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Here is the front end styling on the Dart, which may not be to everyone's taste…

From the rear, the 1962 Dodge Dart still showed the remnants of tailfins.

The only major driveline option on Max Wedge cars was a choice of the new aluminum-case push-button Torqueflite or a Borg-Warner T85 three-speed manual with floor shifter (the B-W T-10 four-speed was thought to be too fragile for the severe horsepower environment). A 3.91 rear gear was standard in the 8 ¾ differential, though ratios as steep as 4.89 could be dealer installed. The bodies and flat hoods were all steel in 1962; hoodscoops and aluminum panels would not happen until 1963.

When automotive journalist Roger Huntington wrote the car’s introduction, he stated, “This is probably the wildest performance package Detroit has ever offered.” The test car had clocked a 13.44 at 109.76 best after simply uncapping the exhaust cutouts and putting on a set of 9.00 x 14 Bucron drag tires! The car’s engineering was a huge advantage over anything seen before, and the fact that it was available to anyone who knew what to ask the dealer for was a big selling point.

This was a long way from the drag slicks we see today; traction was the great equalizer of 1962, and driver finesse of the throttle was an art.

What makes the car you see here special is that it was one that was received for racing use by Motor Trend magazine that summer. The former Petersen Publishing Company had a long-standing relationship with Chrysler and the new 413 package cars were tailor-made for publicity, so HOT ROD got a new 413 Plymouth Super Stock and Motor Trend received the 413 Dodge Ramcharger seen here.

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