Detroit’s “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” marketing mentality was at its height in the mid-1960s. In fact, manufacturers worked overtime to promote their cars through drag racing, stock car racing and national endurance events. And while GM was suffering a self-inflicted hiatus, Ford and Chrysler were bringing serious heat with the advent of aero cars, bigger engines and catchy terms like “Industrial Strength”. This 1964 Plymouth Savoy pays homage to both its time and its terms by wrapping a brutal Gary Jacob-built 426 in a sinister gray shell and correct stripper interior. If you love Mopar power, but prefer clean, purposeful styling, step right up and take a close look at this stunning Plymouth!
This superb Savoy’s high quality, professional restoration began when its solid, pillared body was meticulously stripped and thoroughly massaged to better-than-factory condition. With that profile fully prepped, all its panels were carefully aligned, with a heavy emphasis on even gaps and great fitment. Straight and smooth, that canvas was covered in modern two-stage and buffed to a brilliant, wet-look shine. And today, this Plymouth presents well from every angle, offering impressive reflections that are both deep and alluring.
There’s just something inherently cool about mid-60s Detroit metal. It’s almost as if the big three had struck a perfect balance between the artistic, hand-tailored designs of the late-50s and the ubiquitous, performance-driven designs of the late-60s. That resulted in cars that were equal parts style, power AND presence. At the front of this super straight Savoy, a stainless, “PLYMOUTH” branded grille hangs crystal clear headlights between a showroom-fresh bumper, bright parking lamps and a bold 426 hood topper. Behind that grille, like-new glass rides in excellent stainless trim, fresh stainless drip rails and opposed stainless wipers. Below that glass, sculpted fenders hang simple “Plymouth” scripts between a small driver’s mirror, traditional door handles and a requisite gold pentastar. And at the back of those fenders, crystal clear tail lights reflect subtle trunk trim, bold “P L Y M O U T H” lettering and a second, showroom-fresh bumper.
Toss this Plymouth’s long hood and you’ll find a 426 cubic inch Max Wedge V8 that was assembled by well-known nostalgia racer Gary Jacob. Pushing brutal horsepower, and built to take a beating, this Mopar monster won a hard-fought reputation by being one of the best competition motors ever created. All the big engine’s high octane fury rides in a glossy Hemi Orange block, which hangs an attractive set of “426 Super Stock” branded valve covers over authentic Max Wedge heads and proven Max Wedge rods. A rich mixture of cool air and pure gas is supplied by two correct Carters, which are sandwiched between two correct air cleaners, fresh stainless veins, a Mopar fuel filter and a correct, high performance intake. Charge comes courtesy of a freshly rebuilt alternator that spins via new V-belts. Compression is sparked by a familiar points distributor, which sequences fire between eight high quality Chrysler Electronic Suppression Wires and a proven Prestolite coil. Exhaust swirls through correct Max Wedge manifolds, which dump into big, aluminized tail pipes. And the resultant combustion is cooled by a beefy radiator that’s equipped with fresh hoses and traditional squeeze clamps. Visually, the car’s Charcoal engine compartment is clean and understated. Thanks to ample break in time, the big engine runs just as well today as when it rolled off of Chrysler’s Lynch Road assembly line. And naturally, all the little details like new decals, a correct throttle linkage and a correct oil pan are present and accounted for.
According to the Auburn Hills gang, nothing tracks down the road with the confidence of a torsion bar Mopar. And when you combine that surefootedness with this Savoy’s lightweight build and dragon slaying powertrain, you’re in for the ride of your life! The high performance big block churns torque through a tough A727 Torqueflite to a tried and true Chrysler 8.75-inch rear end. At the ends of that stellar drivetrain, an original torsion bar front and leaf spring rear suspension, which has been completely rebuilt from top to bottom, increases both drivability and track times. At the sides of that rugged suspension, large-diameter exhaust pipes whisk spent gases into factory replacement turbo mufflers. Braking is handled by heavy duty drums that are positioned at all four corners. Steering feels firm and responsive thanks to a factory-correct manual rack. And all this first rate hardware prowls on a set of classy steel wheels which spin pristine paint and dent-free center caps around staggered Wildcat whitewalls.
Take a look inside the car and you’ll find a spacious and airy environment that features enough room to haul the whole family in comfort. Top dead center is a pair of red bench seats that are lined with new padding, stitched with new covers and accented by bright silver piping. Below those seats, fresh red carpet is protected by thick, Savoy-branded floor mats. In front of those seats, a clean dash hangs silver, ’49 Plymouth-inspired instruments between an awesome Sun tachometer and cool Stewart Warner pressure gauge. At the sides of those seats, fantastic reproduction door panels display a prominent 60s design theme behind bright chrome handles and correct vinyl armrests. Above those seats, a correct white headliner is both tight and stain-free. In front of the driver, a restored steering wheel spins a red rim around a modernist Mayflower centerpiece. And behind the passengers, a fully-sorted trunk suspends fresh decals over a full-size spare and correctly placed battery.
The sale of this police cruiser-turned-strip scorcher includes vintage manuals, paperwork from Chrysler Historical, a Galen Govier decode, a pile of restoration receipts and a small stack of photos.
With jaw-dropping looks, a Gary Jacob heart and an authentic, no bull presence, this fully sorted Savoy is a fun cruiser that’s guaranteed to net trophies AND respect. Are you ready to relive the glory days of drag racing? Then don’t miss the chance to own this “Industrial Strength” Plymouth!