Ratty Plymouth 426 Hemi Satellite is a masterclass in stealthy

Think a BMW M5 makes a great slipper? The Munich super-sedan is as different from this dirty hemi-powered Plymouth satellite as the Daglo Pink McLaren that is currently on sale. Bring a trailer.

Unlike their wild color schemes, dazzling, air-catching hood scoops, sports wheels and prominent graphics in the late 1960s, the first wave of muscle cars that for most of the decade hid their huge powerplants in common wrappers.

After making its new 426 Q-in (7.0-liter) Hemi available to racers in 1965, Chrysler expanded the availability of regular road cars for 1966. Dodge buyers could get it in a sexy new charger coupe, but the Plymouth wasn’t the equivalent, so its customers had to take a Belvedere, or its superior satellite spinoff monster Hemi motor.

The base satellite received a modest 180 hp (183 PS) 273 Q-in (4.5-liter) V8, while the Hemi was officially rated 425 hp (431 PS), and in fact almost tripled its power. An April 1966 test The driver of the car Records speeds from 5.3 seconds to 60 mph (97 km / h) and runs quarter-miles in 13.8 seconds on a four-speed hemi coupe. Yet from the outside, with its modest hubcaps and flat hood, there was little indication for extra performance.

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And you see here the tired 56 year old car has even less signal Drive it on the freeway and the average SUV pilot in the next lane will never assume that this is the best day a Ferrari could smoke, and still be able to scare a lot of modern cars.

Unfortunately, this can be bypassed-but not unless you’re a techie who knows what he’s doing. The Hemi and its four-speed manual transmission (a combo ordered by only 503 people in 1966) still exist, but the motor is not currently running and the seller does not know when it was started. But with time and money everything can be fixed. It’s just a matter of how much you want to throw it.

This car needs, deserves and, thanks to its rarity, will probably throw a lot of money into it to get it back to the top. But it’s fun to imagine what it would be like if you overhauled the drivetrain and brakes, let go of the body and spent your weekend embarrassing BMW drivers. No matter what situation you choose, you need to get your bids before the end of the June 13 auction to get a chance to own it.

But if you miss out, or you like the Detroit Ninja theme but prefer a turnkey car, there’s a Dodge equivalent, a 1966 Coronet Hemi in perfect condition, closing the same auction site the next day.

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