The automotive kingdom has, in theory at least, a wide variety of unicorns. With deer season looming for those of us in certain locales, let’s extend this hunting season to getting one of these unicorns.
Hey, both have four legs so that’s close enough.
I’ve long had a hankering to find a unicorn from the year of my birth. Perhaps that rationale is breathtakingly unimaginative and straightforward, but sometimes being unimaginative and straightforward quickly yields the best results. My grandfather says some of the best results he ever got while fishing was in 1945 when using hand grenades in the Rhine River. That’s pretty straightforward.
For an automotive unicorn I’m thinking about transmissions more than color, engine size, body style, or some combination thereof. Might a transmission make more unicorns than anything else? Perhaps; perhaps not.
At any rate, I’m thinking Mopar in this regard. Their willingness to do something atypical certainly exceeded that of others.
So here’s my unicorn – a 1972 Dodge Coronet. Yes, I’ve been itching to find any Coronet of this vintage for about three years and a recent post on a genetically modified one only made the itch worse. On the surface this era of Coronet is nothing extraordinary as tens of thousands were produced, but we’re talking unicorns among the Coronet herd.
See anything unexpected here? For a hint look at what one could have had bolted to a four-barrel 400 V8. Yes, Ma Mopar would sell you a four-on-the-floor in a Coronet sedan.
Were any made? If so, few. Why do I say there were likely actual examples of this theoretical unicorn?
This visually modified Coronet wagon was built with a factory four-speed and is claimed as being one of four produced this way. All were no doubt special ordered.
There are other unicorns, particularly when looking through the lens of transmissions. This ’78 Chrysler LeBaron has a factory four-speed.
And this 1970 Ford LTD was built with a three-on-the-tree. This video is either a love-it or hate-it affair. Speaking of three-speeds, in search for various unicorns I also found a ’70 Chrysler Newport convertible and a ’71 Ford LTD convertible, both with a factory three-speed on the column.
So what factory built unicorn would you like to find? What combination of engine, transmission, and body style is it? Bonus points if it’s within two years of your birth – I say this so we don’t have a bunch of brown, diesel powered, manual transmission wagons!