Dodge Coronet Station Wagon
For the first time since 1945, the Dodge model line was restyled for 1949 and introduced somewhat late in April of that year. Longer and lower than the 1948 models and with crisper and more modern styling, the large Dodge models were now based on a 123.5-inch wheelbase. The Coronet nameplate was applied for the first time, marking the top available trim level. Supported by the all-new, entry-level Wayfarer series, the Coronet was a major success that helped Chrysler’s Dodge Division sell nearly 300,000 units, commanding second place in the medium-price car market.
The Coronet line was powered by Dodge’s tried and true “flathead” inline six-cylinder engine, which generated 103 hp from just 230 cubic inches. The three-speed Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission was standard, while the “Gyro-Matic” variant was optional. Priced from $2,865 when new, the six-passenger station wagon topped the Coronet series and provided a sense of sporting elegance with its beautifully wood-framed bodywork.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
103 bhp, 230 cu. in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine, semi-automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 123.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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