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1963 Dodge Polara 500

Raymond Sandy III writes:

My '63 was built by an engine builder/racer from the
60's by the name of Tom Mattingley.

Tom never raced the car.

(Anyone have information about Tom Mattingley's
60's racing history please contact me.)
1963 Dodge Polara 500 front

1963 Dodge Polara 500 rear 1963 Dodge Polara 500, rear end under rear of car
1963 Dodge Polara 500 inside trunk 1963 Dodge Polara 500 engine

Tom sold it to a guy who had it for 3 years and raced it three times a year. That's until I bought it.

I will race it soon but for now I put it on the street. I put a set of street tires and a nice custom exhaust with xr1 race mufflers.

The car runs like a beast! 1963 Dodge Polara 500 side

I am looking for a nice side view mirror (driver side). Anyone have one to sell?

Update! October 2001

I had a chance to run the Polara at the Chrysler Classic in Petersburg VA. It was a great time. I have never really got on the car until then. The best time I could get was a 11.16 at 119 mph. That was pretty fast for some one who has never draged before. I think I am hooked. I'm sure it should get in the tens easy if I knew a little more about tunning, tire pressure and things like that, but I am learning. Oh by the way the Senior Editor and I believe owner of MOPAR COLLECTOR'S GUIDE took a bunch of shots of the car and said it will be in one of his mags in the near future. I also took a cool 3rd place in the car shows with all those trailer queens.

The following week was MOPARS AT MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. I ran it there and it got a little quicker and faster. Out of two runs it ran the best of 11.02 at 122mph not bad, still no tunning but I did however drop the pressure in the slicks and it hooked up a lot better. I have a total of 3 runs on the car and that is good till next year.

1963 Dodge Polara 500 at drags

My plans for the winter are to work on the interior, replace the radiator with an all aluminum type and get some real cool street rims for my street tires.

I mentioned your site to a few guys and they said they had checked it out. Keep up the good work.

Go to page two about Raymond's 500.

Great car, Raymond!

Looks like the '63 was built to GO and have fun with.

Which is something you obviously intend to accomplish!   Mopar smile!

RE: Update -- Thanks for the update and kind words about the Web site. Great going at the 1/4, Raymond! You obviously DID have fun AND look forward to even more good times in the future. :-) Gary H.

August 26, 2001; October 30, 2001; March 2, 2003

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