Beside this 1966 Dodge Coronet 500, ’66 was a big year for any Dodge car at the time. This is the year when they unleashed the 426 street HEMI engine and the Dodge and Plymouth B-body platforms. This engine appeared as a race-only engine in the early 1960s and was very successful in NASCAR and drag racing.
The idea of putting this race machine into a daily driver resulted in the production of the street HEMI. Therefore this engine was installed on a variety of Dodge and Plymouth models such as Road Runner, GTX, Charger, Super Bee, and others. However, the idea behind this 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 wasn’t just a powerful engine, also style and comfort.
Essentially it was the same engine with a lower compression ratio and some other differences from the previous one but still very powerful. The 426 cubic-inch HEMI big-block V8, was rated at 425 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft. of torque. In this case, we have this engine installed at this gorgeous blue B-body 1966 Dodge Coronet 500.