Plymouth Belvedere Satellite Unique Cars and Parts

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Plymouth Satellite Series 1

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When a new, larger Fury was introduced for 1965 on full-size C platform, the Plymouth name was moved to Plymouth’s new line which was really a of Plymouth’s full-size 1962 models. The Belvedere Satellite was the top model in the series, above the I and II. It was only available as a two-door or convertible.

Offered with seats and center console as the Satellite was available exclusively V8 engines. For 1965, the standard was the 273 c.i.d. and optional choices the 318, and 361, 383 and 426 Commando This 426 had the wedge combustion design, and is not the 426 Hemi offered in The front end was simple: a single on each side, and a grille into four thin laid horizontally.

The concurrent was given a stacked dual design.

Chrysler Lost Its

For 1965. Chrysler Corp. its buttons, joining the rest of the practice of offering only or steering column-mounted shift Chrysler market analysts had by 1965, that prospective were shying away the buttons, apparently due to a combination of unfamiliarity and the difficulty of accepting the as a power symbol.

So, as far as Chrysler was the buttons were long

Today we love the push-button — but the console-mounted, in-line as used on the Satellite was still good — communicating the optional TorqueFlite transmission. were able to convey the of strength in its transmission by using a chromed lever and big knob. The was, of course, Chrysler’s and time-proven 3-speed automatic was introduced in 1958 and by 1965 it was recognized as one of the industry’s most positive-acting transmissions .

During the preceding 7 years it had minor improvements, few of which good copy, but all combining to it competitive. The news flash for was typical of the era: A sliding in the transmission and new cross and roller universal joint to reduce vibration, as well as anti-creep converter improvements. In addition to the the other big news was the optional 383-cu. in. V-8 engine (a 273-cu. in.

V-8 was a dependable source of stimulation and

Fed by a single 4-barrel carburetor and its digestion aided by a special camshaft, unsilenced air cleaner and exhausts, the big, healthy begged for excitement. Though by a too-long 2.93:1 rear ratio and pulling an air-conditioning the Satellite managed a 16.2 standing 1/4 mile — medicine for a mid 1960s 2-ton The press release proclaimed basically a family car, it Belvedere line] may be adapted to successfully in competitive motor — but as good as the Satelitte most road testers underwhelmed when they got the wheel — simply the motor sports claim was a over ambitious.

Part of the road testers of the time disappointed was that, in family mode as the car rolled off the production the rear axle ratio was to give low rev and good economy miles. The 383-cu. in. engine have been accompanied by a ratio, which would produced notably improved — and then it would lived up to the claims.

The Big Daddy 426

High-performance buffs have been interested in the of Chrysler’s three 426-cu. in. packages for the Belvederes. They from 365 through 470 bhp (the with a thumping 480 lb.-ft. of at 4400 rpm), with carburetion and compression ratio. The Big 426 was meant for the tracks and strips, and was not for general highway driving, and was not by Chrysler’s 5-year/50,000-mile engine and warranty.

Option the Satelitte up and it was to add more than $1000 to the price — the most of these being air-conditioning. The fold-forward bucket seats firm and comfortable and, sports car addicts would been disappointed with lack of strong lateral support, the individually adjustable were a boon to physically front passengers. All-vinyl throughout was standard in the Satellites.

The between the seats was roomy and and visibility out of the wide-open hardtop area was excellent.

4 Barrel 383 cubic inch V8 was one of the hotter available in the Satellite. With camshaft and 10:1 compression, it was for 330 bhp.

A large flat had been a hallmark of Plymouths the 1950s and 1960s. Well too, with tartan including wheel cover.

The exterior appearance was also continuing Plymouth’s welcome of simplicity of line and balanced Decorated only with stainless steel wheel and sill trim, wheel with spinner hubs, window framing and a furtive flock of vertical ribs at the rear flank (whose purpose was to aid Satellite identification) the car was free too much decoration. Plymouth design had come a way since the fin era of the 1950s.

The configuration of the bodies (this model was available as a convertible) was all but identical to of the 1964 Plymouth Sport with little more guards, grille and trim to it individuality.

Changes To The Belvedere

Overall Belvedere length was by 3.1 in. to 203.4 in. with the Chevelle and intermediate market as its intended the Satellite was the top, and sporty, of the line. The entire 8-car series was dropped for 1965 and the models increased in number eight to eighteen. The line was into three categories, upward in appointments and price the Belvedere I, Belvedere II and Satellite.

The I and II were all available with Chrysler’s 225-cu. in. 145-bhp ohv Six or the 273-cu. in. 180-bhp V-8, listed as standard engines.

The however, was standard at extra — about $89 additional. were not available with the

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As standard packages, the Belvederes already equipped with a of niceties, including front belts, electric windshield self-adjusting brakes. armrests all separate ashtrays in the rear and a system. The air-conditioning ducts completely variable and could be up and back from over the panel to blow directly at the occupants. The Satellite heater was a flexible system and some must be exercised in its use — in conditions if you pulled the heat halfway down and turned on the the windshield would be instantly with mist and you would yourself driving blind.

there was a Defrost button, worked well.

Behind the

The torsion-bar and ball-joint front/ rear suspension was another tradition of the time. Again, correction and improvement had taken each year without The Satellite was a little firmer the bumps, a little more in the curves and generally a better more manageable Plymouth its predecessors.

The Satelitte was put togther too, the body and interior tight, sound, quiet and Listed mechanical improvements to the series for 1965 constituted less than a revolutionary to the industry.

They included anti-vibration measures, plus to the electrical system for reliability and The starter motor, spark and alternator were strengthened and a new battery cover installed, to in the individual battery cells and the connectors. Another innovation was the use of acrylic enamel. The instrument of the Satellite was simple, readable and free, happily passing up the temptations brought by advances in technology.

There were no protruding hemispheres, rolling multi-colored or deep-dish chrome salads just instruments with and white dials, numerals and needles.

All, that is, but the oil whose light gauges the sudden loss of oil pressure. The value of a red light was undeniable, but any car would have preferred the gauge. In an automotive era whose largely equalled or exceeded manufacturers’ weight limits, researching the specifications it was surprising to that the Satellite’s 8.25-14s comfortably within their ratings.

Indeed, this factor may be taken as evidence of the character of the Satellite, because road testers of the time it to be a tough, strong car capable of its intended job easily and well, that important little left over for emergencies.


The 1965 Satellite hardtop had a production run of 23,341. In trim the 2-door hardtop 3,220 lb (1,460 kg) and cost The convertible saw a production figure of weighing 3,325 lb (1,508 kg) and $2,827 in standard trim.

In along with a redesigning, the was available with the newly Street Hemi engine, had two 4-barrel carburetors, and 10.25:1 This engine was rated at 425 hp kW) at 5,000 rpm and 490 lbft of torque at rpm. The other V8 engine for 1966 remained the standard 180 hp kW) 273, plus the popular 318 at 230 hp kW) and the 265 hp (198 kW) Commando 361 and Commando 383 at 325 hp kW), down from the 330 hp kW) it had on tap in 1965.

The 1967 Satellite did not see any sheet changes from 1966, but were several trim A new grille featured dual headlights, a change in the rear finish panel and taillights multiple horizontal ribs. New aluminum trim at the lower crease with silver below gave all 1967 essentially a two-tone paint

For 1966 and 1967. the interior seats and door panels treated to a unique ‘Western design which mimicked leather in appearance. This was the interior shared with the GTX in For 1966 and 1967 the Satellite was offered only in 2-door and convertible form and was powered by V8 engines. The 361 was eliminated for 1967 but a 2-barrel 383 at 270 hp (200 kW) was continued the most powerful Satellite for 1967 being a 383 4-barrel at 325 hp (242 kW).

Production for 1966 were 35,399 and 2,759 convertibles.

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