The Dodge Coronet was a line of cars introduced by Chrysler two times in two different periods and in two different styles. The first of the Dodge Coronet appeared in the mid 50s. It was then dropped by Chrysler by the end of the decade, only to be re-introduced in the middle of the 60s. But the 60s Dodge Coronet was an entirely different Coronet from the one introduced in the 50s.
The 50s Dodge Coronet is a line of full-size cars. It was the base trim of two other Dodge cars that shared the same basic chassis: the Dodge Royal and the Dodge Custom Royal. The groundwork of the three cars were basically the same, except that the Dodge Coronet was less equipped and the apparent difference made by the absence of the chrome work on the Coronet. Upon introduction, it was available as a 2- or 4-door station wagon, a hardtop coupe, and a 2- 0r 4-door sedan. Engine choices include an I6, a V6 and a V8. A popular engine during its time called the "Getaway" L-head straight-6 was also employed on later models. This Dodge Coronet was manufactured and sold by Chrysler from 1953 to 1957.
After a brief absence, the Dodge Coronet was re-introduced in 1965 as a mid-size car. It was an entirely different car with just one thing in common with the older Dodge Coronet: it was still a muscle car. After two years, it got a major redesign in 1967 while still larger models of it were introduced in 1968. Many changes were made to the car, including the use of larger engines, until it was dropped from the Dodge car line-up for the 1971 model year.
By the looks of the car and using present standards, one can describe the Dodge Coronet as a classic car. But classic, in the case of the Coronet, does not mean that the car cannot match the performance of current cars. One must remember that the Dodge Coronet was equipped with one of the most powerful engine during its time. With a little restoration and addition of high performance Dodge Coronet parts, one can make the Dodge Coronet be at par with the performance of modern day cars.