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Jay Leno drives one of the earliest muscle cars, Dodge Polara

The latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” features what’s called a proto-muscle car. It is a 1964 Dodge Polara with a huge V-8 under the hood.

The muscle car era is generally thought to have started in 1964. Pontiac GTO.. However, some cars that fit that template appeared before the GTO, or in this case, at virtually the same time.

Most Polarus left the factory with an unobtrusive powertrain, which is powered by a 426 cubic inch street wedge engine. It has the same displacement as the legendary 426 Hemi, but the Street Wedge is another engine without a hemispherical combustion chamber. This car is equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter and a floor-mounted tachometer.

1964 Dodge Polara in Jay Leno’s garage

Debuting in the form of 413 cubic inches, Chrysler installed a wedge engine on the Dodge (and Plymouth) road car to meet NASCAR and drag racing homologation requirements. As a result, this engine became the direct predecessor of the 426 Hemi. Debuted in 1964 with Racing Form It soon became a road car.

So why is Polara not as memorable as the GTO? Partly because Polara was bigger than the GTO and not for young people. Polara with plain steel wheels was a sleepier person than the GTO. In other words, it didn’t get much attention at that time.

This car is mostly in stock, but equipped with the latest hardware such as MSD ignition system, Optima battery and Wilwood disc brakes. It also comes with an exhaust cutout, so check out the entire video and listen to the exhaust notes. Jay Leno drives one of the earliest muscle cars, Dodge Polara

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