Home Pick of the Day Polara 500 was Dodge’s ‘challenger’ in the early 1960s

Polara 500 was Dodge’s ‘challenger’ in the early 1960s


In 1960, Dodge introduced its new full-size car, the Polara, which was restyled for the 1965 model year, when it rolled out of assembly plants on a new and longer 121-inch wheelbase. 

For 1966, to compete with Ford’s Galaxie XL and Chevrolet’s Impala SS, Dodge offered an upgraded Polara 500 model with bucket seats and a center console and floor shifter. One of those 1966 Dodge Polara 500s is Pick of the Day, and as a nice bonus, it’s a convertible.

The car is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by only its second owner, who purchased the car 34 years ago from the original owner and who vows in the car’s advertisement to have taken care of it meticulously.

Factory-installed engine

The seller says the car retains its factory-installed 383cid V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor. When new, the engine was rated at 325 horsepower.

The engine is linked to an automatic transmission and the seller says the engine, transmission and 3:55 rear end all have been professional rebuilt. The car also has been repainted in its factory Sea Foam green hue. 

It also has a custom 3-core radiator to assure it runs cool despite the ambient temperature. 

The car has power steering and brakes, with discs on the front wheels. 


“Corners flat and smooth,” the seller says, adding that, “custom welded-in subframe connectors (reinforcements) makes this car a dream to drive.” 

The car has a black interior, convertible top and convertible boot and retains “rare factory head rests.” The car also has an alarm and hidden audio system.

The Polara is located in Sodus, New York, and is offered for $22,543.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I had a 1966 sport fury which I put the 383 2barrel out of my 1966 charger an man what work horse she was! Those big body Plymouths were the best. I miss mine.

    • This wasn’t a muscle car, it was full msized car. the 65 Plymouth never had a 440 eng. it had a 426, street we3dge, that was low performance. without orig seat covers, damage history, original partsw, and paper work, you can subtract 10.000 from your price estimate. I owned 2, 65’s and 2, 64’s. The car car auctions bring big money bidders, that drive up prices. if you have a clone, or no records, or original equipment, you value is much lower


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