Junkyard Gem: 1973 Dodge Coronet Customized Sedan

Chrysler had nice success promoting the rear-wheel-drive B-Physique household of vehicles in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, with such famously muscular machines because the Charger, Highway Runner, Tremendous Bee, Superbird, and Daytona (to not point out the extremely elegant Cordoba) driving on the B platform. The bread-and-butter Chrysler Bs had been odd midsize sedans with Slant-6 and small-displacement V8 engines, although, and immediately’s Junkyard Gem is a kind of vehicles: a 1973 Dodge Coronet Customized.

The ’73 Coronet was primarily the identical automobile because the ’73 Plymouth Satellite tv for pc, with a number of extra luxurious and comfort options and correspondingly larger price ticket. You possibly can additionally say it was the sedan model of the Charger. That is the second ’73 Coronet Customized I’ve present in a Denver space yard in the course of the previous yr, after this very brown instance we admired final summer season.

It was irritating to seek out two Satellite tv for pc siblings filled with low-cost trim elements once I did, as a result of my 24 Hours of Lemons crew had simply completed constructing a really correct duplicate of California Governor Jerry Brown’s well-known ’74 Satellite tv for pc and we would gone loopy looking for bits and items.

The Customized was the highest trim stage for the Coronet in 1973, and you might get one with a V8 engine beginning at $3,129 (about $20,650 in 2022 {dollars}). The most cost effective doable Satellite tv for pc sedan was $2,824 that yr. In the meantime, GM supplied the Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu and its Pontiac Luxurious LeMans sibling with 4 doorways and eight cylinders for $3,013 and $3,344, respectively. Ford might put you in a V8-equipped Gran Torino sedan for $3,140 that yr.

Chrysler supplied one thing that GM and Ford could not match, nonetheless: the LA-series small-block V8 engine. Positive, the standard on Chrysler electrical parts was a lot decrease than what you noticed in GM and Ford vehicles of the time, and the Chrysler B-Physique nonetheless had an old style front-torsion-bar/rear-leaf-spring suspension, however the 318-cubic-inch Chrysler V8 engine held collectively higher than the V8s of any of its rivals on the time (actually, Chrysler saved making 318s— later known as the Magnum 5.2— till the 2002 mannequin yr). If that is the 318 that got here with the automobile when it rolled off the meeting line on Lynch Highway in Detroit, then it was rated at 150 horsepower. I am going to guess it could nonetheless run proper now if given gasoline and starter energy. By the top of 1973, sure geopolitical occasions might have made this automobile’s unique purchaser want they’d purchased the fuel-sipping Slant-6, regardless of its 105 horsepower, or even perhaps a Colt as a substitute of a Coronet.

Registration paperwork within the automobile signifies that it had legitimate Colorado tags as just lately as 2018. This is the overhead view of its former deal with in Denver.

Even with the V8 engine in your new 1973 Coronet Customized, the bottom transmission was a three-on-the-tree column-shift guide. In case you wished a four-speed floor-shifted guide, you needed to fork over an additional 202 bucks (that is about $1,333 in 2022 {dollars}), and a four-on-the-floor Coronet sedan would have been very cool. Even 49 years in the past, although, most American drivers insisted on automated transmissions of their new vehicles, and that is what this automobile has. This three-speed Torqueflite slushbox value $211, or about $1,392 immediately.

As soon as you have already spent that form of cash on an V8 engine and automated, why not shell out 65 bucks (about $429 immediately) for a single-speaker AM radio? A number of the AM hits of 1973 had been effectively price paying that type of cash for (yeah, yeah, the #1 music that yr was a lame-O Tony Orlando & Daybreak schmaltzfest, however you might all the time change stations when it got here on).

Lengthy hoods regarded cool in the course of the early Seventies, so this automobile has a few two-foot hole between the grille and the engine. 

There’s some rust within the standard locations, nothing that will scare a resident of Wisconsin or New Hampshire, and the inside has been roasted to crispiness by many years of Denver solar. Detroit sedans of the early Seventies simply aren’t price restoring once they get to this situation, and that is why this automobile is in a yard simply south of Denver at this second.

The baggies of fermenting moist cigarette butts would give this automobile a pungent scent in heat climate, however I shot this automobile in below-freezing temperatures and it wasn’t so unhealthy.

I could not discover a 1973-1974 Coronet TV business on-line, however this one for the Satellite tv for pc provides you the thought.

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