1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge Lightweight
Sold as part of the Ellis Collection at Dana Mecum’s St Charles Auction for $100,000 USD. Described as:
In 1963 Dodge was serious about making their models lighter to take advantage of their new 426 “Ramcharger” Max Wedge. Fifteen Chrysler engineers and technicians worked after hours to ready their new 426 power house for the 1963 Winternationals. Beginning with a thin gauge steel body, they replaced the lower front body, splash pan, hood, hood scoops and front fenders with aluminum components. Radio, heater, sound deadener and undercoating had been deleted, trimming further heft, and the battery relocated to the trunk. The result was the lightest Dodge 330 available, at 3,328 pounds, with a two percent transfer of weight to the rear of the car.
The 1963 “Big Bad Dodge” was raced by Bob Fredrick of Fredrick Motors in Ohio. The successor to Frederick’s 1962 Max Wedge racer, this car is the second in a line of racers that included a 426 Hemi-powered ’64 330 Sedan, currently in a prominent collection, and a 1966 Dart. Bob and his son still own and operate Fredrick Motors today.
Pictured in Larry Davis’ Super Stock: Racing the Family Sedan, this is a truly extraordinary example of Dodge’s legendary lightweight Super Stocker. The “Big Bad Dodge” is quite possibly as original as one of these cars can be.
– Factory aluminum front bumper and supports
– Aluminum front fenders
– Aluminum hood with hood scoop
– Original data plate
– All original sheet metal
– Correct shipping order numbers
– Documented race history with much more to add as the original owner is still a race enthusiast with immense knowledge and enjoys reminiscing of his “Big Bad Dodge” days.”
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