The Dodge 1957 Coronet was one of the best selling full sized American cars of the era. This model was introduced in 1949 as the division’s top trim level and stayed at that position until 1955 when it was replaced by the Custom Royal. This car had a long sleek look with tall tail fins and lots of chrome trim. It was designed by Virgil Exner who worked for several companies and became famous for his forward look designs.
This car was available in many different body styles including the Club Sedan, Lancer hardtop coupe, two door and four door sedans and a station wagon. The 230 cubic inch inline six engine was the base power plant with 138 horsepower. However, buyers could also opt for the 318 cu in V8 or the 340 cu in Hemi. A three speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and a three speed manual were offered with either engine.
Total production for the Coronet in 1957 was just over 281,000 vehicles. This included 143,000 Coronet V-8’s and 17,600 of the inline six cylinder model. As a result, finding one of these automobiles today in restored condition should not be difficult. The best deals should be on the four door sedans since this was the most popular model with buyers in 1957.
When this model was new, it had a distinctive look that was created by a long hood and short rear deck. These features were a result of the design work of Virgil Exner Dodge 1957 Coronet who was responsible for creating some of Chrysler’s most successful post war models. The body of this car was also lower and wider than its prewar counterparts.
For the buyer in the market for a used automobile, it may be possible to find a non restored Coronet for less than $5,000. Obviously, this type of automobile will require some work to bring it back to its former glory. Nonetheless, this is a good deal for a rare and beautiful vehicle that was once considered the pinnacle of the Dodge brand.
As far as the inside of the Coronet, it was well appointed with plenty of standard equipment including push button air conditioning. A dual exhaust system was optional on some models. The interior featured a split vinyl bench seat and a center armrest.
The only major change to the Coronet for 1971 was a minor restyling and changes in option packages. The Brougham and the Super Bee both left the lineup while the Crestwood remained. Sound insulation was improved to give the Coronet a quieter ride and smoother handling.
In 1965, Dodge brought the Coronet back as a muscle car. This time they replaced the 230 inline six with the 426 cu in Hemi that delivered over 500 horsepower. This was one of the most sought after Dodge automobiles of the era and helped to revive the Coronet name that continued to be used through 1976.