Long-Lost Hemi Coronet R/T Convertible Found!

Published on 4/3/2024 9:50:29 AM

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For Mopar fans, there is one muscle car hunt that will result in a holy grail-style discovery for many: the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T convertible with the 426 Hemi. It’s been elusive, with rumors that it was sold new in the metropolitan Detroit area, and it was a particular hue. There’s no evidence or to the contrary that any of that is correct, nor can it be said the actual car has been seen since the 1970s, so it is believed this vehicle has been long-gone . . . until now.

The Canadian Hemi Coronet after it was first restored in the 1980s.

Folklore has promoted the idea that Dodge built only one Hemi Coronet R/T convertible. That is partially true, as only one U.S.-spec car was built, but there was a Canadian export found in a junkyard over 40 years ago, plus a Swiss export was discovered in more recent decades. But this MIA American-market vehicle has been on the radar of every slobbering Mopar fan for decades.

The Swiss Hemi Coronet

The Coronet R/T was Dodge’s mid-size muscle car that was on equal terms with the likes of the Pontiac GTO and Ford Torino GT – contrast that with the Dodge Super Bee, which featured a cheaper interior and less standard equipment. Plus, the Coronet R/T was the only way to get a performance Coronet drop-top. Combine that with the 426 Hemi, an engine to which all others are compared, and you have the makings for a very, very desirable vehicle.