1965 Dodge Coronet Super Stock Hemi Lightweight
RM | SOTHEBY'S - ARIZONA 2017 - Offered from a Private Collection
- Offered from a private collection
- Desirable lightweight Super Stock Dodge
- “Gold Standard,” formerly owned by Hemi guru Steve Atwell
- High-quality restoration by marque specialists
Super Stock MoPars of the mid-’60s were generally drag cars; aimed at that community, they combined the lightweight architecture of the early 1960s with the newly available Race Hemi engine. Unlike the original 1963 lightweights, however, the aluminum nose and bumpers were replaced with lightened steel; the glass was thinner, and the sound deadener was omitted. Automatic transmissions, if ordered, were a beefed-up TorqueFlite, reconfigured “backwards” with Drive at the bottom, allowing for straightforward manual shifts on the drag strip.
The data tag of the car offered here shows a production schedule date of 3 February 1965. Known as “Gold Standard,” it represents the Holy Grail of Race Hemis, as the former drag-racer of Steve Atwell, the renowned Hemi race car guru and collector. Later part of the renowned Jack Brundage collection of muscular MoPars, for which it was restored by the Wisconsin facility of Muscle Car Restorations, it has twice been exhibited at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, a testament to its quality and excellence.
Unusual specifications include an interior done in tan, almost gold, vinyl and carpeting, with lightweight bucket seats in front, and the rear seat deleted. Extreme lightening touches include the single windshield wiper, a seatbelt on the driver’s side only, and two headlights versus the usual four, while the body is finished in the Dodge color of Bright Red. Throughout, workmanship is exceptional, including the finish of the paint and brightwork, and museum-quality detailing. In particular, the engine compartment is correctly finished, without being overdone. The steel wheels, less hubcaps, are mounted with Firestone blackwall tires.
Showing just over 1,000 miles, a figure that the consignor believes is original, this is an excellent drag-racing Coronet from great names in MoPar collecting.