1966 Plymouth Belvedere Satellite

Introduced in 1965 as Plymouth’s premier model in the mid-size Belvedere lineup, the Satellite debuted with Chrysler’s renowned ‘Hemi’ 426ci (7.0-liter) V8 engine in 1966.

Adding approximately $1,000 to the base price, this ‘Street Hemi’ engine purportedly generated 425bhp at 5,000rpm and 490lb/ft of torque at 4,000 revs, though these figures were often considered conservative. Performance statistics claimed a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds and a standing quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds with a terminal speed of 104mph.

The Hemi variant came with a range of performance-enhancing features, including heavy-duty suspension and Police-grade 11″ drum brakes. Out of the 848 Satellite Hemis produced in 1966, 534 were equipped with the optional automatic three- or four-speed transmission. This model remains exceptionally rare, even within the American automotive landscape.


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