Mecum Auctions | 19-Nov-2016 | Anaheim 2016 | Venue : Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : S154
Year : 1963
Engine Size : 426 CI
Colour : White
Interior : Red
Chassis No. : # 6132174418
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
1 of 34 Factory Lightweight 330s produced in 1963
As-raced condition
Believed to be 490 miles
Shipped new to Alston Motors, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Polar White with Red cloth and vinyl interior
Date correct 426 Max Wedge engine
13.5:1 compression
Dual 4-barrel carburetors
727 Torqueflite transmission
Aluminum hood with scoop, bumpers, bumper supports and fenders
Radio delete
Heater delete
Bench seat
Cragar Mag wheels
Trunk mounted battery
Vin listed in Darrell Davis' book
Copy of broadcast card
Chrysler Historical Services paperwork

The Chrysler Corporation entered the 1960s somewhat in disarray, shaken by a series of management scandals and new-car release failures. In late 1961, new President Lynn Townsend chose to go all in on creating ‘competitive visibility’ for the firm. Among these performance-focused programs was active involvement in sanctioned drag racing. Featured here is one of the vehicles that Chrysler built in 1963 for that specific purpose, a Max Wedge-powered Dodge 330 Lightweight. The Max Wedge was pushed up to 426 cubic inches for the year thanks to a new 7-liter rule by FIA/ACCUS, featuring Chrysler’s unique cross-ram intake with two 4-barrel carburetors, monstrous 13.5:1 compression, special heads, and heavy-duty internals. In fact, it did so well that Dodge’s ‘Hot One’ package won Mr. Stock Eliminator at both the NHRA Winternationals and Indy Nationals in 1963, as well as numerous other titles. The car offered here was one of the 34 high-compression factory lightweight 330s produced in 1963, featuring factory aluminum fenders, bumpers, bumper supports and scooped aluminum hood, a trunk-mounted battery, and other special adaptations. Ordered new through Alston Motors, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this car is in as-raced condition with a believed-original 490 miles. Classically adorned in Polar White with red cloth and vinyl bench-seat interior, the date-correct engine is backed by the legendary A727 TorqueFlite transmission with its dashboard-mounted pushbutton shifter. A race car from its creation, this car left the assembly plant sans both heater and radio (special factory plates cover those locations), and now rides on vintage-type Cragar performance wheels. For provenance as to its origins, this ‘Maxie’ is listed in the VIN list compiled and published by Darrell Davis, and features a copy of its broadcast card, accompanying Chrysler Historical Services paperwork, and a specific letter directly from Mr. Davis on its existence. The Max Wedge legacy on the track was superseded only by its successor, the A864 Hemi, and this special car harkens back to the era when Chrysler muscle-car engineering first emerged as a dominant force on the face of American automobile competition.