Regular Cars reviews a 1967 Dodge Coronet

I’ve got a hankerin’ for some Mopar. My dream car is a 1968 Dodge Charger, and I have the silly idea that an old Benz wagon should have Hemi power. On the list of I Need To Own One Someday sits another example of Mopar greatness. It’s the Dodge Coronet.
The 1967 pictured here looks damn perfect in black. Personally, I prefer the adjusted face of the 1968 and 1969 cars, but the ’67 is still excellent. Especially when it’s burning fuel through its 440 cubic-inch V8 engine. 

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14 responses to “Regular Cars reviews a 1967 Dodge Coronet”

      1. Alff Avatar

        I never thought about it before but, seeing the photos side by side, I think he’s right!

          1. Vairship Avatar

            Now THAT I would drive. And I like the house too. Although it would have to come with an octagonal garage.

  1. crank_case Avatar

    Had the opportunity to drive a 383 68 charger which I guess would be a similar experience and his review is pretty much spot on. The wheel has zero feel, it would be outhandled by a Camry, it’s feels like driving a speedboat with the way the nose rises on acceleration, and drum brakes are an act of faith, yet immensely likeable all the same.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I’d wager most old machines feel that way. My truck is both terrible and awesome to drive at the same time.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        Maybe, I haven’t driven enough pre-1980 cars to say. The second oldest car I’ve driven was a Citroen GS, a mid 70s model, though first appeared in 1970. Steering feel was pretty good, but then again, no power steering. Suspension was soft, but it didn’t wallow about like the Charger (but then it weighs a lot less). The brakes were effective, but lacked any feel, the “pedal” is just a button on the floor, it’s just lack of feel and the dive under braking that doesn’t give you a lot of confidence, but not as buttock clenching as having to stand on the Chargers brakes when cold. The engine was only 1100cc but believe it or not, handled highway driving exceptionally well where a modern small capacity car would have felt less happy. The flat four feels like a light aircraft engine and seems to be designed to sit at high RPM all day without feeling like its going to break (like a Beetle I guess)… but that was regarded as a very “modern” car for its time, so another European car like a Ford Escort would probably feel much cruder as standard (but a fantastic platform).

      2. outback_ute Avatar

        I dare say there are degrees, old Falcon GT’s are fine on the road if not quite as adept on the track; my main issue was it was easy to lock a front wheel plus the lsd didn’t seem to be working. A good way short of a modern car of course.
        I’ve driven a ’75 Escort 1300 on some good mountain twisties, apart from body roll it and slower steering than I was used to it was a lot of fun. I wouldn’t call it crude as such.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      My ’66 GMC Handi-Bus was the worst handling, worst riding, most unsafe vehicle I have ever owned. And man, I do miss it so.

      1. Jeff Mac Avatar
        Jeff Mac

        My 72 B300 Dodge actually handled pretty well. 318, 1 ton suspension and manual steering.

        1. Luxury Lexus Land-yacht Avatar
          Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

          I feel similarly about my ’67 A-108 window van. 318, 3.90 rear, three-on-the-tree, one ton suspension.
          It was remarkably agile for a box with an engine in it.
          Technically, it was mid-engine, what with the 318 between the front seats.
          Remarkably quick to about 45 MPH, too, which is when the shift to 3rd happened, and then … 1st and 2nd, though, that beast could get up and move.

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    I cut my teeth on muscle cars but have never had much interest in Mopars. Nothing against them– they’re just so damned pricey. However, I could totally see myself driving a W123 wagon with an elephant under hood…

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