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.
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The wow factor begins at the top, which has been chopped 3 inches. To accommodate the chop, the windshield is leaned back and custom glass has been made for the rear and side windows. The remainder of the body is equally sleek, with shaved door handles and emblems, custom-fitted ground effects, a filled and smoothed firewall and custom-made inner fenders. The slick body is covered in a striking two-tone paint scheme using PPG s Concept paint in black and Torch Red hues. A matching Torch Red finish covers the car s filled and smoothed frame, which has received as much attention as the body. The rear suspension consists of a 9-inch rear end accompanied by Hotchkis control arms and Bell Tech coil springs. Hotchkis tubular upper control arms are found up front, along with modified lower control arms, Bell Tech dropped spindles and coil springs, plus urethane bushings, air ride at all four corners, 12-inch Wilwood disc brakes all around, as are the black chrome wheels. A car this wild needs a standout powerplant, so a 502-inch crate motor with a Polished Street Performance TPI setup fills the space under the hood. It s also painted Torch Red, and features a host of polished aluminum accessories. The Engine is fed from a custom Rock Valley fuel tank, and cooled with a Griffin radiator. A Richmond six-speed directs power to the rear end with the help of a Centerforce clutch and Long shifter. While 50 s customs typically had cabins filled with tuck-and-roll Naugahyde, this G-body features contemporary trimmings stitched in red leather by Specialized Auto Interiors. Passengers sit on four modified Corvette seats that flank a full-length custom console. All control knobs (headlights, power windows, air conditioning, etc.) generally found on the dash or doors are now hidden either in the console or behind a black panel on the dash. A custom gauge panel houses the Auto Meter Ultra-Lite instruments, while an early 70 s GM wheel helps steer the Monte. Vintage Air climate controls (fitted behind the dash) keep everything cool.
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