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What is my 1962 to 1965 Mopar worth?

Numerous people ask the "value" of their Mopar or a Mopar they want to buy or sell.

There is no easy answer, but in brief, a 1962 to 1965 Mopar is only "worth" what someone is willing to pay.

That may sound somewhat harsh, but it is the bottom line.

In the case of "worth" for 1962 to 1965 Mopars, several factors come into play, including, but not limited to, the: In other words, value results from a combination of objective and subjective influences.

Objective: Vehicles and Demographics


The objective is easier to pin down; it includes the number of vehicles manufactured and population demographics.

Numbers that give the approximate total production of these vehicles made are available, even though Chrysler records of the early 60's are not as detailed as later years. There were Mopars produced outside the USA (e.g., Canada, Australia) and it is unclear if the following figures include that production.

Nonetheless, the figures below are not very precise. In fact, I'm not certain that they give a more than a general sense of the original "inventory" of 1962 to 1965 Mopars. (I've looked in three different references and got three different numbers for the same vehicle.)

Approximate Production Figures

1962      Chrysler
Newport  83,120
300  25,020
New Yorker  20,223
300-H  558
Total  128,921
Lancer 170  19,780
Lancer 770  30,888
Lancer GT  13,683
Dart \6  59,475
Dart V8  86,885
Polara 500  12,268
Custom 880 17,505
Total   240,484
Custom  4,413
Crown  8,475
LeBaron  1,449
Total  14,337
Valiant V100  59,380
Valiant V200  72,328
Valiant Signet  25,586
Savoy  68,602
Belvedere  39,477
Fury  37,464
Sport Fury  5,555
Total  308,392

1963      Chrysler
Newport  75,972
300  24,665
New Yorker  27,960
300-J  400
Total  128,997
Dart 170  58,536
Dart 270  61,159
Dart GT  34,227
330 \6  51,761
440 \6  13,146
Polara \6  68,262
330 V8  33,602
440 V8  49,491
Polara V8  40,323
Polara 500  7,256
880  28,266
Total  446,029
Custom  4,013
Crown  8,558
LeBaron  1,537
Crown Imperial  13
Total  14,121
Valiant V100  99,242
Valiant V200  85,903
Valiant Signet 200  40,011
Savoy  93,810
Belvedere  84,660
Fury  69,503
Sport Fury  15,319
Total  488,448

1964      Chrysler
Newport  85,183
300  33,318
New Yorker  31,044
300-K  3,647
Total  153,192
Dart 170  77,134
Dart 270  66,069
Dart GT  49,830
330 \6  57,957
440 \6  15,147
Polara \6  3,810
330 V8  46,438
440 V8  68,861
Polara V8  66,988
Polara 500  17,787
880  31,796
Total  501,817
Crown  20,336
LeBaron  2,949
Crown Imperial  10
Total  23,295
Valiant V100  90,370
Valiant V200  91,843
Valiant Signet 200  68,815
Savoy  87,993
Belvedere  93,529
Fury  88,218
Sport Fury  27,553
Total  548,321

1965      Chrysler
Newport  125,795
300  27,678
New Yorker  49,871
300-L  2,845
Total  206,189
Dart 170  86,013
Dart 270  78,245
Dart GT  45,118
Coronet  71,880
Coronet 440  104,767
Coronet 500  32,745
Polara  12,705
Custom 880  44,496
Monaco  13,096
Total  489,065
Crown   16,235
LeBaron  2,164
Crown Imperial  10
Total  18,409
Valiant V100  94,113
Valiant V200  59,463
Valiant Signet  13,577
Barracuda  64,596
Belvedere I
 (estimated) 56,842
Belvedere II  82,492
Satellite  25,201
Fury I  79,229
Fury II  66,757
Fury III  139,344
Sport Fury  44,620
Total  726,234

So, start with the actual vehicle itself when determining value.

The vehicle year, model, body style, motor, transmission and power accessory options all play a part in the value.

With few exceptions* most 1962 to 1965 Mopars were made for daily use as people haulers. Many more four doors and station wagons were made than the high performance, convertible and sporty models. The vehicles that were rare back in the 1960's are obviously even more rare today. *(Exception examples include the Chrysler 300 letter cars, the Max Wedge B bodies, the Formula S Barracudas and similarly equipped Darts and Valiants, Custom Sports Special trucks.)

If you find a convertible B body with a big block 426 wedge and four speed you've found a low production number car. In production numbers alone, it is likely "worth" more than a similarly equipped two door hardtop.

Even so, how many "Max Wedge" vehicles were around back in the 1962 - 1965 years? Not many. Today? Even less.

But the number of four door cars manufactured was huge, in comparison. Since more were made back then, more are left today.

A Max Wedge Mopar would thus seem likely to have a lot more "value" than a 4 door B body from 1962 to 1965, (but see the subjective section, below).

Another objective indicator is the vehicle condition. Rust is a major enemy of these vehicles. A rusty vehicle is very labor intensive and costly to restore. Even a low production, high performance 300 letter series car will bring a lot lower price if the rust monster has feasted on the iron oxide candy.

Don't forget that the total number of 1962 to 1965 Mopars available is always a shrinking number. Accidents, demolition derbies, "modern" junk yards that routinely crush such "old" vehicles, as well as repressive legislation, zoning and scrappage programs** all drive down the total number of available vehicles for restoration or parts supply. **(See SEMA for more information about fighting for your hobby against ill-advised legislation.)

Also, people save selectively. For instance, even though convertibles were usually a very low production model, a lot of convertibles got saved just because they were of the top down variety, unlike station wagons, that (until recently) were routinely crushed without much thought. A wagon may actually represent a rarer car than a convertible in terms of total number of survivors now, in some cases. Generally, people decide to save the higher optioned and lower production vehicles.


Another objective number is the population age. Demographics is a science that the insurance companies have down pat. Ask any insurance actuary or get a price quote on life insurance when you are 60 years old.

For Mopars (or any vehicle) what a vehicle is "worth" is very much generational. If you were around when these vehicles were new, then you are far more to "bond" with these Mopars. Or if your parents or sibling or favorite relative or friend likely owned a 1962 to 1965 while you were growing up, similarly you can relate directly to these cars.

That is, what vehicles were familiar and cool during the years that you matured into driving license age are likely the vehicles you will veer toward when you pick a vehicle to restore. Many people ("baby boomers") born in the 1940's to mid 1950's fall into this category.

The more people around in sheer demographic numbers who directly relate in some way to 1962 to 1965 Mopars increase the "value" of these vehicles.

As the "boomers" head toward the great pit stop in the sky, the "value" of 1962 to 1965 Mopars, with few exceptions, will very probably drop significantly. In general, later generations just do not appreciate these cars like the people that cut their driving teeth on these Mopars or have fond memories of some fun event related to these vehicles.

If you don't think that is true, consider the values of pre-1950 vehicles, or even 50's vehicles. If you study the various auctions and vehicle ads you'll see the going price of all these year's vehicles is down. The market demand for 1930's and 1940's is weak to none. (Even the awesome Duesnburg, Cord etc. vehicles of the 1930's are dropping significantly in price.)

The same will eventually apply to 1962 to 1965 Mopars. People weaned on today's jellybean-shaped 4 cylinder vehicles a typically clueless about 1962 to 1965 Mopars. Moreover, most could care less, and it is unlikely they will act differently toward these cars in the future. The result is fewer potential buyers, which yields a reduced market price.


But life is more than numbers!

Let's not forget history, memories and the "fun factor".

History -- Restoring a 1962 to 1965 Mopar means preserving a piece of mid-20th-century technology for posterity. That vehicle is a potential artifact for future generations to gawk at.

Memories -- We can't actually relive our childhood, but we are able to recapture the memories with a vehicle that pulls up some fond memories.

The price of, say, a nice two door 1964 Fury will likely reach higher numbers than a similarly equipped and condition 1964 Fury four door. Generally that is true, but what if the potential buyer's father had a 1964 Fury four door and the car he or she is looking at is exactly like the Mopar in the family scrap book album?

Yup, in this case the buyer would likely pay a lot more for that 4 door than one would expect, only based on number of vehicles made and market conditions.

Ah, memories! For instance, the memory when the 1964 Hemi Mopars swept NASCAR; or the first time a Max Wedge B body showed up at the local drag strip and stomped the competition; or the first time someone saw a altered wheelbase 1965; or seeing a cross ram letter car....(Insert your favorite memory here.)

"Fun Factor." -- If you enjoy owning, driving, wrenching* on, or restoring a 1962 to 1965 Mopar, is it really possible to assign a dollar figure to that pleasure? (*No computers in these vehicles. Yes you can fix it yourself.)

When you drive your 1962 to 1965 Mopar, how much are the thumbs up and "WOW, what is that?" questions worth to you?

Concluding thoughts

So, if you are considering purchasing a 1962 - 1965 Mopar: But remember that all the guides and market data are just for general reference. A lot of the actual sale price of the vehicle will depend on the buyer's "gut" reaction, intent and memories. ("Dad owned one just like that!").

So if you like a 1962 to 1965 Mopar, then buy as good condition of an example of a 1962 - 1965 Mopar as you can afford.

Then fix the Mopar up as needed and to the level of perfection you desire.

And next enjoy the heck out of the Mopar! Having fun and meeting new Mopar friends is what this hobby is all about, after all.

May 27, 2003; links revised September 19, 2004; January 30, 2005; March 25, 2008; March 13, 2010; September 24, 2011; July 4, 2012

SIDEBAR - Notes from Mopar fans! Scott R. writes: "I concur with you that the agreed price between the buyer and the seller is what the car is 'worth', but the danger can come when we start to look at comps, just like when buying a house. You know how that works: the strongest house on the market builds a certain degree of value for the weakest. This is what happened in the musclecar market. It's what makes 318-powered Chargers and slant-six Barracudas cost the same now as what an honest-to-goodness 383 or 440-powered vehicle cost only a few years ago. The thing is, with the 1962 to 1965 cars, we are still dealing with a [editor's note: relatively] tremendous supply and a [editor's note: relatively] limited demand, and that's the good news! In the last two years, I have purchased a complete, fairly rust-free, '63 330 post and a similar '63 330 wagon for a combined $2100. These deals could be had because the sellers thought that all they had was a worthless hulk that nobody cared about. There is no way that I could have bought Chargers for that price, because everyone knows what a Charger is. Nor could I have bought them for that from a 1962 to 1965 freak. There's really no point to this rambling except to say that the 1962 to 1965 disease is a good one to have because it can be treated affordably due to the fact that the supply is greater than the demand. Let's hope it stays that way for a while, because I haven't found my '65 Coronet yet!"

Notes from Mopar fans!
Jim C. writes: "I really like the line 'a 1962 to 1965 Mopar is only worth what someone is willing to pay'. Lots of people don't get that.

I suggest also considering that people should ignore third hand reports of what a 'best-friend's uncle's brother paid for an absolutely stock '63 hemi' (mistake intentional). Such claims are like the two-headed person in the circus...everyone's heard about 'em, but nobody has actually seen 'em. All such stories do is confuse the subject of value."

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