Dodge Polara: Pre-Muscle Car Era Machine Hits the Auction Block

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1966 Dodge Polara

Dodge Polara Convertible packs a fresh 383-cubic inch big block V8 and it is available for sale.

The folks at ClassicCars.com recently featured a 1966 Dodge Polara Convertible that is listed for sale on their website, reminding us all that before the Challenger and Charger were top names in the performance world, this was one of the key models for buyers looking to go fast. Due to the introduction of the muscle cars, pony cars and other smaller American performance cars of the later 1960s and 1970s, the Polara is often forgotten, but back in the early 1960s, this sprawling drop-top was likely the first choice of many Mopar lovers who were looking to tear up the street.

Big American Performance

We all know that in the late 1960s, the American performance car scene was dominated by the likes of the Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger, the Plymouth Barracuda, the Plymouth Roadrunner, the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro and many other cars that fit into the muscle car or pony car groups. Unfortunately, many people forget that before those smaller American performance cars raced onto the scene, many gearheads around the United States dreamed of a car like the Dodge Polara, the Ford Galaxie or the Chevy Impala.

1966 Dodge Polara

In 1960, the Polara was introduced to compete with the Galaxie and the Impala, offering gobs of interior space and V8 power in what is, by today’s standards, a large car. As the Polara grew more popular, Dodge added some performance-minded upgrades in the mid-1960s, as well as the sporty 500 model.

1966 Dodge Polara

The Polara 500 was available as a hard top or a convertible, with a variety of V8 engine options, front bucket seats and a floor shifter that added to the go-fast feel. These cars have become relatively rare, even in the car show scene, but there is one for sale right now on classiccars.com that is as nice as it was on the day that it rolled off of the assembly line.

1966 Dodge Polara

1966 Polara 500 Convertible

The 1966 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible shown here is the car listed for sale, featuring a black soft-top, black leather interior and a fresh coat of the factory Sea Foam Green exterior paint. Under the hood is the 383-cubic inch V8 mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission and a 3.55 rear gear, all of which are freshly rebuilt.

1966 Polara

Premium amenities include power steering, power brakes with discs up front, a modern sound system, a modern alarm system and custom-welded subframe connectors that increase chassis rigidity for a better ride.

1966 Polara

This gorgeous 1966 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible is currently listed for sale with a price of $22,543 and it is located in Sodus, New York, so if you have been dreaming of owning one of the great pre-muscle car era Mopar performance cars, here is your chance.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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