1968 Dodge PolaraReview
Big, Bold & Brawny.. 1968 Dodge Polara —
Having learned to drive in cars almost identical to this one, I've always been a fan of the big & brawny Mopars of this era. I like the boxy yet bold styling, these cars look good from any angle, and they have incredible amounts of interior and trunk room. And even with a V8 engine, there's still plenty of room underhood, making maintenance and modification a breeze. Speaking of engines, this is a late 1960's automobile, from a time when engines were built to RUN, and run well.. A time when even the "small" V8 engine in "grandpa's sedan" easily made enough power to smoke the tires effortlessly and cruise all day at 100 mph without even breaking a sweat. This Polara's legendary 318 V8 is unhampered by any crippling emissions controls.. it breathes freely, and produces plenty of power and torque from tip-in to redline. Like most classic Mopars, it has far better handling than other "family cars" of the era, yet it has a very smooth and comfortable ride.. It's built very solidly, too - much like a tank or an old Mack truck - from real, heavy-gauge steel.. This car is 40 yrs old, used as a daily driver, with well over 100,000 miles on it, and there's no body flex, no squeaks or rattles. No smoke from the engine, either. And it gets about the same gas mileage as a new full-size SUV.. but while it's unlikely any of those will be around in 40 years, chances are this good ol' Dodge will still be going strong, it's "little" 318 (5.2 liter) V8 humming right along..
Pros: Power, Styling, Comfort..
Cons: They don't build cars like this anymore..
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