19-20 January 2017

Offered from a Private Collection

Previous Next

Lot 247

1965 Dodge Coronet Super Stock Hemi Lightweight

  • Chassis no. W051207356

Sold for $110,000

425 bhp, 426 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed TorqueFlite transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117 in.

  • 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.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more