Dodge Coronet RT Hemi 1969 : Reviving a Sleeping Beauty by Auto Enthusiast


YouTube personality Mopars5150 was contacted regarding a scarce 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T. Following the acquisition, the top priority became the revitalization of its engine.



  •  Skilled mechanics at Mopars5150 bring a 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T back to life after it spent 37 years in storage.
  •  The 1969 Coronet R/T is a rare model, with only 170 built with a HEMI engine and only 45 with an automatic transmission.
  •  The Coronet R/T had a single owner since it was purchased new, and it still remains in good condition both inside and out.

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YouTuber Plans To Add More Miles To This Classic Coronet

When delving into discussions about iconic Dodge classic cars, the Charger often takes center stage. However, predating the Charger’s prominence is the car, a nameplate that has been dormant for nearly four decades. It wouldn’t be surprising if younger drivers are unfamiliar with this vehicle.

Nevertheless, for avid classic car enthusiasts, the history of the Coronet is well-known. The dedicated gearheads from the Mopars5150 YouTube channel stumbled upon a well-preserved 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T, boasting an intact exterior and interior. Without hesitation, they acquired the vehicle and set out on a mission to revive this classic muscle car and return it to the open road.

Yet, the skilled mechanics at Mopars5150 encountered an initial hurdle. The Coronet required some extensive work before it could hit the road, presenting a considerable challenge. After peacefully slumbering for approximately 37 years, the car received a wake-up call that demanded the expertise of the Mopars5150 team.

Specs of 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi TorqueFlite

Model1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi TorqueFlite
Body type2-door coupe
Engine425.6-ci HEMI V8
Output425 hp
Torque490 lb-ft
TransmissionTorqueFlite automatic 3-speed gearbox
Top Speed145 mph
0-60 mph4.9 seconds

Finding and acquiring this well-hidden treasure in metal is one thing, and bringing it back to life is another. Mopars5150 had no plans to consign this 1969 Dodge R/T to a non-static existence in a classic car museum. The car had already spent more than half of its life idling, and returning it to the roads is the only way for it to receive justice. It was an epic vehicle rescue of a classic Coronet, which deserves to be on the road, not in a barn or any storage unit.

Before the owner stopped driving the R/T in 1986, he had already covered 58,165 miles, as indicated by its odometer, over a span of around 17 years. Mopars5150 intends to add more miles to the odometer, perhaps just a few thousand more. Whatever Mopars5150 has in mind for this Coronet R/T, it will only matter if they can bring its HEMI V8 engine back to life.

Dodge Coronet Sat For 37 Years

  • Owner bought this Dodge Coronet R/T new in his teen years in New York
  • He and family moved to California in 1975, and went back to New York in 1986
  • Owner relocated to Indiana and took the Coronet in a storage
  • Coronet had been in storage since 1986

HEMI Engine Regains Spark After 37 Years

Mopars5150 had the Dodge R/T transported from Indiana to California via a piggyback ride on a trailer truck. Upon arrival, they carefully unloaded the classic car and promptly moved it into the mechanic’s garage for a quick inspection.

A closer look revealed that rust had formed underneath the R/T, which is expected since it had not run for nearly four decades. A more thorough inspection of everything under the hood confirmed the presence of a HEMI V8 for power, and a fire-up was in order. The engine roared back to life, although it was apparent that it needed some attention to function properly.

The YouTube video concluded with the R/T emerging from the garage under its own power, and whatever Mopars5150 plans next for this gem – including potentially featuring it at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) – should be something to watch out for.


After 37 years in slumber, the Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi awakens with a roar, a nostalgic symphony crafted by devoted auto enthusiasts. A resurrection of timeless elegance, the classic beauty now graces the open road, breathing life into automotive history.”

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on available sources and may not be 100% accurate.


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