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‘First funny car’ 1964 Dodge Charger to hit block

A 1964 Dodge Charger? Believe it.

Dodge didn’t shake the earth with the Charger model name on a production car until 1966, of course, but there were earlier rumblings with the name. In 1964, Dodge built an open-cockpit Charger show car based on the 1964 Polara/440/330 platform. That same year, three 330 coupe drag cars running supercharged 426 wedge engines bored and stroked out to 480 cubic inches and topped by Hilborn injectors were built by Dragmaster Company in California with some initial support from “Ma MoPar.”

The cars were dubbed “Chargers” and raced throughout California to promote Chrysler Corp.’s power prowess, perfectly bridged between the wedge and Hemi (the cars were actually supposed to get Hemis, but then Chrysler dropped support). According to Allpar.com, one of the three coupes rolled, one has disappeared and one remains. That candy apple survivor will be offered at Worldwide Auctioneers‘ Labor Day weekend sale in Auburn, Ind.

According to Worldwide Auctioneers, “The meticulously preserved and properly restored 1964 Dodge Charger S F/X is the last remaining example of three supercharged factory experimental cars built by Chrysler in 1964 to dominate the drag strip. Piloted by Super Stock Racer Jim Johnson and famous drag racer Jimmie Nix, this car did just that, setting records everywhere it ran.

“We are honored to have been chosen by owner Mr. Frank Spittle to represent this matchless piece of drag racing history and to offer it for sale completely without reserve to the highest bidder”, said Rod Egan, Principal & Chief Auctioneer. “This is a unique chance to acquire the acknowledged first and only remaining  S F/X Funny Car and we would urge enthusiasts everywhere to pay close attention to the opportunity.”

 The Auburn Auction is scheduled for Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2nd, 3rd & 4th, at the 140 acre Worldwide Auction Park in Auburn, Ind. Following the success of last year’s expanded sale, this year’s event will feature 1000 cars, a car corral, vendor booths, motor coach parking and food vendors.

Call 800-990-6789 or go to www.wwgauctions.com.


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