1963 Dodge 330
Car for sale by RM Auctions Inc in Auburn, Indiana 46706
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
$100,000 - $130,000
- One of just 34 Factory Lightweight models built for 1963
- Odometer indicates just under 491 miles
- 425 hp, 426 cu. in. Max Wedge V-8; A727 TorqueFlite automatic
- Accompanied by a copy of its original car record card and Chrysler Historical Services documentation
The 413 cubic-inch Wedge V-8, so named because of the engines wedge-shaped combustion chambers, was first introduced in Chryslers for 1959, Dodge in 1961, and Plymouth in 1962. These motors were quickly put to good use by the Ramchargers, a racing team composed of Chrysler Corporation engineers, and their exploits crowned Mopar performance as the hottest ticket on dragstrips from coast-to-coast.
A new 426 cubic-inch version was introduced for 1963, as allowed by a new 7-liter rule by the FIA/ACCUS. It featured the same 3.75-inch stroke of the 413, but included a larger bore to increase displacement. Fitted with dual four-barrel carburetors, a cross-ram manifold, and optional 13.5:1 pistons; the Max Wedge produced a whopping 425 horsepower.
As part of the Mopar assault on Americas dragstrips, Dodge purpose-built 34 Super Stock factory lightweight 330s in 1963 featuring aluminum front fenders, bumpers, bumper supports, and scoop-equipped hood. A trunk-mounted battery helped weight distribution and heavy-duty components throughout enhanced performance.
Ordered new through Alston Motors in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this Lightweight is presented in as-raced condition from 1963. Finished in Polar White over a red cloth vinyl bench seat interior, its odometer indicates just under 491 miles from new mileage presumably accumulated, as the saying goes, a quarter-mile at a time. As expected, the car was built with a factory radio and heater delete option as well as the stout A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission with push-button dashboard selector. It rides on period Cragar wheels.
Offered with a copy of its original car record card and associated Chrysler Historical Services documentation, this 330 Lightweight represents a rare opportunity to purchase a rare example of Mopar Max Wedge performance from a time when Chrysler Corporation vehicles dominated Americas drag strips.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0620.
Classic Car ID101404319
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