Seven Dodge Coronet Fast Facts
- The Dodge Coronet has undergone a number of changes since it was first produced in 1949. It started out as a full-size car featuring Dodge's highest trim line. In 1955, it slid to sporting the division's lowest trim style, and in the 1960s, it finally transformed into the division's mid-size entry.
- When the Coronet was launched in 1949, it was clad in Dodge's first post-war body style. Powering this pioneering exterior was a 230 cubic inch flat-head six-cylinder engine that has one barrel Stromberg carburetor, which produces 103 horsepower. It was the only engine for Dodge at that time.
- The model gained significant popularity when it was launched as an intermediate-size unit in 1965. The new ensemble of Dodge Coronet parts and accessories instantly clicked, making the Coronet the most popular Dodge make of the '60s.
- The sixth generation of Dodge Coronets featured specifications that are similar to those of the Plymouth Satellite. In this breed, the only body styles that were made available were the sedan and the station wagon, which were just two of the four Coronet body styles. The other pair was the hardtop and the convertible. All four styles have the same dimensions.
- Available in approximately 24 color variations, the Dodge Coronet actually followed a coding scheme that can be observed in all its units. The paint codes were composed of two letters since some units have accentuations and, hence, may have different colors for the roof and the body. If the whole unit sported just one color, the letters would be the same (e.g., BB for an all-black vehicle). A unit with a gray roof and a black body, on the other hand, may have a color code of BG. These codes can be found under the hood, on the left side of the car, which can either be on the left fender side shield or the left wheel housing.
- A "coronet" is a crown worn by royal-blooded personalities who are not kings or queens. It is believed that the Dodge Coronet adopted the term because of the premium-grade trim style it carried with it when it was first offered in the market.
- The year 1976, the last year of the model's production, was marked by a change in the Coronet's identification. Although the same features and Dodge Coronet accessories were maintained, it was eventually known and popularized as the Dodge Monaco. Hollywood productions "Hill Street Blues" and "The Blues Brothers" contributed immensely to the popularity of this "new" model.