The 1968 Cleverness The Coronet R/T is barely remembered among historic muscle cars, with legendary models like the Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, Plymouth Superbird and a few others getting all the attention. But shifting it to the Coronet R/T for a second shows just how special it really is.
With great looks and two powerful V8 alternatives, the 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T is a purebred classic muscle car that cannot be faulted in any way. It delivers impressive performance even in stock condition, and well-maintained units are hugely entertaining despite being over half a decade old.
However, the Coronet R/T is also quite rare, meaning it’s not exactly cheap to get one today. Depending on each configuration, a well-maintained model can cost anywhere from $60,000 to over $100,000 – which is as much as a well-chosen Corvette C8. Here’s why the 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T is a great everyday classic muscle car worth every penny.
The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T has an optional Hemi V8
Two engines were available on the Dodge Coronet R/T, starting with a huge standard Chrysler-derived RB 7.2-liter Magnum V8 with a four-barrel Carter carburetor that produced 375 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a 3-speed Mopar TorqueFlite automatic or a 4-speed rear-wheel drive manual, it was capable of blasting the Coronet R/T from 0 to 62 mph in about 6 seconds.
For those willing to shell out the extra money for extra performance, Dodge also offered an optional 7.0-liter Hemi V8 with dual four-barrel Carter carburetors, along with an upgraded full-performance fuel pump and dual crusher distributor. It made 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, using the same transmission options to propel the Coronet R/T Hemi from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds.
As of today, many pre-owned 1968 Dodge Coronet R/Ts for sale feature rebuilt engines that meet original stock standards, meaning you can get your hands on one that performs just as well now as it did before.
The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T features high-quality parts
As the best, high-performance variant of the 1968 Coronet, Dodge also made sure to grace the R/T with an upgraded chassis and several other quality components. Unlike the rest of the lineup, the Coronet R/T uses Chrysler’s heavy-duty Torson-Aire with larger and more durable torso and sway bars. The R/T also features individual shock absorbers and upgraded leaf spring rear suspension, heavy-duty wheels, upgraded hydraulic drum brakes and power steering. This made the Coronet R/T a surprisingly good handler, allowing it to run into corners with tons of poise for a muscle car.
The quality continues in the cabin of the 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T, which features vinyl-trimmed bucket seats, a beautiful six-gauge chrome-finish instrument panel, upholstered door panels, and a metal-trimmed center console. It also features several useful features such as remote-controlled side mirrors, power windows, a power tailgate and rear speakers. Finally, despite its undeniable sportiness, the ’68 Coronet R/T doubles as a nice tractor, with comfortable seating for four and a decently sized boot.
The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T looks great
The Coronet R/T – available as a hardtop coupe or convertible – was already a beautiful car, but it became a true timeless marvel when Dodge updated the exterior for the 1968 model year. At the front, it shows off a four-headed headlight in a rectangular checkered grille with red ‘R/T’ badging, under a lightly sculpted bonnet and above a chrome-trimmed bumper. On the side, the R/T shows overhanging fenders and five-spoke racing wheels with red or white striping.
Finally, there’s the dazzling rear end of the ’68 Coronet R/T, which features one of the most beautiful 3-way taillight designs we’ve ever seen on a production car, fitting into a receding black panel with chrome strips and another ‘R/ T’ badge. Its stunning rear end also showcases a flat trunk hatch with a centralized body crease, as well as a chrome bumper and wide-diameter twin tailpipes.
All in all, the 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T is a home run classic muscle car that was simply overshadowed by other legends of the same era. If you didn’t know, you do, and we think it’s pretty obvious why it has such a high retail price these days.
Source: Hemmings, Southern Motors