The 1963 Dodge Polara features its original sheet metal, engine,
interior and factory Max Wedge exhaust. The Max Wedge originally
displaced 413ci, but new ACCUS/FIA rules for 1963 created the
7.0-liter or 427ci limit for racing. Chrysler responded with its
first 426 versions for the new model year, the engine in this car
being one of then. Topped with a Cross-Ram intake and dual Carter
carburetors, the 426ci V8 engine was available in an ultra-high
compression 13.5:1 format and this milder 11.5:1 design. It was
renewed with rings and gaskets some years ago but is otherwise
unmodified. This Dodge shows 36,416 original miles (the title reads
mileage exempt). Like most Max Wedge Cars built prior to Chrysler's
4-speed arrival, it was equipped with a push-button operated Torque
Flite 3-speed automatic transmission as well as 3.23:1 rear gear
ratio. This vehicle was never converted to race trim and has been
well-preserved. Inside the Ivory-painted body, which was refreshed
by the original owner in the 1990s before its first resale, are the
actual factory-installed two-tone white-an-tan upholstered seats,
classic tan metallic dash layout, a Music Master radio and the
original carpet. Another unique part of this car is its whitewall
tires, a crowning touch to the extra trim on the 500 models, which
in this case includes a contrasting tan side trim panel and
driver's side mirror.
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