Dodge 440

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The Australian built Dodge TD2 Phoenix was based on the 1963 Dodge 440

The Dodge 440 was a full-size car offered by Dodge from 1962 to 1964.[1] It was available as a 2-door sedan, 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, or station wagon. Power was delivered by a standard 225 Slant-Six with 145 horsepower.[2] The 318 2-barrel, 361 2-barrel, 383 2-barrel, 383 4 -barrel and 426 4-barrel/426 2x4-barrel were all optional. When in came out in 1962, it was the upscale version of the Dart, and came with all the standared equipment of the Dart and 330, plus backup lights and exterior moldings.[3] The car rode a 119-inch wheelbase shared with the 330 and Polara. Power seats were $96, while front seat belts were $19.[4] Fuel economy in 1962 at 40 mph was 24.10mpg for the Slant 6 engine.[5] The car, 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. ^ http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Dodge/1962_Dodge/1962_Dodge_Dart_440_Story_001/1962%20Dodge%20Dart%20440%20Story-06.html
  3. ^ Gunnell, John A. (ed.). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-027-0. 
  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.