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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Dodge "Scat Pack" Returns - 1968 Coronet R/T For Sale

Part of the Dodge “Scat Pack” and sharing its totally redesigned B-Body architecture with the budget-based Super Bee, the 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T delivered a rare blend of performance and panache. Quite similar in concept to the famed Chrysler 300 “letter cars” with abundant standard comfort and convenience features, the R/T was a direct competitor with Pontiac’s GTO. With its standard 375 hp, 440 "Magnum" V-8 powerplant delivering a mammoth 480 pounds-feet of torque, the R/T was more than capable of outperforming many of the era’s supercars right off the showroom floor.

The R/T (short for “Road and Track”) was a totally integrated package, with its standard A-727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, heavy-duty suspension, and brakes carefully engineered to handle the car’s performance capabilities. Interior accommodations were similar to the Coronet 500 model with bucket seats, floor console, and more as standard R/T fare. An aggressively domed hood and the popular “bumblebee” stripe package at the rear enhanced the tough character of the R/T. No fewer than 15 exterior colours were available for the R/T, along with optional vinyl roof coverings, allowing buyers a truly high degree of personalization.

Priced from $3,442 for the two-door hardtop, the R/T was pricier than its stripped-down Super Bee stablemate but still provided strong value for the money and unbeatable presence on the street. Even with the skinny bias-ply tires of the era, road testers consistently achieved acceleration from rest to 60 mph in 7 seconds or less and ¼-mile times in the high-14s. Simple tuning tricks, headers, and stickier tires brought those times down well into the 13s, without diluting the R/T’s highly attractive and streetable basic essence.


Production figures totalled 10,280 hardtops and 569 convertibles for 1968. Few remain today, with even few of the survivors as well maintained and presented as this example. Now offered from 22 years of single ownership, this 1968 Coronet R/T received attention to the rear quarter-panels, an exterior refinish and new chrome wheel well trim, plus new carpeting, a new headliner, and new seat covers after the current owner acquired it. With approximately 110,000 miles from new, the R/T retains its original 440 engine and runs as new. Equipped with accessory gauges and an added tach to monitor the engine’s vital functions, this 1968 Coronet R/T is a nice, straight, well-maintained and strong-running example that will continue to exemplify Dodge’s famed “Scat Pack” muscle machines of 1968.

















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