1964 Dodge 880 9 Passenger Wagon

  • Year: 1964

  • Make: Dodge

  • Model: 880

  • Mileage: 20,366

  • Exterior Color: White

  • Interior Color: Blue

Runs and drives great! 

Survivor Car-- 1 out of 1,082 ever produced!

Original Interior!

Specs:

  • V36 Code 361 Cubic Inch

  • Automatic Transmission 

  • 2 Barrell Carb

  • Points Ignition

  • Correct Manifolds

  • Original Radiator 

  • Correct Manifolds

  • Original Radiators

  • Correct Air Cleaner

  • Correct Alternator

  • Power Steering

  • Power Drum Brakes

  • Windshield Washers

  • Tinted Windshield

  • Electric Wipes

  • AM Pushbutton Radio

  • Day/Night Mirror

  • Seat Belts

  • Power Rear Window

  • Factory Gauges

  • Padded Dash

  • Dealer Installed Front Seat Cover

  • Floor Mat

  • Full Wheel Covers

  • Whitewall Radial Tires

  • Single Exhaust 

 

 

 

The Custom 880 was developed to fill consumer demand for a full-size Dodge passenger car during the 1962 model year.

 

Chrysler's president overheard and misunderstood Chevrolet chief Ed Cole to have said Chevrolet's largest cars would be downsized for 1962. Chrysler designers were forced to take the planned 1962 Dodge full-size line and shorten the design to fit a more compact wheelbase in a last-minute effort to compete with what was supposed to be a smaller new Chevrolet. GM was developing a new mid-sized automobile that would become the 1964 Chevelle. But to Chrysler's shock and dismay, Chevrolet's 1962 full-size lineup emerged slightly larger than the 1961 models, with the mid-range Chevrolet Bel Air (on a 119 in (3,023 mm) wheelbase) growing a .5 in (13 mm) longer in its body, although the car weighed 45 lb (20 kg) less than its 1961 predecessor. The rumored "small Chevrolet" turned out to be the new A-body Chevrolet Chevelle mid-sized platform, which was intended to bolster Chevy's position where the Corvair had faltered in that segment of the market.

 

The "full-size" Dodge Polara and Dart that emerged for 1962 were built on a 3 in (76 mm) shorter (116 in (2,946 mm)) wheelbase and were 7 in (178 mm) shorter overall than the comparable Chevrolet, placing Dodge in the precarious position with consumers of not offering a true full-sized automobile. Ford also brought their new intermediate- or mid-size Ford Fairlane and Mercury Meteor to market for 1962 with a 115 in (2,921 mm) wheelbase (116.1 in (2,949 mm) on all Meteors but wagons). They were roughly the same size as the new standard-size Dodges, which made the new Mopars intermediates by default. The AMC Rambler was also similarly sized and was introduced to North America in 1961.

 

Compounding the size issue were the designs themselves, which did not translate well from their full-size origins to what amounted to intermediate size. The proposed curved side glass was deleted in favor of flat glass, which did not match the curve of the body sides. They also reduced the total glass area, which made the cars look smaller.

 

 

An unpopular design for the second year in a row, the 1961 models had awkward-looking "reversed" tailfins and a pinched grille, among other unusual features. This combined with the cars' smaller overall size threatened Dodge's viability enough that Chrysler was forced to move immediately to stem Dodge's financial and market share losses.

 

The 880 and Custom 880 received their most significant and final redesign of the 1960 body for 1964. This time, the rear body contours were squared up somewhat, with new decklids, wraparound rectangular taillights, and new quarter panels. Four-door models received a new roofline, although this was actually the same as had been used on the Chrysler New Yorker until 1962. Regardless, it did impart a fresh appearance. The grille was also updated, this time featuring a concave design with a central horizontal break spanning the distance between the headlights.

 

Custom 880s received stainless steel rocker panel trim, foam-padded seats, and a grooved stainless steel panel that spanned the distance between the taillights. The Customs, as the top of the 880 line, also received better interior appointments than the base models. The engines remained as they had been in 1963.

 

Because of tooling expenses, station wagon bodies — which were also shared with Chrysler models — did not receive all of the changes applied to non-wagon models. Most notably, wagons continued to feature the heavy rear horizontal blade stamping first seen on the 1961 Plymouth wagons. The station wagons continued in both pillared (880) and hardtop (Custom 880) models, although this would be the final year for the hardtop wagon — Dodge and Chrysler being the last American automotive brands to offer the style. Station wagons also received rectangular taillights that wrapped around the sides of the vehicle.

 

All 880s and Custom 880s received a revised instrument cluster layout, replacing the previous design which had been in use with little change since 1961. An oil pressure gauge was standard. Front leg room was 41.9 inches.

 

 

 

 

Cars in great condition runs and drives well.

 

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