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Dodge Dart 413 - 1962
Chevrolet kicked off the muscle-car war of the 1960s in 1961, but chrysler quickly followed by introducing its new max wedge 4l3-cu.-in. V8 engine. When placed in the dodge dart, the resulting high power-to-weight ratio afforded draggers lightning acceleration.
Top speed of 167 mph (in specially prepared form with modified ramcharger engine)
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve,
displacement 413 cu. In. (6.8 l) power rating 410-420 hp
transmission 3-speed manual; 3-speed automatic optional
chassis: 3,025-3,185 lbs.
price: $3,006-$3,131, including 4l3-cu.-in. Ramcharger v8 engine
Fast but funny-looking
the 413 engine basically was meant for racing and was difficult to manage on the street, but to meet stock-car regulations dodge offered it as an option on the dart, which, with a body length of 202 in., was 10 in. Shorter than the 1961 model. The 1962 dart was a curious-looking car, with a protruding oval grille, inboard headlights mounted higher than the outer ones and front and rear brows that continued along the sides. Drag racers found that the dart 413 was actually faster for the quarter mile with the pushbutton automatic transmission than with the manual stick.
power to the max
the engine was called the max wedge, for its wedge-shaped combustion chambers, and also the ramcharger, because of the rams-horn sweep of its exhaust headers. The 413 also
featured carter afb four-barrel carburetors on top of the short-ram induction manifold. A high compression ratio raised the engine output to as much as 420 hp. For 1963, the bore was enlarged to create the ramcharger 426.
The 1962 dodge dart 413 won no beauty prizes, but its outstanding power-to-weight ratio made it one of the earliest muscle cars of the 1%0s.
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