If you wanted to go fast in the 1960s and ‘70s there was a pretty simple recipe you had to follow: put a big V8 engine in a small car. But when Dodge wanted to enter sanctioned drag racing events in the early 1960s, it changed things up a bit, putting a huge V8 engine in a rather big car.
With new 7.0-liter max displacement rules, Dodge entered FIA/ACCUS Sanctioned drag racing events in 1961 with the Dodge 330 two-door. As per the rules, the 330 ‘Max Wedge’ V8 was replaced with a 7.0-liter version that was also equipped with Dodge’s special cross-ram intake, two 4-barrel carburetors, a 13.5:1 compression ratio, special heads, and heavy-duty internals.
The 427 Dodge 330 Lightweight was an instant success on the drag strip. The car won the Mr. Stock Eliminator class at both the NHRA Winternationals and Indy Nationals in 1963, in addition to countless other titles. The Max Wedge helped kick off Chrysler’s long-standing involvement in NHRA was succeeded by the famous A864 and A990 Hemi engines
A clean example of one of these rare 330 Lightweights with the race-spec Max Wedge will go to auction at Mecum’s upcoming Monterey sale in August. The example in question is one of 34 made for the 1963 model year and shows just 490 miles on the odometer. Offered in race spec, it features a radio and heater delete, a trunk-mounted battery, an aluminum hood and bumpers and other competition add-ons.
Check out the listing over at Mecum for more info on this rare 1963 Dodge 330 Lighteight Max Wedge.