1968 Dodge Polara Shows Off Its Classic Curves: Your Ride
In 1960, before smaller cars like the Mustang and Camaro came to market, the full-size muscle market was hot. Alongside the Ford Galaxie and Chevrolet Bel Air sat Dodge’s own super sedan— the Polara. It might not have been the most talked about car of the era, but one of our readers, Michael, saw this beautiful boat and knew he had to have one. Here’s the full story:
BoldRide: How did you acquire your ride?
Michael: I was looking around Southern California for A car, and I grew tired of the late model junk offered from used car dealers. My father was in the car business for 50+ years, so I knew when something didn't seem right. As an engineer/mechanic aboard several TallShips and working on Ccrs most of my life, I also knew what was mechanically sound.
What drew you to it when you bought it?
After a disappointing look around Newport/Costa Mesa area, I came upon a slightly dirty Dodge. I loved the lines and its unique look. I went to the neighboring garage and found out it was owned by the lead mechanic. He went through what he had done to it. New heads, intake/holley carb jetted proper. Transmission overhaul with shift kit and driveline. New steering box, new interior, various gaskets that usually leak for this cars age. I fired it up and knew I had to make it mine.
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Does it have a name?
The Polara, Dodge, RedSled— nothing really set.
What do you feel like when you drive it?
I like the unique look and feel it has, I always get comments everywhere I go. Always nice to take A ride on PCH or coastal routes near the beach.
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What you would change about your car, if anything?
A new dash pad to rap up the interior, few NOS dome lights, disc brakes up front, off the shelf Dodge components to make it slow down better. Finally hooking up the AC kit I have waiting in a box for me.
What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
NOS Headlight bezels, some trim pieces. New clock. Replaced Glasspacks with 440 style ovals for a mellow but still bold sound. Lots of time spent polishing around it miles of chrome, while sitting on a toolbox on a skateboard.
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Dream accessory for it and why?
A 360 Magnum or 5.7 Hemi is a dream to replace the 318 in it. Get some bodywork done and a new Corporate Red paint job. My job in Boston and The Bahamas only gives me a few months out of the year when I can drive and work on her. I still enjoy the fact that when I throw the keys in, she starts right up, and after a quick wash to get rid of the months of smog on her I can drive around Southern California in Style.
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