In 1963, the muscle car wars were raging and engine power was everything. In January of that year, the Beach Boys recorded “Shut Down”, a song about a drag race between a 1962 Super Stock 413 Dodge Max Wedge and a 1963 fuel injected Corvette Stingray, and that pretty much summed up the action on American streets and strips for the era.
Drag racing was the hot competition, and every American automaker wanted to win NHRA titles in the factory stock classes. No expense was too high to put muscle on the strip. That commitment led to some legendary low production factory built racing cars. When it came to all-out racing engines, you couldn’t do better than Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth in the early ’60s. Mopar engines had been burning up tires and setting records across America. In 1962, the Plymouth Belvedere could be ordered with a 413 cubic inch engine at 13.5:1 compression. The unique wedge shaped combustion chambers gave this engine the “Max Wedge” name. The 413 Max Wedge was quite different from an ordinary 413. In particular, the Max Wedge used different heads with 25% larger ports and bigger valves. You also got a special high-lift 300 degree camshaft, double valve springs, a special intake manifold with 15 inch runners, and twin Carter AFB 650cfm carbs. Inside, the engine had forged connecting rods, 11:1 or 13.5:1 forged pistons, and a baffled oil pan. In Dodge cars, this was called a Ram Charger 413, and Plymouth called it a Super Stock 413.
A 1962 Plymouth Savoy with a 413 Max Wedge known as the “Melrose Missile” became the first factory stock car to break into the 11 second range in July of 1962. The Missile ran a verified ¼ mile time of 11.93 seconds.
This Belvedere is unrestored and meticulously maintained, having had one repaint. Featuring a correct Max Wedge 413 engine, Torqueflite transmission and 3.91:1 sure grip differential. With less than 6,000 miles on the complete drive train, this great Mopar is in excellent condition inside and out, including original interior, books, jack assembly, etc.
When was the last time you saw one?