1960 Dodge Polara

George Jetson would have loved the top-line 1960 Dodge Polara convertible. Although Dodge scored record sales for 1960 with new lower-priced and full-size Darts weren't as popular, the Polara remains a memorable car.

1960 Dodge Polara
The 1960 Dodge Polara featured taller tailfins and thrusting pod taillamps.
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After a modest 1959 recovery, Dodge sales boomed by 135 percent to nearly 368,000 for 1960. The main reason was that year's new Dart, a three-series line of lower-priced "standard" models featuring six and V-8 power, Dodge's first "unibody," somewhat extravagant styling, and attractive prices in the $2300-$3000 range.

1960 Dodge Polara
The 1960 Dodge Polara featured swivel seats.

Covering the $3000-$3600 spread were similarly conceived "senior" Dodges: new Matadors and Polaras on a four-inch-longer wheelbase (122 inches). Styling here was even more flamboyant, with taller tailfins, thrusting pod taillamps, and an oddly shaped face. The top-line Polara included a $3416 convertible offered with 383 V-8s delivering up to 330 horsepower -- that from the hot dual-quad D-500 option with new "ram induction" manifolding. Futuristic gimmicks like swivel seats also returned.

Exact numbers aren't recorded, but Dodge likely built few 1960 Polara convertibles and only a handful with the D-500 package. That makes the red beauty here another rare Ram ragtop from the Jetsons period of Chrysler Corporation design.

For more classic convertibles of the 1960s, see:

1960 Edsel Ranger
1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner
1962 Dodge Polara 500
1963 Chevrolet Impala SS
1963 Ford Falcon Futura
1963 Plymouth Sport Fury
1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona
1965 Chrysler 300L
1965 Rambler American 440
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1968 Mercury Park Lane
1969 Plymouth Road Runner
1969 Shelby GT-500
1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7
1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
1975 Pontiac Grand Ville
1976 Cadillac Eldorado

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