Plymouth Savoy Max Wedge
Mopar’s factory drag racing program escalated in 1963 on two fronts, first introducing lightweight versions of their already trimmed-down competition models and then enlarging the Max Wedge engine from 413 to 426 CI. The Max Wedge was made available in three levels of tune, beginning with the 11.1:1 compression, 415 HP Stage 1 engine.
Special aluminum body pieces shaved approximately 150 pounds off the front of the car and included a dual scooped hood that delivered fresh air to the engine. It was a potent package, and it made the 1963 Dodge and Plymouth factory racers very tough to beat. Although available for purchase by the public, these factory racers were delivered without a warranty, as declared by the disclaimer label inside the glovebox. Contemporary magazine tests on showroom stock examples returned 12.60-second elapsed times with terminal speeds of 113 MPH. This 1963 Plymouth Savoy is one such car, the last of 18 known to exist that were built that year for drag racing customers. It was delivered to Des Swifenbank, owner of Des Redwood Motors of Garberville, California. In addition to the dual cross-ram Stage 1 426/415 HP engine with factory exhaust cutouts, heavy duty push-button Torqueflite transmission and 3.91 Sure-Grip rear end, it came factory equipped with an aluminum front bumper and grille filler panel, hood brace delete, and a trunk mounted battery. It has been completely restored with a documented correct engine and driveline and sports correct Red paint and the original interior, which at 24,000 miles remains in excellent condition. Featured in "The Complete Guide to the 1963 Dodge Ramcharger Package Dodge 426 Ramcharger" by Darrell Davis, this rare factory dragster comes with full Chrysler documentation including the IBM build record card.
Part of the Mecum Auctions event in Indianapolis in May, 2013
Source: Mecum Auctions