Rare Four-Door HEMI Sedan: Dodge Coronet’s Untold Story

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Rare Four-Door HEMI Sedan
Rare Four-Door HEMI Sedan

Among HEMI-powered vehicles, rarity and desirability go hand in hand, with some models commanding more attention than others. Convertible variants, in particular, are highly coveted due to their scarcity, as fewer than 200 were produced with the formidable 426 engine. This elite group includes notable models such as the 1970 Coronet R/T (two units produced), 1967 Coronet R/T (three), 1970 Road Runner (three), and 1970 Super Bee (four).

However, Dodge also produced a limited run of four-door sedans equipped with the potent 425-horsepower engine. This occurred in 1966 when a handful of Coronet four-door sedans were fitted with the HEMI, resulting in what can only be described as a true rarity, with estimates suggesting only five sedans received this treatment.

Of the five sedans, one was reportedly exported outside North America, while another found its home in Canada. The remaining three sedans were retained within the United States, with two being acquired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Remarkably, all three domestically sold examples have survived to the present day. The white sedan showcased here is one of these rare specimens.

Rare Four-Door HEMI Sedan
Rare Four-Door HEMI Sedan

Currently housed in the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Florida, this four-door sedan represents one of the two vehicles acquired by the FBI. While details regarding its journey to the museum are scarce, the sedan has undergone restoration to original specifications, boasting flawless exterior and engine bay appearances.

Despite its unassuming appearance, characterized by its white paint and front bench seat, this four-door HEMI remains a prized possession, with examples fetching substantial sums at auction. While recent auction prices are unavailable, a red counterpart was sold in 2007 for an impressive $660,000, underscoring its allure in today’s classic car market.

The museum also showcases Don Garlits’ very first hot rod, a 1939 Ford Coupe purchased in 1954 and later restored in 1987, featuring a first-generation Chrysler HEMI engine. Additionally, the collection includes a unique 1967 Ford Ranchero acquired from renowned engine builder Ed Donovan, which underwent a transformation to a 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) “side oiler” configuration by John Garrison, adding to the diverse array of HEMI-powered gems on display.

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