Weekend Edition – Furys, Polaras and Newports… Oh My; On to the Polaras…

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This is the (abbreviated) weekend where I look at eBay listings with the search terms Fury, Polara, or Newport, and then highlight some of the odd stuff that comes up. The Dodge Polara has always been an oddball nameplate, never selling very well when compared to the competition (Pontiac Catalina, Buick LeSabre, Mercury Monterey, Oldsmobile Delta 88) but I always thought they were a neat and tidy package in the middle-of-the-road affordable luxury class, at that time. Let’s see what I have managed to dredge up…

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This is a 1961 Dodge Polara 4-Door Hardtop, and on the surface, it looks very good. But there is a problem, at least in my mind. It is very white, amd the two-tone seems to be done very well, what is with the White Bumpers? These should have been re-chromed at the very least… and it doesn’t get better from here. The interior has been restored (or updated), where oh where are the original trim pieces like the name plates, or the trunk lock for that matter.

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This car is offered by a “Hot Rod” shop, so they were probably going to do a “Restomod”, or maybe a “Rat Rod”, but ended up with neither. Some of these things can be put back right, and the price is rather reasonable for a wacky daily driver at $7,200. So what do you think about it? See the listing here:[sc:ebay itemid=”190787844898″ linktext=”1961 Dodge Polara 500″ ]

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Here is an original 1969 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible. This body style was from the Chrysler “Fuselage” era, between 1969 and 1973, which I find very well done. This convertible has seen only 74,000 miles during its life, and seems to have a large number of options, including Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Bucket Seats, Center Console, Tilt Steering Wheel, and more. But there is one option that is rather unusual, and it was called the Dodge Super-Lite. This was a special, high-intensity quartz-iodine lamp, coupled to precision optics and a unique lite-pattern mask. From the Dodge period brochures, it was stated that the Super-Lite projects a beam of light almost as far as the conventional high-beams, without blinding oncoming drivers, or bothering the drivers ahead of you. You can see this optional light housed within the grill.

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This car has it all… Vent Windows, Fender Turn Signal Indicators, Delta Shaped Tail Lamps… what more could you want? The price seems rather reasonable at $13,999, so tell me what you think after you look at the listing here:[sc:ebay itemid=”140907776326″ linktext=”1969 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible” ]

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This is a 1972 Dodge Polara 4-Door Hardtop, located in Tennessee. This is the low-line Custom series, with a couple of options that seemed to be installed on every Plymouth, Chrysler or Dodge of this time period. This is thanks to what Chrysler termed as the “Sales Bank”. You see, Chrysler kept producing cars even thought they had no orders from their dealers, then stored these cars all around the plants producing them. The cars produced had an odd mix of optional equipment, depending what the supply was. Take this car for example: It has a Vinyl Roof, Air Conditioning, and full Wheel Discs, and an AM radio. But it also has the basic Cloth and Vinyl Interior, smallest V-8 engine, and very little else.

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It’s still a great 70s Daily Driver if you want something a little different, and the price seems downright cheap for a car with 82,000 Miles on the clock… $2,700 But-It-Now! Tell me what you think of this car after you see the listing here:[sc:ebay itemid=”140910220886″ linktext=”1972 Dodge Polara Custom Sedan” ]

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This is a 1963 Dodge Polara “Max-Wedge” Convertible. It’s unique, and very pricy, and according to the listing:

You are looking at HISTORY, this 1963 Dodge Polara 500 Max Wedge Convertible set a national NHRA Record in B/SA class at a speed of 123.42 MPH and/or an elapsed time of 10.89 seconds in the 1/4 mile. A certificate of performance was issued to this vehicle and it’s owner Mike Davis. You are not only buying a classic collectable vehicle, you are buying a piece of race world history. This is also one of three factory max wedge convertible cars built like this. All aluminum front end that was installed by Dan Dvorak in 1970. In 1963 this car was at New York Auto Show as a factory built unique car, we have all documentation. This unique vehicle is one of a kind numbers matching all original vehicle. It is heavily documented and all the documents are available to be faxed over or emailed up on request. You can make this part of history a part of your private collection!!!!!

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This car is offered at $200,000!!! Now I don’t know about you, but I was just watching the Mecum Auction this weekend, and I saw cars that were a lot more lustworthy that were going foe a lot less. What do you think? See the listing here.[sc:ebay itemid=”261161003175″ linktext=”1963 Dodge Polara 500 Max Wedge Convertible” ]

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11 responses to “Weekend Edition – Furys, Polaras and Newports… Oh My; On to the Polaras…”

  1. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
    C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    I loves me some fuselage!
    The 1969 Polara is mine. I'll have to research the Dodge Super-Lite. Sounds neat.
    The only way it could be better is if it were either a Town & Country wagon with a 440, or an Imperial 2-door.
    edit: Super-Lite info
    Oh, it's a quartz halogen projector beam…in 1969.
    I'm impressed.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      I remember seeing the cars with the Super-Lites at the auto show when I was a kid. I thought they were way cool. IIRC, someone in my neighborhood had one.

  2. Vavon Avatar

    The 1961 Dodge Polara must be one of the weirdest American cars on the road!

  3. From_a_Buick_6 Avatar

    I'll take the '69. Whoever painted the bumpers on that '61 needs to be punched in the face.

    1. ptschett Avatar

      1st sentence: TWSS. 2nd sentence: I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they were a 'black bumper' Mennonite. (If so, I doubt they'll hit back.)

  4. mr. Smee Avatar
    mr. Smee

    The '69, but would prefer a coupe. The '61, reminds me of today's cars, overwrought, poorly proportioned crap. This stuff goes in cycles, so we're about due for some good-looking mainstream cars.

  5. JayP2112 Avatar

    $200 one way ticket to Knoxville, bum a ride to Crossville and drive that big, blue cloud home.
    One day I'll do it again.

  6. JoeDunlap Avatar

    Im sorry, fancy documents or not, the 63 is CP. The rainbow that is the block, manifolds, valve covers, distributor cap, plug wires, is nauseating. There are stains on the dash grille, rust on the instrument cluster. And that record setting run? I bet that stood for all of maybe a day or two. Im sorry, knock the last 2 zeros off the price and we can talk. Having said that, there is probably an idiot out there with more money than brains who will pony up for it. Im sure thats what they're counting on.

  7. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    I love me some old Polara. We've had a few in my family over the years, including a push-button '64 two-door I have fond memories of.
    But my favorites are the full size land-yacht C-bodies, especially the '67. In fact, I bought mine the minute I saw it's giant, evil, cat-eye taillights! Love at first sight while on Christmas leave, even though I had a huge hangover from a beer-can-stacking party.
    Have had the thing for nearly 25 years now. Bought it for $300 in the late 80's, dumped entirely too much money in the drivetrain and made one hell of a sleeper and cruiser. Spent 3 months driving it cross-country when I got out of the service, including HRM Power Tour '96.
    This boat and the ZomBee will be with me till the very end.
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  8. skitter Avatar

    I'm digging the interior light by the floor shifter in the '69.

  9. John C Avatar
    John C

    Does anyone know how many 1963 Dodges, with a 426 max wedge engine came from the factory with an aluminum front end, no heater and radio delete?