Power windows? Yep...the first...
Power windows? Yep...the first owner ordered them, and Elliott kept them.
At another northern Alabama Mopar show, this time in Huntsville, Elliott asked around and got the name of The Carriage Works, who restored the 413-powered ’62 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible seen in our July issue. The Carriage Works’ Tim Snitger was there that day and, before long, the Polara 500 moved to his shop for a 1½-year restoration. “I wanted it to be the best and out-look anything on the road,” says Elliott. “That’s the way I had it restored.”
Fortunately, all of the ’63’s original pieces were all there. No replacement, reproduction, or fabricated sheetmetal is to be seen anywhere—they’re the same stampings that Hamtramck Assembly welded together nearly 50 summers ago. Same for the Stage II Max Wedge and the not-reproduced Polara 500 trim pieces.
No power steering or brakes...
No power steering or brakes here, just like on the lighter-weight Dodge and Plymouth Max Wedges. Note how the left exhaust header curves to clear the steering gear and shock tower.
The first time that Elliott showed it, at last year’s Huntsville Mopar show, he scored Best in Show. Then, after getting a haul from The Carriage Works up to Ohio, Elliott entered it in the Mopar Nationals, where it took first place in the B-Body Original ’62-’67 class.
And he just might win that trophy again this year. “They have invited me to bring it back this year,” says Elliott. “I don’t know whether my wife’s going to let me do it, because it’s kind of expensive to trailer that car all the way up there to put it in the show, but I’m hoping to do that.”
The odometer shows less that 19,000 original miles, and Elliott hasn’t put very many on it since the restoration was completed. As the lighter-weight, Stage II-powered ’63 Dodge 330s were running consistently in the low to mid 12-scond range on the quarter-mile, this Polara 500 will likely run 13.00 in the quarter without breathing hard!
Elliott, his wife Florene...
Elliott, his wife Florene (and four-legged friend Layla) pose with their Polara 500 outside their Town Creek, Alabama, home.
The Stage II Ramcharger was the capper on a very successful 1963 for The Dodge Boys Thanks to quality improvements that led to Ma Mopar’s first five-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty (which Max Wedge cars didn’t have), the B-Body’s Elwood Engel-influenced restyling, the A-Body’s makeover into the Dart and the “family-size” C-Body 880 and Custom 880 in the lineup from the get-go, Dodge had a winning sales year. And, thanks to the Stage II Max Wedge, Dodge cleaned up on the strip, too.
’63 Dodge Polara 500 convertible
Owned by: Florene and Elliott Parker
Town Creek, Alabama