The Dodge Coronet comes from the arguable height of the muscle car era – when enthusiasm for big-engine, bright colored coupes was at an all-time high. The Coronet isn’t really comparable to the most famous cars from that time, however. It doesn’t have the pedigree of the NASCAR-bred Roadrunner or the baddass reputation of the Charger, but that doesn’t mean Dodge never tried to make it cool.
Regular Car Reviews recently got behind the wheel of a fan’s Coronet R/T, which packs the venerable 448 Big Block under its hood. The owner modified the huge V8 with a slew of parts to give it more power, but Mr. Regular isn’t sold on the Coronet. The overly boosted power steering, lack of overdrive and floaty suspension aren’t endearing muscle car traits to him – they’re just bad.
In the words of Mr. Regular, the Coronet is a car that is riding on the coattails of baby boomer’s enthusiasm for it. We’re not sure if we agree (we’ve never driven a Coronet) but it seems true for many muscle cars. Who knows, though, maybe the Coronet will suddenly pick up a Millenial fan base and rocket upward in value. We doubt it, though.