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RealRides of WNY #2371 - 1962 Dodge

October 4, 2022

RealRides of WNY #2371 - 1962 Dodge

A lot of ink has been used over the years writing about Chrysler Corporation’s idea to downsize its big cars for model year 1962, only to make a quick about-face when their sales slumped. Looking ahead to the next decade, I guess they were just ahead of their time. This 1962 Dodge Polara 500 is one of those cars. Its styling can be polarizing (Polara-izing?) to some, but I’ve always been a fan, especially of that front end with those oddly placed headlamps. Dodge’s description: “In contrast with the bulky, overweight cars on America’s roads, this one is all muscle. Lean. Vibrant. Without an excess pound to slow it down.” They also told us the Polara 500 would be “…produced in limited quantities.” I imagine it ended up being more limited than they had planned for. We saw this one at this year’s Classics on the Niagara car show in the City of Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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