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14k Mile Family Sedan: 1964 Dodge 440

In the 1963 and 1964 model years, the 440 was Dodge’s mid-level full-size car, sandwiched between the 330 and 880 models. Perhaps it was akin to the Chevrolet Bel Air and some 58,000 copies were built across all body styles. This might have created confusion for some buyers as one of the engines you could get in the car was the 440 cubic inch V8, but an inline-6 was standard. This nice ’64 440 family sedan has a more common powerplant choice, Chrysler’s venerable 318 “Poly” V8. The overall auto looks good but will need some TLC to be roadworthy. Located in Clyde, Ohio, this Mopar is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $14,000. Kudos to Barn Finder Ted!

Dodge celebrated its 50th anniversary (aka Golden Anniversary) in 1964 and there were some special editions, but they seem to have been limited to hardtop Polara’s. But we don’t know that any special honors went into the production of this particular 440 sedan. We’re not told all that much about the automobile, other than it will need some work. The seller’s listing sounds like it was written by an advertising agency rather than the seller himself.

The odometer reading is 14,000 miles and that’s said to be accurate. But how does a vehicle manage to survive nearly six decades and accumulate such low mileage? This Dodge is said to have had only two owners and we assume the second one is the seller. Given some of the photos, it looks to spend most of its days in the garage now, waiting for its next adventure. We’re also told there is complete documentation with the car, but what does that entail? The build sheet, the window sticker, sales contract, maintenance history, etc.?

The seller says the motor runs great, paired with Chrysler’s push-button automatic transmission which was in its last year of use in that format. The to-do list is not too lengthy and makes you wonder why the seller didn’t tackle the brakes, exhaust, and battery before listing the Dodge for sale. The body looks good, although some minor rust is present. And the seats seem to have been saved by the vintage plastic covers which look about ready to come off. Is this car too “square” to be restored?

Comments

  1. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    It looks like a nice car, but 14K for a 4-door with a 318? It looks a lot like my 65 New Yorker, which I paid 3600 for.

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  2. HoA Howard A Member

    More fun stuff, Russ, you da’ man,,next to Scotty, of course. My oldest friend from HS, the guy that had the ’58 Bug, who last I saw was in a nuthouse in Rhinelander, Wis,, had this exact freakin’ car. Same color. He got it cheap, I don’t recall how cheap, maybe $100, the “standard” sum for a beater then. It had a damaged right front fender and wheel. Somehow, we got it to his folks place, repaired the wheel, and took the front fender off. We then mounted an aux. headlight to the bumper, and drove that car all over creation. In the rain, the right front tire did some awesome rooster tails.
    These cars were epitome of just good old transportation. Nothing fancy about it. Not much different than the farm tractor. Used and put away. A “Sunday go to meetin’,,car, and it was good enough. It was trusted then, and not much changed. You can’t go wrong here.
    Reason these memories are so fun, is I never thought I’d ever again see some of the cars I have been around in my 68 years. While Scotty is my favorite for oddball submissions, Russ has the distinction of bringing most of these memories to light. Thanks, man.

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    • 370zpp 370zpp Member

      Howard you bring up an almost forgotten but very common expression from the past; the $100 beater.
      May be an unknown concept to many, these days.

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  3. Pastor Ron

    Love it! And yes, it has the right number of doors. Frankly, if it had AC, I’d seriously consider making it my new daily driver. Ethanol-free gas is available everywhere here in Georgia, as it should be, so it would be a great car to drive. I have always loved these 64 B bodies, and have an all original 440 wagon. It would look fantastic next to the wagon!
    Sad part is, they (places like Vintage Auto Air and others) don’t make an AC kit to fit these.

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    • Greenhorn

      I’m with you on the number of doors, Pastor Ron. I think this one is a little pricey, but oh so nice.

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    • Russ Ashley

      Pastor Ron, I’ve had many old Mopars but the one that brings back the most pleasant memories for me is a 64 Dodge 330 wagon. I often think of finding another one but they are not easy to find. I would post pics of mine but I’m not a paying member now so can’t post pics. If you are interested in selling your 440 please comment here on BF. And BTW, I currently live in Lawrenceville, Ga but will but will be moving to the Savannah area soon.

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      • Pastor Ron

        I’m in NE Georgia, near Hartwell.
        I have thought of selling my wagon, but I’ve had it 30 years and am the second owner. Difficult to do! Mine is the last known gold stripe wagon in original condition; according to a Chrysler guy I met at Hershey in 1995, they only made 500-600 440 wagons with the gold stripe and dress up package.
        I’d only sell it if I could replace it with a C body wagon in similar condition, a Monaco or Town & Country, but it would have to be the “right” one. At my age, it’ll likely be the last one I buy.
        We’ve been through Lawrenceville a few times, but that’s to close to Atlanta for us! Atlanta is a place I avoid every chance I get. We go to Augusta from time to time, but haven’t been down to Savannah for a while.
        The old wagon won Best in Class at the Iva Depot Days (Iva, SC) in October. I posted pics and a story about it a few months ago on the Facebook “long roofs” page. You can find it there.

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      • Pastor Ron

        Oh, I had a white 330 wagon, too. Had it in the early 80s as a daily driver. Red interior, slant six automatic, no frills. Was a great car. Got 25mpg in it on road trips, 18 around town. It rusted so badly though that it was only good for parts by 1986 (PA car).

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      • Pastor Ron

        I might be interested in parting with my wagon. Its all original, and the only known gold stripe wagon in original condition. I’m second owner, have had it 30 years. Old Chrysler Corp. guy in Hershey told me in 1996 that they only built 5-600 of the wagons with the golden package. I’ve never seen another one since I’ve had it.
        I’d only sell of I could replace it with a Monaco or Town & Country wagon in similar condition, but it would have to be the right one. I’m not buying any more at my age; may just be buried on the ’64!
        Any buyer would have to agree to include all the spare parts,some NOS, that I have for it. It won best in class at a show in October.

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    • Russ Ashley

      Pastor Ron, what where do you live. I’m in Georgia too so you might be near enough that I could drive over to look at it. I’d love to see it as my 64 330 wagon is my favorite of the cars I’ve owned. I’ve owned many Mopar convertibles, also a Sting Ray, so it’s a little odd that my wagon is the favorite that I think back on the most. Are you on facebook?

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      • Pastor Ron

        Yes, on FB. I’m near Hartwell, but out in the sticks. Car was bought new in Hershey and lived in Palmyra till I bought it from the late original owner’s estate in ’94. Never driven in winter till I brought it to Georgia.
        Will only sell if suitable replacement is available.

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  4. ThunderRob

    The 440ci came out in 1966 ,you could get the 426 wedge(i do not know if the Max Wedge in a 4-Door,but it’s Mopar so probably…lol)

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    • Ffred

      The model of the car 440. It’s a Polara 440 with a 318 poly engine.

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      • Ffred

        I should have added.. he explained that.

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      • Gary

        Polara and 440 had different side spears in that the “lower” 440 was painted.

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      • ThunderRob

        The Author mentioned the 440 was an available engine,which it was not in 1964 :P

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  5. Zen

    Nice car, basic grocery-getter, and neat to see one in original condition. I’d address the rust, fix what’s needed, and preserve and enjoy it for what it is. The 318 should be adequate for this car, even with the whole family in it. Maybe dual exhaust. A/C would be nice, but if the above comment is correct, would need to be custom made. I love the slipcovers!

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  6. geezerglide 85

    When I was about 10 or so The neighbors had a ’64 2 door like this. Their’s was a slant six w/ pushbutton auto. I really wanted that car. Of course I imagined it with a 426 hemi and a 4speed. But that never happened, when hey sold it I was still too young. I have always been a fan of these. After the ’62 disaster Chryco. really cleaned them up for ’63- ’65. This one looks pretty good, the old lady car for sure.

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  7. Gary

    Dad bought the same aqua 440 2 dr hdtp 318 that traversed LA, CA. to Pgh, PA three times and never needed one repair other than tires. It was then traded for a new 68 Newport. Then for a 72 NYB when Chrysler quality control was going south.

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  8. Robert Hagedorn Member

    $14,000 for 14,000 miles. That’s an attention-getter that sounds like a good price for an apparently good car.

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  9. Robt

    Love this sedan, though a 4 spd would really be the way to go. Simple driving.

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    • Robt

      A bit price for the little things not being attended to presale.
      With what it needs an offer of $6-8,000. would be about right in my book.

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  10. John hershkowitz

    My dad had a 65 Dodge 4 Dr Custom 880 blk on blk with a 383 in it from the factory. I just loved that car.

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    • Ashtray

      I love this car. If it was a 2 door post with 383 hi performance engine I would be the next owner.
      It’s not too much money when you want something.

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  11. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Russ, two great lines:

    “listing sounds like it was written by an advertising agency”
    “vintage plastic covers which look about ready to come off”

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  12. Bill McCanless

    Pastor Ron, I am from Elberton which is right next to Hartwell!

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    • Jon Calderon

      I was glad to see the Ga Guidestones taken down. 👍

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    • Pastor Ron

      Well, I’m not far from there, either. You should see the wagon from time to time. If we get a warm spell next month, it’ll probably come out.

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  13. Kent

    My parents had a 1963 Dodge 330 4 door sedan. Black with a red interior, automatic, no air, no power steering. What it did have made it memorable. It was a very low mileage, 6 month old Police Package car. Had belonged to the Portage County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department. Was a high performance 383 with sure grip. That car was quick. I’ll never forget my Dad pulling out to pass a semi, only to discover another semi in front of that one. Dad just stepped on it and broke the rear tires lose. Made quick work out of getting around those semis. Then again, Wisconsin had a really stupid 45 MPH speed limit on trucks back then. The reasoning was safety, but everybody knows that’s BS. That two tiered setup made the roads less safe.

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