Here are pictures of what is now my brother George's 1962 Polara 500 convertible.
The dealer had three '62 Polara 500 convertibles, one red, one blue and one black, all with 361 four barrels and pushbutton automatics. The dealer also had a '63 Polara convertible
with a 383 two barrel and the same rated 305 horsepower.
The Polara was Dad's first new car.
I spent my allowance money to chrome the motor a bit, but otherwise it stayed stock until the spring of 1968 when we put a 440 in it that came out of a 67 GTX. Still had the pushbutton automatic and original 2.76 gears until about 1976, when we swapped in a 3.23 sure grip and four speed out of a Road Runner. We used the stick shift dash parts and pedal assembly out of a junkyard Slant 6 62 Dodge, plus an early style Hurst shift handle to make the installation look factory; (although, of course, 4-speeds weren't available in '62). The Road Runner 4-speed has since been replaced with an 18 spline Hemi/440 four speed, and the motor is now a 1969.
Dad passed away in 1984. I inherited his '67 Hemi Charger and my brother George got the '62.
The '62 still had its original paint as recently as the early 1990s, but had a bit of road rash, plus over the years the front wheel openings had gotten hacksawed for tire clearance and the original hood had been cut for a scoop.
George and I replaced the hood and front fenders, and he took it to the body shop for fresh paint.
I can't think of much better than driving an original family-owned Mopar!
Indeed, your Polara has "lived" as part of your family all these years.
Thanks for keeping and restoring the car. I can't tell you how many people I correspond with who comment: " Boy, I wish I kept that________" (fill in the blank with the name of a long-gone Mopar they used to own).
Your car has gone through a lot of time and tide, but, with all the tlc and efforts from the family, the Dodge again is a stunning Mopar! (Let's see, 3 motors, 2 4 speeds....) :-)
I wonder how the '56 Studebaker would do against the Polara 500 now?
Yes, the car looks great! Who can resist liking a big block Mopar 4 speed 'vert? :-)
December 1, 2000