1964 Dodge 440
The 1964 Dodge 440 is a rare car and a true collectible today. It was only made by Chrysler and Dodge for three years from 1962 to 1964. For that brief period, buyers could get a 440 as a two-door sedan, a four-door sedan, a two-door hardtop, or as a station wagon. The 1962 to 1964 Dodge 440 competed with the Chevy Bel Air and was a similar full-sized, mid-priced car for the company.
When Dodge brought out the 440 in 1962, the brand intended for the nameplate to be a more upscale version of the Dart. Although it was larger, the 440 resembled the original Dart of the early ‘60s. By the time the 440 came out in 1962, the Dart had shrunk down and become a successful mid-sized and then compact car for the division. The 440 shared its 119-inch wheelbase with the full-sized Polara.
The 1964 Dodge 440 came standard with a 225 slant-six engine that had an output of 145 horsepower. Larger engines like the 318, 361, 383, and 426 were all options for the 440. It also had all the equipment that came standard on the Dart and the next in line 330. In addition to the standard items, the 1964 Dodge 440 included exterior moldings and backup lights. For a little extra, buyers could even get power seats and front seat belts.
After its three short years the 1962 to 1964 Dodge 440 was discontinued and replace by the Polara. The Polara also eliminated the 330 in 1965. The name 440 was to live on a little longer though. It became a trim level for the mid-sized Coronet. The 440 may not have been a long-lived brand for Dodge, but it made an impression, especially when paired with the 426 engine. The powerful engine along with the relatively light weight of the 440 ensured it was a real player in racing, if only briefly.