Entertainment and the Dodge Coronet
The Dodge Coronet is car model that started as a high-end car in the early 1950s, but dropped to the low-end car in the late 1950s. Eventually the car became a hot rod and then turned into a mid-size sedan and station wagon in the 1970s. It is true that the car is not as memorable as the Chevy Belair, Ford Mustang, or Mercedes Gullwing, but it did appear in many popular television shows.
I Love Lucy: A 1951 Dodge Coronet appeared in a significant role in the sixth season of the show. When Lucy and Ethel travel south to meet their husbands in Florida, they hitch a ride with a woman who drives a Coronet, but they believe is an actual ax murderer. As usual, hilarious antics ensue.
Gomer Pyle, USMC: Pyle buys a 1958 Dodge Coronet from a friend, but eventually the car meets with a sad demise as it bursts into flames later in the episode. It was not uncommon to see Dodge Coronet police cars on the show.
Mod Squad: The fashionable group rode around town in a 1970 Coronet, but they were also frequently found a convertible version that was specially modified to be extra-stylish for the show. The police cars on the show were usually designed from Dodge Coronets, too.
Highway Patrol: In the 1950s, Highway Patrol was a popular show starring Broderick C. People have remarked that the choice of a Dodge Coronet as the patrol car was perfect, because the front of the models that were used look like scowling faces, especially as they appeared in the rearview mirrors of the offenders’ cars. Since the show appeared for several years in the 1950s, there were Coronets from 1956, 57, 58, and 59. It was not uncommon to see Dodge Coronet Lancer convertibles in some episodes, too.rawford as Chief Dan Mathews. His patrol car of choice was a Dodge Coronet. Many
Several other television shows have episodes where a Dodge Coronet plays an important role. You can see various years and models of Dodge Coronets in Adam-12, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Dukes of Hazzard, Mission Impossible, The Brady Bunch, King of the Hill, and The Rockford Files.