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Price: $1 1965 Dodge Coronet 440

  • Body: Station Wagon

    Engine: 520ci 659hp

    Trans: Automatic

  • Drive:

    Ext. Color: Tan

    Int. Color: Tan

  • Mileage: 28,678

    Stock No: 1562

    VIN: W755193425

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Vehicle interested in: 1965 Dodge Coronet 440

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  • Air Conditioning

Seller’s Comments

All vehicle trades considered, including classics and performance.  I can assist with financing and transport as needed.

 

Talk about a sleeper.  This 1965 Dodge Coronet 440 station wagon, complete with working a/c,  would seem to be the proverbial grocery getter.  With its faded tan paint, dog dish hub caps, and unrefined styling, it sure isn’t very flashy.  But under the hood sits 520 cubic inches of pump-gas Mopar making 659hp.  It’s enough to propel this mass of metal to 10-second quarter mile times at 120+ mph.  Now that will get people’s attention.

 

This big Dodge spent its early years in California which helped keep any serious rust problems from developing.  The paint and body are just what you’d want for a car like this; some worn and weathered areas but no major issues.  The flat faced grille has a very straightforward look, though the side moldings dress things up a bit.  Note the deflectors at the back of the car too.  The painted wheels match the body and have nice looking center caps which do a good job of concealing the long wheel studs.  In fact the only evidence of this car’s capabilities are the Mickey Tompson drag radials in back along with the larger dual exhaust, unless you spot the welded subframe connectors underneath. 

 

The heart of this beast is a 520 ci big block with a dyno sheet showing 659hp and 618ft-lbs.  But even with all that power and torque it still runs on pump gas, starts easily when cold, and holds a steady idle.  The motor was built from a 440 block with a 440 Source stroker kit.  Performance parts include ported aluminum Indy EZ heads along with an Indy valley pan and dual plane intake.  The camshaft is an UltraDyne hydraulic roller with 0.622” of lift using 1.6 Mopar roller rockers.  There is a Milodon external oiling system, Quick Fuel 1,000 cfm carburetor, and MSD 6AL ignition box.  There are also March billet pulleys and a Wizard cooling system.

 

Accepting all this power is a Cope 727 ProStreet automatic transmission with a reverse manual valve body.  Kind of fun to drive with the column shifter!  The rear end is a Mopar 8-3/4” traction lock with 3.55 gears and Moser axles, all held in place by ESPO heavy duty leaf springs.  There is a driveshaft hoop as well.  The front wheels are stock 15x4.5” while the rears have been widened to 15x8”.  The exhaust uses TTI ceramic coated headers with 2” primaries, which feed into a 3-1/2” X-pipe and 3” tailpipes.  There are dual Straightline Performance mufflers along with Dynomax Bullet resonators to help keep the noise down.

 

The car has many more modifications not easily seen.  The steering box was replaced with a Firm Feel unit for a much tighter feel.  The front suspension was rebuilt with parts from PST, and the front brakes were redone with a Master Power disc conversion.  There are adjustable drag shocks all around as well.  The fuel system uses a 20-gallon cell (mounted in the spare tire well) along with a Mallory electric pump and return style regulator.

 

The interior is all stock and original except for a re-covered front seat cushion, a digital tachometer, and a complete set of gauges mounted in the glove box.  It’s really a time capsule.  Both the steering wheel and dash pad are free of cracks (rarely the case for a 50-year-old car).   The door panels look great.  The tailgate window motor works properly, and all other windows roll up and down smoothly.  The horn, heater, lights, and speedo all work.  And of course there is the aftermarket air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable.

 

As you might imagine, this car is a lot of fun.  You can cruise down the avenue with the a/c on.  Take it down the highway with the windows open.  Run errands and pick up groceries.  Or go to the track and win some bets (though it doesn’t have a cage so you might get kicked out).  Regardless, the unassuming look really camouflages this car’s true capabilities.  But isn’t that what a sleeper is all about?

 

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