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1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE HEMI 426
Chassis Number RP23H61290202.
Very rare Pillarless 2 door Hardtop finished in her original colour scheme of ZZ1 Citron Gold Metallic ( a delightful period Light Metallic Green ) with matching correct Citron Gold premium interior with vinyl bucket seats and centre console ( so far 1 of only 3 documented in this colour scheme by Galen Govier ). This is a genuine original Hemi car, winner of the 2014 European Mopar Nationals ‘Best of Show’ trophy. Introduced in 1965 as the top of the range model of Plymouth's B-series mid-size Belvedere line-up, the Satellite became available with Chrysler's legendary 'Hemi' 426ci (7.0-litre) V8 engine as an option for 1966. Adding around $1,000 to the list price, this 'Street Hemi' engine was quoted as producing 425bhp at 5,000rpm and 490lb/ft of torque at 4,000 revs, figures generally accepted as being conservative. The factory quoted performance figures were 5.3 seconds for the 0-60mph sprint and 13.8 seconds for the standing quarter-mile. When specified, the Hemi was complemented by a host of performance enhancing extras including heavy-duty suspension and Police-grade 11" drum brakes. Only 848 Satellite Hemi models were manufactured in 1966, 534 of which were equipped with the optional automatic three-speed transmission. This is an exceptionally rare car, even in America. The car offered here is close to concours condition throughout having received a 1000 plus hour restoration reputedly costing over £ 75000 ( documentation showing this is in the history folder ). This car's impressive specification includes power assisted steering, power assisted ventilated front disc brakes and a '727' three-speed automatic transmission, rare 9 ¾ Dana 60 3:55 rear axle, Hemi heavy duty suspension, heavy duty 37 amp alternator and heavy duty 70 amp battery. This Satellite has been fully restored with a mix of original parts from this actual car, NOS parts and some reproduction parts. Everything is period-correct right down to the beautiful optional French-polished Mahogany sports steering wheel, new BF Goodrich Red Line radial tyres and original 14” spinner hub caps. Not surprisingly, the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and transmission are all fully rebuilt and in excellent order. This Satellite Hemi has been in the UK since 1975 and is possibly the only example in Europe and almost certainly the best. There are probably only a handful of Hemi cars in the UK and this one comes complete with a large history file including a 4 page de-coding letter from Galen Govier ( the World renowned Mopar Guru ) and the very rare original factory broadcast sheet ( build sheet ) and fender tag detailing all of the factory fitted options and delete options. Huge investment potential, just watch the value double in the next 10 years.
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