1964 Dodge Polara Outshines Most Other Muscle Cars

Chrysler’s 1964 Dodge Polara

1964 Dodge Polara
1964 Dodge Polara image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1964 Dodge Polara) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Sleek with shiny chrome galore, this beauty of a classic car, designed in hard top and convertible models is extremely desirable. Under the hood lies the V8 318 engine with a high performance torque of 461 Nm / 340 lb-ft that responds well to acceleration with a 3-gear manual shift stick on the floor. (Other engine options offered in the 1964 Dodge Polara are detailed below.) The 4-Door Sedan holds large capacity bucket front seats and roomy back seating popular for 1960 autos.

1964 Dodge Polara Holds Up Against Stiff Competition

This model from Dodge production began in 1960, where a full-sized car was popular and in demand. In 1962, the Polara was “downsized” slightly where it remained this smaller size until its replacement in 1973, the Dodge Monaco. Its two main competitors were the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Chevrolet Impala.

'64 Dodge Polara
’64 Dodge Polara image by Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 64 Polara Popularity Highly Profitable for Dodge

The Big Three in automobile manufacturing companies, Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet worked hard to distinguish their styles as innovative and unique in character, speed, performance, and appearance. The Polara’s back fins, stacked rear lights and front chrome grill was customized by designers to stand out among this competition, and it served them well. Through trial and error, a superior and sought-after automobile primarily because of its appearance showed increased sales, starting in 1965.

Mopar: Chrysler’s Nickname For Motor Parts

Clamoring to produce a car, model and lingo that would prove state-of-art and appeal to American drivers, there are two meanings for the term: Motor Parts, and Massively Over Powered And Respected.

Dodge V8 Engine For Speed and Performance

In a day of small cars without heavy weight chrome, large-scale engine sizes and seating and focus on mileage and environmentally-protective features, power under the hood is what attracts muscle car lovers. V8 engine cars competed on how quickly their engines could drag-race to reach 0-60mph.

Engine and transmission options, as detailed by Automobile Catalog, for the ’64 Polara include:

  • The 318 V8
  • The 318 V8 TorqueFlite
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl (automatic tranny)
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl 4-speed
  • The 383 V8 2-bbl TorqueFlite
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl with the 4-speed transmission
  • The 383 V8 4-bbl TorqueFlite
  • The 426 V8 High-performance 4-speed
  • The 426 V8 High-performance TorqueFlite
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 3-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 4-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition V8 TorqueFlite
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition high-compression 3-speed
  • The 426 Ram Charger Competition high-compression 4-speed

64 Chrysler Corporation Speed Ratings

4.8 seconds for the Dodge Charger rates as number 4/10, only slightly behind Corvette and Cobra. Car popularity ebbs and flows for decades, but Dodge will always stand for high quality in manufacturing autos according to muscle car aficionados!

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