1964 Plymouth Belvedere 426 Max Wedge.
The 1964 Belvedere 426 Max Wedge Super Stock coupe was clearly designed with only one thing in mind, to go fast and win. And thats exactly what they did, with many of them holding records that still stand today.
This car is NOT a clone, a tribute, or a replica. As verified by the original fender tag and Galen Govier report- this is a super rare, real deal 1964 4-speed, 426 Street Wedge Belvedere, but now sporting a real deal High Compression 426 Max Wedge motor, built with all the right parts from 1964. The block itself is a 1963 426 Max Wedge that was fully rebuilt in 2012 to 1964 Stage III factory specs. Compression was lowered from the HC spec of 13.5:1 down to a more streetable 11:1 (which was also available in 1964, and made 415 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque vs. the HC 425 HP and 480 lb-ft). estimated horsepower is well over 500. The engine runs super strong with no issues, stays cool in traffic and pulls like a freight train. Its all topped by the original Stage III cross-ram intake with a pair of 625 CFM Carter carbs sporting their original factory chrome dress-up air cleaners. Exhaust is through the original trick factory manifolds with matched 21-inch long runners and into a custom 3-inch TTI stainless exhaust system with cut-outs.
More details on the engine:
Block stamping: 426 TMP HC / 2-26-13 .
Casting number: 2406730-1 .
Casting date: 10/1/62 .
Intake casting: 2402726-1 .
Head casting: 240228 .
The engine is backed by an A833 4-speed manual transmission. This is an original 4-speed car, and it has been correctly modified exactly as they were raced in 1964. Most 64 Plymouths used a ball-and-trunnion type universal joint behind the transmission, but this one has a NASCAR trick and modified pinion-style yoke. The originals were fragile and unreliable for racing. Many racers at the time used the NASCAR trick and modified a pinion-style yoke so they could use a standard universal joint, and thats exactly how this car has been modified. This way the driveshaft can be easily removed without pulling the yoke out of the tail-shaft.
Theres an 8 Sure Grip limited-slip rear with 4.11 gears hanging off a set of heavy-duty Super Stock springs. It rolls on custom-made 15x8 steel wheels designed to replicate the Chrysler Imperial wheels that racers would use in the 60s. Today there are a set of 275/60/15 B F Goodrich drag radials back there, but theyve never seen the track. Up front theres a matching set of 5 wide 15-inch steel wheels on a pair of 205/70/15 Kumhos, topped with a set of perfect OEM dog dish hubcaps from the original 1964 Plymouth that sat in the original owners garage for nearly 40 years.
Cosmetically, the car is in show condition. On the outside, the paint and stainless trim are world-class, with all the Belvedere-specific pieces intact. There was some question as to the authenticity of the plain-Jane deck lid and rear panel trim, but it has been verified by experts as original and authentic. Apparently, the guys on the assembly line just didnt care what trim went on these high-performance cars, they just wanted to get them out the door and onto the street. The hood scoop is an original fiberglass unit as well The interior was fully restored in 2005 to factory specifications, although the black interiors were not available on the Belvedere line in 1964, thats how the original car was configured while the original owner was driving and racing it, so thats how this one was restored and it was exceptionally well-done. Everything is new, from the carpets to the door panels to the headliner, and fits better than it did in 1964. The materials and textures are accurate. The Sun tach on the dashboard is period-correct. There is a short-throw Hurst shifter sprouting from the transmission tunnel. Other than that radio and a heater, there are no other options on this car. There is an Autometer mechanical oil pressure gauge under the dash and a FM converter inside the original AM radio.
This particular Belvedere has a terrific history and is impeccably a nostalgia piece. In 1964, the owner was a young man, fresh out of school and interested in fast Fords. At a local drive-in, there was an almost mythological 63 Belvedere that would come in, rumble through the parking lot looking for challengers, then methodically take them out one by one at an undisclosed location in the middle of the night. He eventually met the owner of that car and got a ride in the black Belvedere coupe with a giant-cammed 426 Max Wedge under the hood that idled like a paint shaker. A week later, he traded in his Ford and ordered his first new car, a 1964 Belvedere Max Wedge 426 4-speed identical to this amazing red coupe. He sold it in the 1970s when his interests changed, but never forgot the way that car made him feel. So when he had the chance to re-create it, he took it and built the spectacular piece you see here. The car has been restored to the state the original owners car was in while he was actually driving and racing the original.
Documents include the original manuals and booklets , the Govier report and more detailing every aspect of the cars pedigree.
Cars like this one are probably the reason Mopar performance was so dominant during the muscle car era. This is a real deal 426 Street Wedge 4-speed 1964, with a 100% authentic 426 Max Wedge.