Four of the Rarest Dodge Cars of All-Time
Dodge has produced a long list of vehicles over the years, making it relatively easy to forget some of the lesser-known models. Many of these forgotten cars ended up disappearing from the road, as their limited production forced them into obscurity.
Luckily, we’ve compiled several of the brand’s more rare vehicles below. While their scarceness could easily be attributed to low production numbers, it’s also an indication that each of these vehicles wasn’t particularly popular. Ironically, because of the current difficulty finding one of this vehicles at a Miami Dodge dealer, the models have actually gained some fans following their retirement…
1967/1970 Dodge Coronet R/T HEMI
You may notice that a pair of model years accompany this Dodge Coronet. That’s because there were only four of the muscle cars ever produced. That’s right: two for 1967 and two for 1970. Standing for ‘Road and Track,’ the R/T wasn’t a big hit, which could perhaps be attributed to the brand’s unwillingness to sell them on dealer’s lots.
While Dodge had actually produced a number of Coronets for the 1967 model year, the engineers only ended up making a pair of the Coronet R/Ts, featuring the 7.0-liter Hemi V8 engine. The same goes for the 1970 model year, as there was only two Hemi-powered Coronets produced. The unit was revamped slightly, capable of now delivering 425 horsepower. However, the vehicle was soon lost to time, and it’s current whereabouts are unknown.
1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi
In an attempt to satisfy their NASCAR and racing fans, Dodge decided to install a HEMI engine into their Coronet four-door model, thus making it eligible for competition. The vehicles didn’t appear on owner lots, and while customers had the opportunity to order the vehicles, there were zero units sold.
While the four-door HEMI version of the Coronet never took off, some drivers still got to experience the capabilities of the engine. 136 of the engines were placed into the standard 1966 Coronets (according to GearHeads.org), perhaps a result of the lack of interest.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Built for NASCAR race tracks, this vehicle never really took off with the general public. Despite its success on the track (the Daytona’s engine could typically deliver anywhere from 375 to 400 horsepower), there were only 503 units produced, making it a rare find today.
In fact, a recent enthusiast came across an old Daytona. Despite being beat up, the vehicle is expected to fetch around $150,000 at auction. Another Daytona is expected to sell for upwards of $800,000!
Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
As Chris Perkins of Jalopnik.com writes, production on the twin Hybrid SUVs began in the summer of 2008, but the plant that was supposed to produce the vehicle was shut down only two months later. Only 400 of the vehicles were ultimately produced, and the hybrid never hit the market.
Considering the limited number of units produced, it’s unlikely that you’ll find any of these vehicles lying around today. However, if you do, you should expect to fetch a pretty penny for that ride. If this crazy hypothetical ends up happening, remember who told you about these cars in the first place…