based on early 1960's Mopar Logo

1965 Dodge Coronet 500

March 2012 Mopar of the Month

1965 Dodge Coronet 500

Bob writes: This Mopar is a pretty special Dodge, a 1965 Coronet 500 with 33,000 actual miles. This car was bought new at Valley Motors in Auburn Washington on November 25th, 1964 by George Orlando of Tacoma Washinton. George bought two Coronet 500s that day, a white one for his daily use, and this red one that would be his special car, reserved for sunny days (rare in Tacoma) and vacation road trips. Although used sparingly, George was meticulous about maintenance and exercising the car regularly. Along with other documents, he kept a log of his travels in this car, with entries about work performed, mileage, nature of the trip taken, how the car was running, etc. It seems unfathomable in today’s busy world that anyone would take the time to chronicle their relationship with an automobile, but this was no ordinary car to George. Covered under blankets when not in use, this car has been garaged since day one.

George passed in 1998 and his widow couldn’t bear to sell the Dodge, so there it sat, still under blankets in the garage. In 2010 it came time to sell the home, so after 45 years the Coronet 500 was put up for sale. Thankfully it was sold to the right person, a dedicated Mopar enthusiast who wasn’t really in the market but couldn’t pass up this incredible low mile car. With an eye towards detail and a careful hand, this Dodge was put back on the road. A new water pump, new master and wheel cylinders, shocks, exhaust, hose and belts -- all of the age-related items were replaced and the originals kept. What remains is a time capsule on four wheels, a car that is very close to showroom new, and still carries the mark of the owner who took so much pride in it.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 with original owner
1966 photo
1965 Dodge Coronet 500 with original owner

A set of Magnum 500s and Radial T/As were added by the second owner, but the original wheels and hubcaps are still with the car. Other than that, the Dodge is exactly as it was. What’s most impressive about this Dodge is the paint, it’s 100% original. At first glance you’d swear it was a repaint, it has the requisite orange peel, the small application flaws here and there, etc. However when you really start looking closely, there’s no evidence of paint work anywhere. No tape lines, no overspray, no areas of blending, nothing. This really perplexed me - how could a 47 year old car with single stage enamel paint (in red!) last this long? I took the car to my painter to get an opinion based on his 40 years of experience. It had the same effect on him, a growing amazement when you come to realize it's all original.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 front interior 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 rear interior

All of the car’s brightwork is in excellent condtion with no trace of pitting. The fragile anodized grill is in terrific shape. All signal lenses are clean and clear. All of the stainless trim on the car is arrow straight with zero dings. The car’s body does has a few small dings scattered about but no areas with any real damage. The Dodge has no problems with rust anywhere, zero, zip, nada. Both bumpers are straight and true, still with good lustre and no pitting. All of the glass is crystal clear and in super condition. All of the weatherstripping on the car looks like new, just very impressive.

1965 Dodge Coronet 500 318 Poly engine 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 rear view
1965 Dodge Coronet 500 side views 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 broadcast sheet


1965 Dodge Coronet 500 collage of photos View a collage of pictures of this 1965 Dodge Coronet 500
[Once open, click on the image to enlarge it. Thanks to Bob for all the excellent photos.]

The Dodge runs and drives just as you would expect from the miles, it is a pleasure to drive.

Contact Bob at Cascadia Classic. SOLD! Note: Bob has recently sold this Dodge to a long-time Mopar collector in Missouri.

View Bob’s Cascadia Classic Blog

Thanks Bob!

Great find and this car deserves a dedicated-Mopar owner!   smile!

Gary H.

Go to the 1962 to 1965 Mopar Web Site Home Page.