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.

 

 


9 Comments

  • Posted April 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    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!

    • Posted April 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      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…

  • Posted April 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

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

  • Posted April 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

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

  • epicurus
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

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

    • SUBLIME
      Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

      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
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    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
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

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

  • John
    Posted March 16, 2015 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Sadly, the ’70 Coronet, ’70 Super Bee, or the R/T of the Coronet was my ALL time favorite car….. You could get the base model ’70 Coronet with a 225 Slant 6 in it all the way to the muscle car engine, 426 Hemi…..MOST of the slant 6 cars however were molested, and had big blocks replacing the 6 cylinders!

    You could have gotten the ’70 Coronet, in 4 door model, and even a WAGON as when the “Coronet” was offered many years before it wasn’t a muscle Car at all! It was known as a “Family” car, it wasn’t till the big blocks got real use in this B body Mopar that in recent times have claimed muscle Car status, it wasn’t meant as a muscle car when it was new in 1970….At least not the Coronet anyway, the R/T and the Super bee were just sportier versions of the Coronet!

    Then to add to this line up, the Coronet as a B body was the BASE to the Charger in ’66….Get it right people! The Coronet was the family car, and they wanted something a bit more aggressive, so they took the Coronet, and designed new things around it, and hence the “Charger” was born. Basically took a Coronet, gave it a “fastback” and a slightly different grille, and you got the ’66 Charger. You could however take the ’66 Coronet, CONVERTIBLE, replace the grille with a Charger grille and get a CONVERTIBLE “Charger” as NONE were produced in ’66 or ’67, ALL were fastbacks

    Then ’71, when they took the then new style of the Charger, and made a slightly altered version of it and re-badged it “Super Bee” which was originally a Coronet upgrade.

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