unprecedented for the sheer power available to the public without a racing license.
The interior was as high performance as the exterior. The Coronet R/T came with highly sought after appointments with bucket seats standard and an optional console. You could only get a tach if you ordered the console. Performance? Oh, yeah, a 150-mph speedometer was standard. A full range of comfort options was available on the R/T, but, of course, you could not get air conditioning on the Hemi or on a 4-speed.
R/T badging is prominently displayed on the grille, rear quarters, and tail section. Only the 426 Hemi equipped cars had the Hemi emblem on the front fenders.
More than 10,000 R/T’s were built including 628 convertibles. But Hemi cars? They were very rare. Only 238 Hemi powered Coronets with the 426 were produced in 1967. And because the Hemi engine required a 30 percent higher cost (to order the 426 Hemi increased the price by $1,100) , only four Hemi convertibles were ever produced. Two were 4-speed cars, and two had automatic transmission. Only one of the automatics was ordered from the U.S. (the other one went to Canada.) This is the one-of-one Hemi Coronet R/T Convertible produced for U.S. production. (Only three of the Hemi R/T convertibles are known to exist.)
Hagerty.com selected the 1967 Dodge Coronet Hemi R/T Convertible as one of the seven rarest Hemi cars of all time. You can read the article online here: https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/08/21/7-rarest-hemi-muscle-cars
The Code C white 1967 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T Convertible was purchased at Jenkintown Dodge, a Pennsylvania Dodge dealer. A second owner raced it at Atco Dragway sometime around the mid-70’s. Around 1983 the fourth owner of the car started to restore it to original.