This is one of those cases where an engine swap was absolutely the right call.

One popular way for street racers and even legitimate track racers to make a car faster is to swap out the engine. This 1965 Dodge Coronet has gone through such a transplant, resulting in a much more potent and entertaining ride. Street Dreams Texas is offering this Coronet 440 for sale, so you can add it to your collection.

Gallery: 1965 Dodge Coronet Hits And Rips With A 440

Dodge did make a Coronet 440 in 1965, but the name was misleading since it packed a slant six or the optional 273ci V8. Thankfully someone dropped a true 1971 440ci V8 in this bad boy, pumping performance up to a level anyone with oil in their veins will cherish. Rounding out that offering is an aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold, two 4 bbl Edelbrock carbs, and the coveted A833 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter. This car handles great, even with all that extra power, thanks to the heavy-duty stabilizer bar up front, coilover shocks in the rear, and B.F. Goodrich Radial T/As on all four wheels.

You’ll find that despite the Frankenstein powertrain swap, the exterior of this Mopar classic stays true to factory specs. The Bright Red paint looks good, as do the steelie wheels painted to match, with polished dog dish hubcaps attached. On the inside is the correct red cloth and vinyl upholstery, what appears to be the original headliner in good condition, plus factory gauges, although an auxiliary tachometer and some other aftermarket gauges have been added.

Dodge offered the Coronet in various forms from 1949 to 1975, with nameplate applied to a whole range of cars. When it debuted for 1965, it lined up with the look and feel of larger Dodge models, which was a simpler and more of a muscle car appearance. This particular car comes with the maintenance record, so you know it has been cared for properly. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add this classic Mopar to your garage.