Just updated this week is a 1963 Dodge 440 Station Wagon Street Machine currently for sale here on Craigslist on the Cape in Brewster, Massachusetts where the current caretaker is asking $14,000 but is open to hearing reasonable offers. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” values for these wagons in stock condition as $9,800, $16,300, and $30,600, respectively so there’s a lot of station wagon for the taking here with the right offer.
For 1963, Dodge moved the “440” name from the new Compact Dart line launched that year to a new 119 inch chassis shared with 330 and Polara. Available in several body styles including the four-door wagon featured here, the 440 was now the mid-range model featuring less chrome and a less luxurious interior than the top-tier Polara.
The current caretaker states his 440, “is a blast to drive, makes noise, and goes fast.” He reports the only reason he’s selling it is he just doesn’t have the time to drive it and he hates watching it sit. We love the vibe this sleeper gives off, as the only clue of what might be lurking under hood is the flat black Ramcharger style hood scoop mounted on the hood. The private seller reports his 440 has “perfect patina, with only rust bubbles just above rear tires towards the back of wheel arches.” Unfortunately, he does not provide pictures to show the extent of the rust, so you’ll need to confirm that during an in-person inspection.
Helping this car be a true sleeper is a 1973 440 engine equipped made to look like a period correct 413 yet equipped with an upgraded intake and heads, a Hughes “whiplash” cam, and Pertronix ignition. Keeping the engine heat in check is a custom aluminum radiator. Transferring that power is a push-button controlled rebuilt Torqueflite 727 using a dynamic stall converter. Putting the torque to the pavement is a rebuilt 8.75 inch SureGrip rear end equipped with 3:73 gears and aftermarket axles. The seller reports his 440 comes with new tires mounted on Mopar Police steel wheels complete with poverty style hupcaps. New tires on Mopar police wheels with centers. The owner also upgraded the brake system with a new disc brake front conversion and dual circuit master cylinder while the rear axle relies on 11” drums to balance things out.
The interior now features bucket seats but the seller does not specify the donor car these came from. We also note a column-mounted tachometer and under-dash gauge kit to keep the 440 in check. The cracked dash and steering wheel simply don’t matter in this car, as its all about moving as quickly as possible one quarter mile at a time.
This 440 wagon epitomizes what hot rodding is all about: build something that goes fast, is a lot of fun to drive while not looking flashy doing it. The wagon body style also makes it a practical ride to bring your family and friends along for the ride. Good luck with the purchase!