San Francisco Street Sighting - 1968 Dodge Coronet 440
Oh boy, if cars could talk. The 1968 Dodge Coronet sedan was not a particularly exciting vehicle, but I find this one fascinating.
The Coronet was Dodge's midsize offering for 1968 and received a full redesign which gave it more of a Coke-bottle shape. All Dodges that year got small round side marker lights to meet the new federal standards. The Coronet 440 was a mid-range trim level slotting below the Coronet 500; contrary to logical assumption, the 440 was not available with the 440 cubic inch Magnum V8. The 440 was only offered in the Coronet R/T.
I have no way of knowing which engine sits under the hood of this weathered brown sedan. It has a single exhaust pipe hidden under the rear end, but only about 8,200 of 103,500 Coronet 440s were six-cylinder cars, so a small-block V8 is likely in this example. It appears to be a lifelong San Francisco car, purchased at Fred R. Nichols Dodge (1506 Valencia St.) in the city. It's spent time at the Treasure Island Naval Station, likely as a Navy man's daily driver. It's all original down to the hubcaps, chrome rub strips and black California license plates. And amazingly, it appears not to have been washed in a very long time. From other photos I've seen of this car on Flickr, it has a friend, a slightly older white Coronet 440 wagon in similar condition. It really should be cleaned to take off all that mess of moss, though with this level of hard-earned patina that most cars will never see, I'd be scared to do it.
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old cars wherever I go.