New sheet metal and a budget performance
Coronet were the big news for Dodge’s 1968 intermediates. The 117-inch
wheelbase was retained, but the all-new body gained a flowing new roofline, a
new grill, and rear fenders that swelled around the wheelwells then tapered to
a create a modest spoiler effect at the tail. Dual “bumblebee” stripes to
encircle the tail were optional.
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The 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 was marketed under the new Scat Pack performance umbrella. A hood bulge was added, but instrumentation was virtually standard-issue Coronet.
Again offered as a hardtop or convertible, the R/T continued as Coronet’s best-equipped high-performance choice. The seat design was new and optional color-keyed headrests could be fitted to both front and rear seats. R/T powertrains were unchanged, with the 440 Magnum standard and the 426 Hemi an option.
Air conditioning was available only on the 440-engine car and only with the TorqueFlite automatic trans. Once again, Dodge didn’t advertise the 440-cubic-inch displacement on the car’s exterior; only the R/T badges and a new-for-’68 hood bulge were telltales.
The only other Coronet on which the hood bulge appeared was the new Super Bee. This was a stripper Coronet two-door sedan that came standard with the 335-horsepower 383-cubic-inch V-8 (the Hemi was optional) and was Dodge’s answer to Plymouth’s Road Runner.
|Displacement (cid)||440 Magnum|
|Horsepower @ rpm: ||375 @ 4600 |
|Torque (pounds/feet) @ rpm ||480 @ 3200 |
|Compression Ratio ||10.1:1* |
|Bore (inches) ||4.32 |
|Stroke (inches) ||3.75 |
|Valve Lifters ||Hydraulic |
|0-60 mph (sec)||6.0|
|0-100 mph (sec) ||14.0 |
|1/4-mile (sec) ||13.86 @ 98.36 mph |
|Top speed (mph)||N/A|
|Axle ratio ||N/A |
|Engine type ||440 Magnum|
*Source: Muscle Car Review (1967)
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