Max Wedge Power: 1962 Dodge Dart

1962 Dodge Dart

It may not be a barn find, but this 1962 Dodge Dart looks like it could have just been pulled out of a barn. The paint is worn through in places and the rims are mismatched. That’s all a ploy though because this Dart has been rebuilt where it counts and it’s packing heat. Would you believe that there is 413 cubic inch Max Wedge under the hood of this unassuming compact mid-size car? The seller doesn’t mention if this one came from the factory that way, but I have read that a few did and their sole purpose was to dominate at the drag strip! You can read more about the amazing Max Wedge here on Allpar. This beast has got to be a blast to drive on the street and I bet it would surprise many new muscle cars at the stoplight. It’s located in Stillwater, Minnesota and is listed here on eBay with only a few hours to go!

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Comments

  1. DREW V.

    “Would believe that their is 413 cubic inch Max Wedge under the hood of this unassuming compact car? The seller doesn’t mention if this one came from the factory that way” the description says ” super cool max wedge clone”

    • Jesse Staff

      I didn’t see that when I wrote this up so it’s possible the seller added it after we featured the car.

    • Kurt Angelucci

      Is this still for sale $

    • G.J.

      Just saw this car scrolling through 62 Dodge images…..and it is a clone….when it was my car it had the 225 slant 6 in it….Its really cool to see the latest owner put the max wedge in it….that patina is real I assure you…the trim and chrome was in awesome shape…as well as the body being straight as a pin…..

  2. John D

    Hey! It has new breaks!!! Not sure where it is broken, but . . . .

  3. DENIS

    The 62 Dart is no compact like the later ones…it is full size and IT IS KOOL…you aren’t gonna fool anyone with that when they hear it running…great clone though

    • Jesse Staff

      Looks like you are right Denis. For the very first 2 years the Dart was considered a full-size. In 1962 it was classified as a mid-size and then it became a compact for the rest of production. Thanks for catching that!

  4. Cassidy

    It has a really nice undercarriage, zero rust. I spotted some rust right below the grill and just inside the fenders. Clean otherwise. Looks like a very pro install of the Wedge. I don’t know about driving it with the push button trans, if it has to have an automatic, I would want a floor shifter. But at least its not a column shifter like some Firebirds had. I look at the pics real closely John D., I didn’t see where it was broken either. LOL
    Homely front end that only a mother could love.

  5. Robert R. Member

    Jesse I just sent you a restored ’63 Dodge Polara 440 link, big money FYI.

    • Jesse Staff

      Just looked at it. Wow, what a beauty. That one has the larger 426 Wedge too!

  6. Ed P

    Virgil Exner called this “S Line” styling as was the 1960-62 Valiant. The design was completed without Exner as he was home recuperating from a heart attack. He got the blame anyway for these Uglymobiles. But a 413 max wedge would make this fun to drive. At $17,700, it seems reasonably priced.

  7. Mike D

    this is an awesome find, I too get a kick out of misspellings in some ads . Yes, Denis, this is a full sized car, same body as the Fury for that year. Cassidy, I guess it is a matter of taste , I am not sure I was too crazy about the design when it was new , but, It grew on me .. this thing IS streetable!

  8. JW

    To me ugly is the new cool when it’s a sleeper. since it is a clone paint it flat black add some keystone or cragar mags and start hunting prey.

  9. Mark E

    I don’t usually care for mopar products but if you’re talking early 60s wedge, I’m listening! As much as I dislike black cars for being overdone, shiny black with black interior would look good here. I just wonder how much the seller actually wants for it. After all it IS a non-matching numbers clone, and with an automatic, no less…

  10. pontiactivist

    I had one of these twenty plus years ago. Same color combination. We put a nasty 440 in it. Ran it for a couple months and swapped it for a 73 charger blue with black interior and a 400.

    • thomas j schweikert

      A friend had a 62 savoy i think. Was a clean car with custom paint on the hood. It had a certified speedo and a dual point 383 under the hood with a torqueflite trans. It
      had skinny tires on it and it would smoke 1 of them for a quarter mile

  11. Tirefriar

    To me, the Max Wedge is one of the best looking lumps. This would be almost worth to by for the engine itself – I would be looking under that hood daily!!

    If the car as described, i.e. all it needs is just cosmetics and paint, this would be a very worthwhile adventure. Bidding has ended at $18200. Doesn’t look like it sold though…

  12. Jason

    Cool looking engine. Ugly-ass front end!

  13. John

    From John,
    I cut my driving teeth as an old saying goes in a 1962 new yorker. It was a 4 door, push button drive with ac. The old man would smoke the tire for a hundred feet and it would move faster than any thing around in the neighbor hood. I believe it was rated over 360 hp and 400+ft lb of torque. It was a beast. My best friend’s dad had a 1963 ss impala with a 409 with two fours rated a just over 400 hp and I believe that new yorker was the fastest of the two. considering the weight and being spotted for the difference in a quarter mile I’d bet on that bad beast of a motor the 413.

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