The newest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” characteristics what could be known as a proto-muscle auto. It is a 1964 Dodge Polara with a enormous V-eight below the hood.
The muscle auto era is normally deemed to have commenced in 1964 with the Pontiac GTO. But some autos fitting that template appeared ahead of the GTO or, in this situation, at practically the identical time.
Whilst most Polaras left the factory with unremarkable powertrains, this a single has the 426-cubic-inch Street Wedge engine. Whilst it has the identical displacement as the legendary 426 Hemi, the Street Wedge is a distinct engine without having hemispherical combustion chambers. This auto has a four-pace guide transmission, with a Hurst shifter and floor-mounted tachometer.
1964 Dodge Polara on Jay Leno’s Garage
Debuting in 413-cubic-inch kind, Chrysler put in the Wedge engine in Dodge (and Plymouth) street autos to meet homologation demands for NASCAR and drag racing. That manufactured this engine the direct predecessor to the 426 Hemi, which debuted in racing kind in 1964 and manufactured it into street autos shortly right after.
So why is not the Polara as nicely remembered as the GTO? It is partly since the Polara was a more substantial, much less youth-oriented auto than the GTO. With its plain steel wheels, the Polara was also far more of a sleeper than the GTO, which also meant it did not get as a lot consideration back in the day.
This auto stays mainly stock, but with modern day hardware like an MSD ignition method, Optima battery, and Wilwood disc brakes. It is also received exhaust cutouts, so you are going to undoubtedly want to examine out the total video to hear that exhaust note.