Hi, I am sure I am going to get a lot of feedback that this isn't true or that this is impossible but I have researched this topic extensively, looked at all the specifications on line and in books and even contacted Chrysler Corporation's Historic Department who sent me a letter and police brochure for 1976 Police cars which all point to this conclusion, CHP was responsible for Chrysler building the 1976 Dodge Coronet with a 440 engine which became the 77-78 Dodge Monaco and Plymouth Fury 440s. These police cars were one of the fastest police cars made up until Chevrolet built the LT-1 powered Caprices nearly 20 years later. This is the story, so to speak, in 1975 CHP contacted Chrysler that they wanted a 440 powered Coronet. CHP always made one year contracts with car companies to supply their huge fleet. As far as police cars go, CHP was the contract that the big three always competed to get because they were the biggest consumer of police cars and were the only department that turned their over every year in large numbers. CHP told Chrysler that if they built them a 440 powered intermediate body style sedan that they would have the contract to supply their entire fleet for 1976. Needless to say the 440 powered Coronet was born. Up until 1976, 440s were only in the full size Monacos, Gran Furys which were quick in their own right, but a 440 in a smaller body would be much better to say the least. As a result, 1440 440 powered Coronets that year. Most being CHP cars built some were in other departments because they would piggyback their orders with CHP. Departments like San Jose just to mention one. The following two years many more were built under the new name Dodge Monaco and Plymouth Fury. If you read the 1976 Chrysler Police brochure, the 440 was only available in CA, all other states could only get 400s. As yourself why? Why would an engine that was in production much longer than the 400 and I am sure is not as emissions friendly be only available in the state that was the strictest in their car emissions standards. The reason was that Chrysler only built it to supply CHP. They were unable to build these cars on a country wide scale. Chrysler used 440 truck engines for these special cars. It's even on the engine ID code in my '76, 76 440 T. Believe me, I am not writing this because I have one of these very rare cars. I have found this out during the restoration of my 76 CHP Coronet that has a 440, which is numbers matching, which I am sure is much rarer at this point, since Police cars were always blowing engines, transmissions etc. during their "in service life". The reason I am sharing this story is because I love reading the origins of how special cars were built. For example, how the 440 Dart was built by, I believe Grand Spaulding Dodge, the famous dealership in Chicago, that shoehorned a 440 in a Dart and brought to Detroit to show it can be done. As a result the Dart GSS was born! I am an American car fanatic. Always have been. My father, uncle and many other relatives worked for GM. Some in the now defunct Linden NJ plant and my dad in the Englewood NJ Part Divison plant that in the early 80's moved to Bensalem PA. I am not only a car fan but also a student of the history of American cars. I have a small car collection. Of all three, GM, Ford and my favorite Chrysler. Well, now that I have written this Thread. Everyone lay it on me! Hit me with all the opinions of how I am wrong and I don't know what I am talking about. After being around this hobby for over 30 years I know one thing. Talking about cars is a lot like talking about Politics. Everyone has there own opinions they feel is correct and when someone challenges that opinion, it usually ends in a discussion, sometimes heated, about you are wrong and he/she is right. I don't get upset when people talk to me and say I'm wrong when it comes to cars. Some people will always think what they know is right and you can bring them every fact possible and they will never change their mind. That's just the way it is, instead of getting upset, I am polite and say something like, "Oh really? I did not know." Life to short to argue about something you can never change. I just try to enjoy this great hobby as much as I can for as long as I can. Life is too short. Thanks for reading and please respond. I would love to hear people's opinion on this subject if they know something about it. That's what this thread is for right? Thanks again!