Elsewhere today, you will find that Brian has put up his engine tribute for 3/30, which features units from Oldsmobile, DeSoto and the Ford 5.4L unit of late. Good selections, for sure, but 3/30 makes me want to highlight something different: the Dodge 330. Not exactly a model name that’s well known, especially when you start asking younger folk, but if they’ve been around a track long enough they’ve seen what a 330 can do. What’s impressive is that this is genesis for the B-body platform that Chrysler ran through the end of 1979. So this 330, a 1967 Charger, 1970 Superbird, 1971 Road Runner, 1975 Fury Sport and 1978 Magnum XE are all tied to this exact setup, with only slight wheelbase differences to mark any real difference.
The 330 was a trim level of the intermediate cars and didn’t mean much more than whether or not you got a cigarette lighter and some extra fluff inside of the car, but that’s not what BangShift remembers about these cars. No, what you need to know is Max Wedge: the 426 cubic inch Wedge motor crammed into a lighter-weight plain as day 330. Wearing lightened body panels and showing up much smaller and lighter than the other contenders who used full-size machines to house their big hitter engines, the Max Wedges effectively made everybody angry. The little old lady’s Dodge and it’s Plymouth twin would proceed to smack the competition around wholesale with these cars.