Onyx
Red
426 Max Wedge V8
4 Speed Manual
  • Fully documented classic that has a full ownership history / Ground-up restoration completed in 2007
  • 1 of 41 Max Wedge/3-speed Polaras sold in America during the 1963 model year / 1 of 5 currently listed in Galen's Registry
  • Featured in Darrell Davis's “The Complete Guide to the 1963 Dodge Ramcharger Package Dodge 426 Ramcharger”
  • Correct 426 cubic inch Max Wedge V8 / Correct cross-ram induction / 409 dyno-proven horsepower
  • Correct Onyx paint
  • Correct Red vinyl interior
  • Chrysler A833 4-speed manual transmission / Correct Borg Warner T85 3-speed included with sale
  • Sale includes: Copies of the car's IBM card / A full ownership history / Photos taken prior to the car's restoration
  • Sale includes: A Galen Govier Fender Tag decode / A Galen's Tag Services Visual Inspection / Galen's Registry paperwork
  • Correctly equipped with exhaust cutouts / Correct 14-inch wheels

The great thing about cars like this sinister Dodge Polara is their classic simplicity. They're essentially the automotive equivalent to Mid-Century furniture: clean, classy and so well thought that they're pretty much timeless. Gone was the post-war focus on American flamboyance, yet, at the same time, that era's focus on quality and detail was still fully intact. And that's why, like Mid-Century furniture, full-size muscle cars are more in demand than ever! When it comes to something that's in demand, it's a wise choice to find the very best. And that's where this Dodge begins to really excel. For starters, it's backed by a fully documented ownership history. It's been inspected by MoPar guru Galen Govier and listed in Galen's Registry. And it's also featured in Darrell Davis's “The Complete Guide to the 1963 Dodge Ramcharger Package Dodge 426 Ramcharger”. So, what's better than an acutely restored Max Wedge Polara that rattles the windows? An acutely restored Max Wedge Polara that rattles the windows, graces the registry and serves as a well-documented point of reference for the entire hobby!

HISTORY/CONDITION

“One of the best 1963 MP cars I have seen”

That's exactly what Galen Govier wrote on his visual inspection of this exclusive MoPar. If that doesn't tell you how nice this Dodge is, you're just going to have to show up at our door and check it out for yourself. 1 of 41 Max Wedge/3-speed Polaras sold in America during the 1963 model year, and 1 of only 5 currently listed in Galen's Registry, this stunning coupe is a model of collectability. The car met its first owner at Missouri's Bryant Motor Company in November of 1963, and would charge through the years with the same dedicated family until 1998. Thanks to a fortuitous 3-month flip with a second owner, the Dodge found its way to owner number three and a detailed, ground-up restoration that was conducted by Nostalgia Lane of Machesney Park, Illinois. That rebuild was completed circa 2007, right in the middle of the third owner's 12-year stewardship of the car. Owner number four would house the Dodge for another four years. And today, this Polara rolls as super slick MoPar muscle that mixes stellar performance with killer aesthetics!

For 1963, the Polara wrapped a fresh, Space Age profile around a lengthened wheelbase that gifted the car much improved proportions. At the front of this classic's correct Onyx profile, a broad grille centers clear headlights between small parking lamps, a sublime bumper and a chrome fratzog emblem. Above that grille, a correct hood flows toward mostly-correct glass that's cleared with bright wipers, shielded by polished drip rails and framed in mirrored trim. Below that glass, a whittled, “Polara” branded fuselage floats correct sweeps between a correct mirror, classy door handles, a correct antenna and polished rocker guards. And at the back of the car, a second bumper founds textured taillights beneath an expressive “Dodge” script, a vintage Bryant Motors badge and a second fratzog emblem.

ENGINE

There is much debate over who actually invented the muscle car. Most people believe it was Pontiac, with their 'big engine in a mid-size car' antics. But that line of thought doesn't really account for the brand's hot Bonneville or storied Super Duty engines. That mindset also totally ignores car's like Plymouth's mighty Belvedere and this neck-snapping Polara. Whatever the semantics are, it's hard to argue this isn't a muscle car after one ride behind its 426 cubic inch Max Wedge V8. Chrysler's top option for power hungry gearheads, the legendary Ramcharger twisted hearty 11 to 1 compression into 415 horsepower and 480 lb./ft. of strip-ready torque straight from the factory. At the top of the high-nickel monster motor, correctly decaled air cleaners feed correct Carter carburetors, which are positioned on a correct cross-ram intake. That aluminum manifold hangs a traditional points distributor between stainless fuel lines, MoPar canister filters and pliable Packard plug wires. Those cables snake around traditional, “426 RAMCHARGER” branded valve covers, which reflect radical, 3-inch exhaust manifolds. Cooling for the big engine is provided by a correct Chrysler radiator, which rides between fully restored ancillaries and fully restored horns. And, like the dyno-proven mill, the car's Onyx engine bay is highly detailed and exceptionally impressive, from its correct master cylinder all the way to its fresh yellow cap battery.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

When this coupe left Hamtramck it was equipped with a rare, for the Polara, Borg Warner T85 3-speed. However, in the name of drivability, the car's restorers substituted a tough A833 4-speed. That said; if you absolutely MUST have an authentic driving experience, our sale includes a correct T85 that the techs at our own RKM Performance Center can easily install. Naturally, there's a rebuilt front torsion bar and rear leaf suspension that's been completely restored to include old school manual steering. At the center of that chassis, aluminized exhaust shuttles spent gases in to either correct cutouts or an H-pipe crossover that hangs in front of throaty turbo mufflers. At the sides of those pipes, rebuilt drums hide behind polished covers, body-matched steelies and 215/75R14 American Classic whitewalls. And the car's over-restored floors have been treated to the same first-class detailing as its engine bay and exterior panels.

INTERIOR

As specified by its Fender Tag, this MoPar currently rolls with a Polara Grade Red interior. The broad bench seats are firm and, despite being traditional muscle car vinyl, provide an upscale, tailored appearance. There's a pristine dash that hangs intricate telemetry and a factory-spec radio beneath a requisite Sun tachometer. At the bottom of that dash, fresh carpet floats color-keyed floor mats around a small shifter. And in front of the driver, a 2-tone steering wheel spins polished spokes around a cool fratzog centerpiece.

PROVENANCE

In addition to significant historical documentation, this Dodge's substantial provenance includes a Galen Govier Visual Inspection that breaks down the car's Fender Tag as follows:

* 1026: Scheduled for production on Friday, October 26th, 1962
* 0215: Shipping Order Number
* BD63: Dodge V8/Polara
* Y2: 2-door hardtop
* TR64: Vinyl Polara interior that features a bench seat with a folding armrest
* M5: Red interior color
* PB: Onyx roof paint
* NB: Onyx body paint
* T: Mono-tone paint with no side sweep color
* A6: Floor-shifted Borg Warner T85 3-speed manual transmission
* G1: AM radio that's complete with a front speaker
* J5: Heater that's complete with a defroster
* N8: Windshield washer
* P1: Manual driver's mirror
* Q9: 426 cubic inch dual-quad V8 that utilizes 11 to 1 compression to create 415 horsepower
* Y2: Sold car

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OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* A vintage marketing brochure
* Vintage literature detailing the Ramcharger
* Copies of the car's IBM card
* The car's original Operating Instructions and factory accessory literature
* Multiple service manuals
* Photos taken prior to the car's restoration
* A wiring diagram
* Engine dyno results
* A full ownership history
* The aforementioned Galen Govier Fender Tag decode
* A Galen's Tag Services Visual Inspection
* Galen's Registry paperwork
* The aforementioned Borg Warner T85 3-speed
* A set of correct hub caps
* A second set of tires
* The car's cutout plates
* An array of spare parts
* The car's original aluminum keys and Bryant Motors key holder
* A Bryant Motors ice scraper
* A vanity plate
* A large show board

Fully documented, carefully restored and ready to roll, this incredible Polara is both unique and rare. Wrapping correct Max Wedge power and a tough A833 4-speed in sinister aesthetics that'll shame a presidential limo, this B-body operates squarely in the crosshairs of class and collectability. If you're ready to up your classic car game, take the wheel of this registry-listed Dodge!

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SUMMARY

* Fully documented classic that has a full ownership history / Ground-up restoration completed in 2007
* 1 of 41 Max Wedge/3-speed Polaras sold in America during the 1963 model year / 1 of 5 currently listed in Galen's Registry
* Featured in Darrell Davis's “The Complete Guide to the 1963 Dodge Ramcharger Package Dodge 426 Ramcharger”
* Correct 426 cubic inch Max Wedge V8 / Correct cross-ram induction / 409 dyno-proven horsepower
* Correct Onyx paint
* Correct Red vinyl interior
* Chrysler A833 4-speed manual transmission / Correct Borg Warner T85 3-speed included with sale
* Sale includes: Copies of the car's IBM card / A full ownership history / Photos taken prior to the car's restoration
* Sale includes: A Galen Govier Fender Tag decode / A Galen's Tag Services Visual Inspection / Galen's Registry paperwork
* Correctly equipped with exhaust cutouts / Correct 14-inch wheels

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