The Motorious beta is now available to all users.  Learn more about what this means.

Forget The Chevy This Dodge Coronet Beats It In Numerous Ways

By Max Holder Mar 28, 2019
news
Shop Classics
By Max Holder Mar 28, 2019
This 1956 Dodge Coronet is a particularly rare D-500 convertible, sporting the 315 Hemi motor

Whilst most people will remember the late fifties Chevrolet offerings with fondness and appreciation, Dodge’s rival was a better car in many ways. With values of ‘57 Chevys sometimes exceeding six figures, one has to wonder how and why certain cars gain the kudos they end up brandishing.

Marketing ploys of the era happily pointed out how the Dodge was better in every conceivable way: better visibility, better standard equipment, faster, safer, better luggage space, better value for money, the list was endless. In a particularly amusing advert they even pointed out how the brake pedal was a full five inches wider than the Chevy’s. Is that a thing?

1956 Dodge Coronet D-500
View in gallery

Chevy were using Pikes Peak to show the crowds who was boss in their marketing campaigns, whilst Dodge managed to break 306 American Automobile Association records for endurance and performance in 1956. One of these records was an astonishing 14 day, 31000 mile marathon averaging 92.86 miles per hour.

Although most will immediately refer to the late sixties Coronet for its high performance Super Bee and R/T packages, the model had already enjoyed six generations by that point in time.

The car featured here is a 1956 model and a particularly rare one at that. The Super D-500 was the sportier version and this example even features a retractable roof.

View in gallery
View 10+
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View
["1956 Dodge Coronet D-500"]
View 10+

It features the 315 cubic inch Hemi V8 that has quite some poke for a car of this era. With 260 horsepower available under your right foot this isn’t an ordinary Coronet. In addition, it features a four barreled carburetor that is not dissimilar to the one supplied with the NASCAR homologation version, the D-500-1.

Many Coronets of this era feature two tone paint, yet here we have an all black example, which certainly hints at the potential under the hood.

For more information on this Dodge Coronet visit the Motorious classifieds.

1956 Dodge Coronet D-500
View in gallery

More 50s content


Could You Tame This 750 Horsepower ‘57 Chevy Belair?
Adam Levine's 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Is Auction Bound

Related articles

This Near Delivery Mileage GT Is Perfect For Your Collection

With prices now nearly treble the original MSRP, this 2005 Ford GT sports just 500 miles from new. Back in 1966 Ford...
By Max Holder Apr 22, 2019

Rare Oxford White Ford F-150 Lightning Has Ultra Low Miles

This stunning F-150 SVT looks factory fresh with only 928 produced in Oxford White for the year 2000 With values con...
By Max Holder Apr 22, 2019

Land Rover's Unsung Heroes Hit Big Anniversaries For 2019!

We remember when these models were new! Check out the significant milestone anniversaries these Land Rovers have for...
By Gillian Carmoodie Apr 21, 2019

Fancy A Taste Of Your Magnum PI Fantasties? Buy This Ferrari!

This rare 308 GTS Quattrovalvole is concours and sports the sought after European specification Although most collec...
By Max Holder Apr 21, 2019
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard