Car: Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible
What makes it special: The Dodge Coronet received a redesign in 1966, trim levels initially were base Coronet, Coronet 440 and Coronet 500. When the 426ci Hemi was made available to the general public for the 1965 model year, it could be ordered in any Coronet model or trim level.
What made it famous: The 1966 Dodge Coronet received a dramatic restyling that complemented Dodge’s new Charger fastback. They became shorter and wider, with sculpted sides and bold character lines at the top and bottom of the fenders. Mesh grilles with turn signals at the end were balanced by large square taillights. The 440 cu in. Wedge V8 replaced the 413 V8 engine, and a 426 cu in Street Hemi V8, equipped with dual 4-barrel carburetors and hydraulic lifters, could be ordered by customers. The Hemi delivered 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 14.5 seconds.
Why I would want one: It's got clean lines. It's a great looking car and features some of the boldest styling cues of the mid 60's. Plus, it's available with the 440 V8 or the 426 Hemi V8. Either choice goes great when backed up by an available three-speed column shift, three-speed Torqueflite automatic and floor-shifted 4-speed transmission.
Fun fact: A reported 732 Hemi Coronets left the factory in 1966.
( 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible photo from barrett-jackson.com )