March 1, 2019
One year before the debut of the Charger and the Dodge Rebellion advertising campaign, a correctly equipped 1965 Dodge Coronet, maybe like this 440 2-door hardtop, was one of Mopar’s entries in the hot muscle car category. New for 1965, the Coronet was available in three series: base Coronet, Coronet 440, and Coronet 500. Engines ranged from a 225cid slant-six (standard on all but the 500 and the three-seat wagon) and a 273cid V-8 (which was standard on those two), up through V-8 engines of 318, 361, and 383 cubic inches. But it didn’t end there. A 426cid, 365-hp 4-bbl was optional in all models, from the lowly Coronet two-door sedan right on up through the hardtops, convertibles, and station wagons. And if that wasn’t enough, Chrysler's fabled 426 Hemi-Charger engine, with two four-barrel carbs and rated at 425 hp, was available in all but the station wagons. Four-speed transmissions could be had with the 361, 383, and the two 426 engines. Saw this 440 hardtop a couple of summers ago in downtown Buffalo.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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