1968 Dodge Coronet R/T
The all new 1968 Coronet R/T and Coronet Super Bee were truly performance
vehicles. Standard big blocks and plenty of performance add-ons
said one thing; "We mean business". These cars were part
of the newly created "Scat Pack" marketing campaign introduced
by Dodge in 1968.
The Coronet received all new sheet metal in 1968. The car grew
in length slightly from the previous year and incorporated more
smooth curves than the 1967 model. The quarter panels featured smooth
teardrop style curves which led to the tail panel. On each quarter
panel were two scallops at the leading edge nearest the door. All
Coronet R/T's and Super Bee's received a power bulge hood with chrome
simulated rear facing vents.
The Coronet R/T was available in hardtop or convertible and featured
R/T emblems on the grill, tail panel, and front fenders. The interior
was deluxe styled and featured console, map lights, clock, tachometer,
and plenty of chrome plating. The R/T featured heavy duty suspension
and was available with the standard 440 Magnum or the 426 Hemi.
The 1968 Coronet Super Bee was quite a different car from the Coronet
R/T in that it was targeted at the young buyer looking for cheap
speed. Essentially, the Super Bee was Dodge's answer to the all
new 1968 Plymouth
Road Runner. The Super Bee was basically a base Coronet sedan
that came standard with a heavy duty suspension package which included
big torsion bars, leaf springs, and shocks. As well, all Super Bee's
rode on Red Streak tires and included a throaty dual exhaust system
with chrome tips. The base motor was the 383cid but the hemi was
available for those willing to spend a lot more. The performance
image of the Super Bee was largely pronounced with the dual bumble
bee stripe across the trunk and quarter panels. These cars were
a smash hit with young buyers.
Hardtop, convertible (total production: 10,465)