In 1964 Plymouth’s designers were being pushed by sales and marketing to make the cars look as wide as possible. So it wasn’t too much longer in 1965 that Plymouth unveiled a very large Plymouth Fury as Chrysler’s full-size option. This meant the Belvedere branding would become the “mid-sized” option. In 1966 the styling for the Belvedere line was still wide, sleek, and clean. Plymouth’s goal was accomplished and if you were in the market for a mid-sized vehicle in 1966 it didn’t get much better than the Plymouth Belvedere Satellite.
In 1966, The Satellite was the top of the line option for the Belvedere, ahead of the Belvedere I and II models. One year later it would become the middle of the line option being replaced by the GTX model. This 1966 Plymouth Satellite is a stunning example of what $2,695 would get you in 1966. Today it sits in the correct coat of white paint, has a completely restored interior, and now packs a little more power under the hood than it did when it left the factory.
However, before we get too far into the description lets decode the VIN and fender tag.
•P: Barracuda, Satellite, Sport Fury
•23: 2-dr Hardtop
•G: 383CI V8
•7: Built in St. Louis, Missouri plant
•280090: Production number
•b5: rear arm rest with ashtray
•d6: rear options
•u1: Sold car when built (someone ordered it)
•AB62: 325hp 383 ci V8
•C3: 4-speed manual transmission
•R1: 2-watt AM radio
•SO 518: Production date of May 18th, 1966
•RP23: Satellite 2-dr. Hardtop
•P4X: Black vinyl interior
•WW1: White lower and upper body color
At the front of the body you will find quad headlights within the grille that is made up of horizontal slats. Below the grille a massive front bumper wraps around the front nose. At the start of the hood, just above the grille, PLYMOUTH emblems sit below a hood ornament that stands with the numbers 440 giving away what lies in wait under the hood. At the fenders you’ll find the Satellite Commando badging below chrome trim that runs the length of the body. The chrome door handles, chrome side mirrors, and the top and bottom chrome trim look fantastic and show no signs of wear. As you make your way to the back of the car you’ll notice how the fuel cover is made up of a Plymouth emblem that you twist to remove the cover. The rear of the car is just as sleek as the rest as there are no cutouts for the horizontal taillights, only the license plate. The satellite emblem above the rear bumper also features a red white and blue emblem along with it. Finishing off the incredible look of this Satellite is the massive rear bumper and the dual exhausts that exit underneath it.
Even though the Satellite originally left the factory with a 383ci V8, today if you lift the hood on this top of the line Belvedere you will see an engine bay that has been stuffed with a 440ci six pack V8. The 440 features an aluminum intake manifold, cast iron heads, and cast iron exhaust manifolds. Above the aluminum intake are the three two-barrel carburetors that feed the massive engine. Spent gasses travel from the headers through Raptor mufflers and out the previously mentioned dual exhausts to create a nice rumble for the 440. The 440 wears a 4006630 casting, and a build date of July 18th of 1977. In front of the engine is a massive radiator that is responsible for keeping the engine cool.
Under the Satellite is just as impressive as the rest of the vehicle. At the front of the Plymouth is the bottom of the 440 that has been painted in Hemi orange. Bolted to the block is a 4-speed manual transmission that sends power down the driveshaft to the 8 ¾ rear axle with 3.23 rear gears. Manual drum brakes can be found at every corner and are responsible for slowing the vehicle. In front of those brakes the car sits on a set of Chrome Magnum 500 rims that have been wrapped in Remington radial rubber.
Pop open the doors and you’ll find a completely restored black vinyl interior. The interior is extremely spacious and features four bucket seats that show no wear. In front of the driver’s seat is the original dash that houses the 110 MPH speedometer. Over the course of the Satellite''s life someone attached a Sunpro RPM gauge to the steering column to help with those shift points on the 4-speed. Above the seats is a black headliner that is in fantastic shape. Throughout the interior, more chrome Satellite badging can be found with the red, white, and blue emblem along with it. Brand new carpet stretches across the floor and is covered by Satellite floor mats.
The Satellite was a very popular car because it’s stylish look and the fact of how extremely affordable they were at only $2,600. This 1966 Plymouth Belvedere Satellite is a near perfect example of why these cars were so popular. Every inch of this car impresses, and has turned many heads in our showroom already. Don’t miss your chance to own a car that you can cruise to your local car show with and take home an award or two with it.