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With summer just around the corner, here’s a truly unique opportunity to buy a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere Satellite convertible
The Satellite was the top trim model within the midsize Belvedere lineup, and only available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. The 1966 Satellite featured a range of V8 engines, from the 4.47-litre (273ci) to the mighty 6.98-litre (426) Hemi V8 engine, and could be optioned with either an automatic (727) or four-speed manual transmission.
For 1966, the Belvedere body’s style marked the first time that Elwood Engel (Chrysler’s chief stylist) had been given a free reign to design a fresh model based on the 1962 platform, and therefore consign Virgil Exner’s unpopular design for that model year to the bin. As a result, the ’66 models displayed Engel’s trademark long, straight lines running uninterrupted from front to back. The Satellite interior also featured front bucket seats and a centre console. The vinyl trim was embossed to look like western-style tooled leather.
The outstanding example featured here was built during the classic muscle car era — well before Ralph Nader’s book, Unsafe at Any Speed, and environmentalists had any notable effect on car manufacture. This car was assembled in the Louisville plant and features the 6.27-litre (383ci) Commando 242kw (325bhp) V8 engine and four-speed transmission.
The original Certicard shows it was sold new in Spokane, Washington state, and some old receipts indicate that the car was probably restored in British Columbia sometime during 2001–2002.
The Plymouth was first registered in New Zealand during 2009 and was purchased by its current (Timaru-based) owner in February 2011.
When it arrived in Timaru, it was discovered that the gearbox bearings needed replacing, so the first thing to do was to get the car on a hoist to remove the gearbox and determine what was required to get the job done properly. The necessary parts were sourced through a Mopar enthusiast in the North Island, and, while the car was on the hoist, several additional items needing attention were also identified. As a result, it was never pressed into use as an everyday driver, and, after its owner discovered the benefits of purchasing online, more new parts were ordered from the US.
Today, the Satellite steers and stops as it should, and, in addition to power disc brakes, a front sway bar, and modified power-steering box, the car is also fitted with Magnum 500 15-inch wheels, Cooper tyres, a Mopar Performance electronic ignition, an Edelbrock carburettor, a new petrol tank, electric fuel pump, and new exhaust system —among many other improvements — making this beauty ready for another owner to enjoy.
The car will be sold registered and warranted. Many new suspension and other parts for further improvements are also available.
The asking price is $49K. For further information, contact Morris Greene: ph. 03 683 1508.