1970 Dodge Coronet R/T

1970 Dodge Coronet R/T

 

With its wild twin-nostril grille and integrated front bumper, the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T is one of the most distinctive-looking muscle cars of the era. It’s virtually impossible to mistake the ’70 R/T for anything else—it’s that different.

 

The unique front end treatment was created by Dodge stylist Diran Yazejian, a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While the bumper looks like two separate components, it’s actually one continuous stamping with sheet metal covering the middle. The look tends to be highly polarizing as enthusiasts either love it or hate it.  But there’s one thing for sure: Yazejian wasn’t looking over anyone’s shoulder.  And as the years go by, the aggressive nose only seems to gain more character.

 

Mechanically similar to its Coronet sibling, the Super Bee, the R/T was equipped with more comfort and appearance features, including a deluxe all-vinyl interior with carpeting, bucket seats and a center console. Exterior extras included twin hood scoops and matching trim scoops on the rear quarter panels with red-on-chrome R/T badging. Unlike many high-performance muscle cars of the period, the R/T was also offered in an otherwise identical convertible model.

 

Like all Dodge muscle cars, the Coronet R/T offered a long list of hardcore performance hardware.  Standard equipment was the 440 Magnum V8 with 375 horsepower and a choice of four-speed manual transmission or Torqueflite three-speed automatic. Both gearboxes included a standard console-mounted shifter.  Optional engines included the 440 Six Pack V8, promising 390 horsepower with three two-barrel Holley carburetors, and the legendary 426 Hemi® engine, king of the hill in the muscle car wars.  The Dodge Coronet R/T offered buyers the ultimate in both style and street cred.

 

 


  • http://www.facebook.com/clinton.h.davis Clinton H Davis

    And….it came as an optional four door, thus the current sedan should be called CORONET, NOT CHARGER! Starting to think you guys will never fix your mistake……keep throwing stickers at it and calling it different sub names from the muscle car era and see how many people fall for it.
    The last Dodge Charger ever made was a 1974 model. Wake up Dodge!

    • http://www.facebook.com/robupdyke Rob Updyke

      Clinton, this was not the last dodge charger ever made, they made the small compact and slapped stickers on it, in 79thru84…..the truth hurts bro…

  • http://www.facebook.com/robupdyke Rob Updyke

    And the 74 was not a Charger, it was a wannabe charger, and nothing but a 360..

  • http://www.facebook.com/robupdyke Rob Updyke

    Last real charger was the 72, and that is stretching it a bit..

  • epicurus

    Love these cars. I had a 70 Plymouth GTX which is of course different but underneath very similar. A fun car.

    • SUBLIME

      I have a Plymouth Superbird which has the Coronet front end without the granny glasses grille. I did like these cars and the Superbees just because they were different. You could tell a Dodge from a Pontiac back then. In fact, Dodges always have a distinctive look to them, even now. Maybe that is why I like them.

  • SUBLIME

    I cannot believe Penske took a Ford to the Whitehouse to be honored by our President. Keselowski won the NASCAR Championship in a DODGE CHARGER. What a sellout.

  • RT owner

    Side scoops were standard trim for R/T. N96 Ramcharger Hood was optional.