Some cars look wicked-the stance, wheel and tire combo, and paint all come together to create a sinister vibe. In this case, the look is just plain evil. We spotted this black Mopar while trolling the pits at the Mopars at the Strip show in Vegas. It sat between two trailers as if poised to strike.
Karen and Jeff Intemann first laid eyes on their '63 Dodge 330 while attending the Route 66 Rendezvous car show in San Bernardino, California, back in 2001 when they happened to park Jeff's '63 Polara next to it. Karen fell deeply in love with the big, black B-body and expressed a desire to own it. Husband Jeff promptly reminded Karen that their garage didn't have room for three cars, so her '55 Bel Air would have to go. A month later the '55 was sold, and the 330 had changed hands.
The car was in nearly the cosmetic condition you see here, but mechanically it left much to be desired. Karen had Stock Eliminator racer Don Little perform his magic on the roller-cammed 440 residing under the hood, while Len Schneider of Hayward, California, revamped the 727 transmission. Don Little also went through the 831/44-inch rearend to make sure it was up to the task at hand. With the mechanicals in order, a quick trip to Sacramento Speedway netted a string of 12.50 timeslips at a buck-thirteen, with the drag radials struggling to lay down the 500-plus ponies.
The Intemanns have made a great car even better. Not only does Karen's Dodge have the look, it also has the bite.
Car Craft Q&ACar Craft: We understand you got rid of a Tri-Five Chevy in order to buy this Dodge. Was it a tough decision?Karen Intemann: Yes it was, but I had to have the Dodge once I saw it. It was a little bit nicer and a little bit faster than my husband Jeff's '63 Dodge. We had a room in our house that was half Chevy and half Mopar with regard to the decorations. Jeff's glad that I've converted, and now the entire room is decorated in a Mopar theme.
CC: Both you and your husband Jeff have '63 Dodges. How does Jeff deal with the fact that your car is faster than his?KI: Actually he says his car is faster than mine because I'm still a bit scared of it. I'm afraid to put my foot all the way into it, but I'm working on it and I'll get there. So I guess his is faster by default-only by default.
CC: How frequently do you drive your Dodge?KI: I drive it about once a week, weather permitting. Mostly I drive it to local car shows and cruises. I'm hoping to take it to the track again this summer.
The DetailsCar: '63 Dodge 330
Engine: 440ci big-block
Heads: Iron "906" castings, 2.14/1.81-inch intake/exhaust valves
Induction: Mopar Performance M-1 aluminum single-plane intake, 850-cfm Demon carb
Camshaft: Camonics solid roller, 292/292 degrees advertised duration, 0.540/0.540-inch lift
Power: 525 hp @ 6,700 rpm (est.)
Transmission: TorqueFlite 727 automatic, Continental 3,200-stall converter
Rearend: Mopar 831/44-inch, 4.30:1 gears
Front suspension: Stock, six-cylinder torsion bars, Gabriel shocks
Rear suspension: Stock, Super Stock springs, Gabriel shocks, pinion snubberBrakes: Master Power 11-inch discs, front; stock 10-inch drums, rear
Wheels and tires: Factory 15x5 steel with P205/75R15 General radials, front; factory 15x8 steel with BFGoodrich P275/60R15 Comp T/A Drag Radials, rear
Paint: DuPont Black basecoat/clearcoat by R&S Customs, Chattsworth, CA
Best e.t.: 12.50 @ 113 (quarter-mile)
Cost to build: $27,000