Dodge 440

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The Dodge 440 was a full-size car offered by Dodge from 1962 to 1964.[1]

Dodge Dart 440 (1962)[edit]

When released in 1962, it was the upmarket version of the Dodge Dart and was designated as the Dodge Dart 440.[2] It was fitted with all the standard equipment of the Dart and Dart 330, plus backup lights and exterior moldings.[2] The Dart 440 was available as a 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop, 4-door hardtop, 2-door convertible and 4-door station wagon.[2] Power was delivered by a standard 225 Slant-Six with 145 horsepower.[3] The 318 2-barrel, 361 2-barrel, 383 2-barrel, 383 4 -barrel and 426 4-barrel/426 2x4-barrel were all optional. The car rode on a 116-inch wheelbase shared with the Dart, Dart 330 and Polara 500.[2] Power seats were $96.[4] Fuel economy in 1962 at 40 mph was 24.10mpg for the Slant 6 engine.[5]


Dodge 440 (1963-1964)[edit]

From 1963 the 440 was separated from the new, smaller Dart range.[2] It now featured a 119-inch wheelbase shared with the 330 and Polara and available as a 2-door sedan, 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop and 4-door station wagon.[2]

The 440, along with the 330, was replaced in 1965 by the Polara, with the 880 taking the Polara's place in the lineup on the new C Body with 121-inch (3,073 mm) wheelbase. The 426 motor was eliminated from full-size Dodges in 1965 as well. However, the name 440 stayed on as a trim level of the Dodge Coronet.[6]

During the three production years, the Dodge 440 was a mid-range model, equivalent to the Chevrolet Bel Air of the same years. It featured less chrome and a plainer interior than the de luxe Polara. Its lighter weight and available big-block 426 engine gave it a formidable reputation in racing.


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Dodge/1962_Dodge/1962_Dodge_Dart_440_Story_001/1962%20Dodge%20Dart%20440%20Story-01.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gunnell, John A. (ed.). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-027-0. 
  3. ^ http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Dodge/1962_Dodge/1962_Dodge_Dart_440_Story_001/1962%20Dodge%20Dart%20440%20Story-06.html
  4. ^ Gunnell, John A. (ed.). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-027-0. 
  5. ^ http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Dodge/1962_Dodge/1962_Dodge_Dart_440_Story_001/1962%20Dodge%20Dart%20440%20Story-02.html
  6. ^ Gunnell, John A. (ed.). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-027-0.