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Friday, May 23, 2014

Spotted: Plymouth Belvedere Wagon with a 426 Hemi

1964 Plymouth Belvedere wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins
This station wagon got a lot of attention when it pulled into Smoke Meat Pete’s for the cruise on Monday. It’s a four door Plymouth Belvedere with a 426 Hemi under the hood. I think it’s a 1964, which, if the motor and badging are original, would make it quite a rare car—possibly unique. Nineteen sixty-four was the first year Chrysler used the Hemi name (the Hemi is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year).
1964 Plymouth Belvedere wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins


According to Wikipedia, the 426 Hemi was developed for NASCAR, and Chrysler produced a racing version of the Belvedere in 1964. Hemis weren’t available to the general public until 1966. I doubt any of the NASCAR Belvederes were station wagons, however. Certainly there weren’t any in the pictures I could find.

One of the onlookers described it as a real sleeper. It would have been that, all right.
1964 Plymouth Belvedere wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins




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