The 440 was the top power choice for the 1969 Polara, but the 318 and the 383 became the most popular engines.
A 1969 Dodge Polara recently made its way to eBay with an intriguing package that goes well beyond the concept of a big-block engine. The Polara previously served as a police car, and its current offering includes the full law enforcement package, including the lights and the siren. The police goodies work, but eBay seller robertreynolds1971 says the siren needs a new switch.
The Dodge was used by patrol officers in Detroit, but the owner says they installed Illinois police decals on it.
The 318 under the hood is the original unit, but it has already received several repairs and requires even more. It has low compression and doesn't always run properly, though the owner says it needs time to warm up before it eventually gets back to a correclty working condition.
The vehicle's overall condition is great, and I don't think the rust will be a problem. I can't see the undersides in the images, but the body looks clean and straight. Buyers should put the vehicle on a lift and inspect the floors, but it looks like it's been parked in a garage, away from the typical problems, including high humidity levels and rain, leading to rust.
It's also complete, and aside from a thorough cleaning and the occasional fixes, it doesn't seem to require much else. The odometer indicates approximately 68,000 miles, so I assume the car hasn't spent too much time on the road hunting for criminals. It's unclear if the odometer has ever rolled over, but this is unlikely the case, considering its overall shape and the all-original setup.
The selling expectations are ambitious, making the car's goal of finding a new home much harder. The owner wants $10k for the Polara police car, and the bidding comes with a reserve whose value is unknown. The bidding reached $4,600, but the reserve is still in place, so I believe the offer that can unlock it must get closer to $10,000 or close to this value.
If you want to inspect the police car in person, you must go to Monticello, Illinois, where it's currently parked and waiting for the auction's outcome.