The early 1960’s were the heyday of high horsepower cars, and it was the first time in history that major automakers began actively participating in racing series via factory-backed vehicles. Chrysler was really at the forefront of this movement as their HEMI engines proved unbeatable on the track and drag strip. And so Chrysler chruned out some factory racers that, to this day, remain unbelievably fast and incredibly valuable.
Up on eBay is a very rare 1963 Plymouth Fury with a Max Wedge 426 V8 under the hood. This rare factory racer can be yours, for the right price, of course.
In 1958 Chrysler discontinued production of the HEMI engine and began work on its Maximum Performance line of Wedge engines. Nicknamed “Max Wedge,” these engines were offered in most intermediate Chrysler vehicles beginning in 1962 with a 413 cubic-inch engine.
In 1963 the engine was enlarged to 426 cubic-inches, and could be had with a 13.5:1 compression ratio that produced up to 425 horsepower. The Max Wedge cars like this Plymouth dominated drag strips for most of the early-to-mid 1960’s, though Chrysler produced just 103 vehicles total equipped with Max Wedge motors.
This particular car has led a rougher life than most, having been found without an engine or transmission in the southeast some 15 years ago. The VIN from this car is listed was a real Max Wedge car, and while it has been restored, it is not a numbers matching car. Nor is it a trailer queen, according to the seller, but a nice weekend cruiser. It’s also a well-preserved piece of Chrysler’s history, often forgotten when wedged between two era’s of HEMI domination. But an important part of history nonetheless.