Industrial-strength Mopars like this 1964 Plymouth Belvedere II
delivered big horsepower and impressive performance in the
pre-muscle car days. The fact that they're also great-looking is
merely icing on the cake. V8 power, brilliant bright red paint, and
a stock-style interior make this big Belvedere a car that's good at
just about everything.
You can't miss this much sheetmetal painted bright red, and like the period race cars that shared its bodywork, this Belvedere is all about getting attention. The full-sized Belvedere offers ideal proportions and that awesome cantilevered roofline that made the recognizable from a mile away. Although it was designed to be affordable, that doesn't mean the guys at Plymouth skimped on the shiny stuff, either, giving it bright side trim, chrome bumpers, and a simple grille up front that would totally fill other cars' rear-view mirrors with Mopar. The bright red paint works well behind the shiny stuff, giving this big cruiser a high performance look that speaks to its dual nature. Fit and finish are quite good, with doors that close easily and a massive trunk lid that fits well, and believe me, getting a piece of metal that big to look good is no easy task. All the original badges and emblems were reinstalled after the paint was dry, and for the most part, this car looks like it might have in 1967 after being enjoyed for a few years.
Funky red brocade cloth upholstery works well with the bright red paint job and the replacement seat covers accurately duplicate the originals. Matching door panels continue the simple-but-elegant theme and pleats everywhere are part of the 1960s vibe that defines this car. The steering wheel is a beautiful study in simplicity and the symmetry of the dash is pretty cool, with the pushbutton transmission controls on the left and heater controls on the right. Stock instruments offer a fairly comprehensive view of the engine's condition and aftermarket A/C was added discreetly under the dash. The original AM radio is still in the dash, a nice nod to originality, and remarkably it still works! The trunk is positively huge by today's standards a new trunk mat and spatter paint that shows off more clean sheetmetal.
Getting all that sheetmetal moving is the job of a 318 cubic inch V8. With an intake obviously designed to make torque, a 2-barrel carburetor, and a rumbling dual exhaust, it delivers the kind of low-end grunt that makes these cars so much fun to drive. With Hemi Orange paint on the block, it looks fairly authentic, a look that's enhanced by the simple stamped valve covers and factory air cleaner assembly. Someone spent a good deal of time on the inner fenders and firewall before the paint went on, so popping the hood is a pleasure. A 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic is robust enough to handle the power, and there's an 8.75-inch rear end out back. There's a brand new dual exhaust system underneath that sounds mellow but not loud and it looks like you also get fresh shocks as part of the deal. Simple steel wheels and dog-dish hubcaps emphasize the minimalist performance vibe and they're wrapped in 215/70/14 blackwall radials for an industrial look.
Effortless big car comfort with enough performance to make Camaro owners look over their shoulders, this heavy-duty Belvedere really delivers. Call today!