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1966 Dodge Polara - Junkyard Crawl

Poor Lara

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

Each passing year, the quantity of cool old cars available as raw material for car crafters reduces. As we move toward the close of the first decade of the 21st century, a distinct get-'em-before-they're-gone mentality prevails. Nowhere is this more true than in the salvage yard. That's where every car's days are numbered and the clock of destruction ticks in triple time. Here's an original-paint '66 Dodge Polara convertible that's hiding out at the Desert Valley Auto Parts (DVAP.com) Phoenix yard. Can you believe this thing has survived 45 years already? Go get it and ensure it lives on.

Groovy Factoids
•Unlike Mopar A-, B-, and E-Bodies, the fullsize C-Body has a removable front subframe that's similar in theory to those used under (gasp) later Chevy Camaros and Novas. Pull a bunch of bolts and you can strip down a C-Body to the bare firewall.

•The Polara nameplate was introduced in 1959 and was applied to various Dodge platforms through the '73 model year. Not found in the dictionary, the name was likely chosen to conjure powerful images from the submarine-launched Lockheed UGM-27 Polaris ballistic missile program, which was in development during the late '50s. The first successful underwater launch of a Polaris missile came on July 20, 1960. No Polaras were harmed during the launch.

By Steve Magnante
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