Dodge polara 1963




Dodge polara 1963

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    Dodge polara 1963

    Dodge polara 1963

    One constant of the to models was taut, square-edged styling, which was updated each year. Despite the fanfare, Dodge dropped the "Super-Lite" option at the end of the model year because of lack of consumer interest and various challenges to its legality in certain states. The basic body of the model continued until , revised and lengthened by the new Chrysler Vice President of styling Elwood Engel. It was available as a two-door hardtop and a convertible, and a 4-door hardtop was added in December.

    Dodge polara 1963

    Dodge polara 1963

    Dodge polara 1963

    Dodge polara 1963

    Dodge polara 1963

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    Also available was a hotter version of the , fitted with a "Power Pak" consisting of a high-performance cam, dual-breaker distributor, twin exhausts, and four-barrel carburetion good for horsepower.

    Motor Trend tried one of these with a four-speed and hit 60 mph from a standing start in 7. Testing at Riverside International Raceway, MT got its 4,pound Polara convertible up to mph on the track's backstretch. Replacing the were two mammoth, special-order Ramcharger cubic-inch V-8s.

    Dodge polara 1963

    The lesser of the two boasted horsepower, Its big brother toted 10 more horses, pound-feet of torque, and an awesome High-octane fuel of or higher was required.

    Dodge warned prospects that "With its cubic-inch displacement, the horsepower comes so close to matching displacement that this one creates an irrefutable thunder that speaks with authority on any drag strip. To increase power output in the high-performance ranges above 4, rpm, both engines featured short-tube ram-induction manifolds and upswept exhaust.

    Dodge polara 1963

    The manifold assembly was fitted snugly between the two cylinder banks, with the bottom side serving as the engine's tappet cover. The compactness of the ram manifold made possible the use of maximum-performance engines within the narrower confines of B-body engine compartments.

    Unlike the system used on that year's Chrysler J, there was no provision for manifold heat. While most Ramcharger wedge-head engines were stuffed in stripped-down two-door sedans in which they carved out an enviable drag-racing reputation , five Polara hardtops were ordered with the engine option. Chrysler's internal Engineering Data Book issued in January listed several additional engine choices. They included single four-barrel versions of the engines with and horsepower, plus an Several transmissions were mated to these engines, including a new Borg-Warner T four-speed manual for use with V-8s, but not recommended for use with the maximum-performance engines.

    Chrysler's own A heavy-duty three-speed manual was also offered in four variations, but not with the This tranny was available from the factory with a Hurst floor-shifter conversion unit. Standard transmission with the V-8s was the Borg-Warner T three-speed manual with a Hurst-Campbell floor unit for faster shifting.

    Dodge polara 1963

    On TorqueFlite automatics joined to a engine, a high-speed governor was used to delay upshifts to a higher engine rpm. All TorqueFlites also featured a new parking sprag, activated by a lever adjacent to the transmission pushbuttons, to be used in lieu of the handbrake to hold the car in place while parked.

    A new cubic-inch "Ramcharger" engine made at least horsepower with dual carburetion. A row of pushbuttons operated the Polara 's optional TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

    1963 Dodge Polara



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