The Pick of the Day is a rare piece of Mopar muscle car splendor, a 1964 Dodge 440 Lightweight packing a 426cid Max Wedge V8 under its air-sucking hood.Â
Backed by a 4-speed manual transmission, this no-nonsense Ramcharger is a factory lightweight car built specifically for fiery performance.Â The Tucson, Arizona, dealer advertising the Dodge on ClassicCars.com says it is one of just four Dodge 440 hardtop lightweights with 4-speeds that were produced for 1964.
The legendary Max Wedge engine, produced from 1962-64, was the precursor of the 426 Hemi V8. It was a favorite in its day among Super Stock racers, and with 12.5-1 compression, it produced a resounding 425 horsepower, according to period reports.
âExtremely correct no-expense-spared restoration by previous caretaker Don Fezell,â the dealer says in the ad. âAll-aluminum front sheetmetal, bumper brackets, and lightweight-steel front bumper.
âThis car is very well known in Super Stock Mopar circles and is listed in Darrel Davis’ Max Wedge book. Runs amazing, built to factory specs.â
Pre-restoration photos of the car shows that all of its original lightweight aluminum parts remained intact, and there are pictures of the build sheet and notes from the restoration.
Officially named Maximum Performance Wedge engines, the hot versionsÂ were equipped like this Dodge with a pair of Carter 4-barrel carburetors staggered atop a cross-ram intake manifold.Â Â The battery was moved to the trunk for better weight distribution.
The 426 configuration was designed in accordance with the NHRA limitation of Super Stock engines to a maximum of 427.2 cubic-inch displacement. It was said that you could drive your Max Wedge-equipped car straight from the dealership to the drag strip, and run the quarter mile in the low 12s.
Max Wedge Dodges and Plymouths are still highly popular among Mopar competitors in vintage drag racing, and this one could fill the bill.
According to the large gallery of photos, this Dodge lightweight appears to be in absolutely top-notch condition throughout. These cars were purpose-built to keep mass to a minimum, and the restoration appears to have kept everything highly original.
The price tag on this mighty Mopar is $145,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.Â