1963 Dodge Polara Max Wedge

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  1. SRT-Tom

    SRT-Tom Well-Known Member Super Moderator Article Writer

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    Oct 2, 2011
    southern New Jersey
    An owner of a 1963 Dodge Polara convertible (1 of 15), with 23,000 original miles, is selling his rare car on Hemmings.

    It was originally sold new by Farmingdale Garage, Inc. in Farmingdale (Long Island), New York and delivered with the $577.60 Ramcharger Package.

    In May of 1962 Chrysler released its highly engineered drag racing package for the “B” body Dodges and Plymouths to the public. For Dodge it was called “Ramcharger” and for Plymouth it was called “Super Stock”. The 413 cubic inches high-nickel AAQA block came in two versions: an 11:1 compression ratio version producing 410 hp and a 13.5:1 version with 415 hp. Both packages could be ordered with a 3-speed manual transmission or a special, high-performance version of Chrysler’s 727 3-speed automatic with 105 pounds of line pressure and a governor set to shift at 5,800 rpms. Included in the package were: two Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetors mounted on Chrysler’s proprietary cross-ram intake manifold; 3” cast iron exhaust manifolds connected to a highly sophisticated exhaust system with an “H” pipe and 3” factory cutouts that could be opened for sanctioned racing events; a 3.91 sure-grip rear; and high-performance internal components. This was well documented in Motor Trend magazine’s summer issue and a copy is included with the car.

    In 1963 Chrysler increased the cubic inches to 426 and increased the horsepower to 415 and 425 respectively. Fifteen convertibles with the 11:1 compression motor and 727 automatic transmission were built. This is one of those factory-built cars and one of two built in this color combination.

    The engine on this car was rebuilt. The motor was slightly bored and stroked so that the compression ratio could be lowered to 10:1 without sacrificing performance. It dynoed at 558 ft/lbs. of torque at 4,000 rpm and 450 hp at 5,500 rpm and can be driven with 93 octane gas.

    Even though his days of ownership are dwindling, he is still having fun with the car. He drag races it at Lebanon Valley Run.

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