Classic Industries Docks A Big Ol’ Boat: 1968 Polara 500 Convertible


Anyone who has ever driven a drop-top C-body knows that few kinds of automotive joy can compare. A Hemi ‘Cuda or Six Pack Superbird would surely be more sexy, but nothing floats on air like a big ol’ Chrysler boat. Cruising with the top down can be truly cathartic with maximum interior space making the most of Mopar’s massive whales.

Chris Berdit’s 1968 Dodge Polara 500 convertible is certainly a fine example. Purchased as a partially-finished project, the southern-California native just “wanted a cool beach cruiser,” according to Classic. “At the time of purchase, it was partially-restored, but the interior needed several replacement parts, because the previous owner had installed Challenger seats and incorrect interior door panels.”

The aftermarket parts industry has been slow to come around for Chrysler’s oft-overlooked body style, but Classic Industries and others will surely catch up as these cars gain more and more of a following. Under the hood of Chris’ is the old standard 318. While it won’t win many burnout competitions, it also won’t need to with miles and miles of beachfront highway to hit up. Minor but tasteful upgrades include vintage-feel gold Moroso tin work on the top end.

Power steering and power brakes are probably both appreciated with the big C-body’s heft. Inside is a sparsely-optioned interior highlighted by a console shifter for the automatic transmission. No frills doesn’t mean no fun, though. With room for six, it’s definitely on the list of ultimate grocery-getters.

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Kent Will

Kent grew up in the shop with his old man and his '70 Charger R/T. His first car was a 1969 Super Bee project when Kent was fourteen. That restoration experience lead to pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in manufacturing. Since then, the garage has expanded to include a '67 Satellite, a '72 Scamp, and a 2010 Mopar '10 Challenger.

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