1966 Plymouth Satellite Hemi

In 1965, Plymouth unveiled the Satellite, positioned as the flagship model within the mid-size Belvedere lineup. By 1966, it boasted Chrysler’s revered ‘Hemi’ 426ci (7.0-liter) V8 engine, elevating its performance capabilities.

Priced at approximately $1,000 above the base model, the ‘Street Hemi’ engine was reputed to deliver 425bhp at 5,000rpm and 490lb/ft of torque at 4,000 revs, though these figures were considered conservative by many. Its performance metrics included a 0-60mph sprint in 5.3 seconds and a standing quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds, reaching a terminal speed of 104mph.

Opting for the Hemi also meant receiving a range of performance enhancements such as heavy-duty suspension and Police-grade 11″ drum brakes. Only 848 Satellite Hemis were produced in 1966, among which 534 featured the optional automatic three- or four-speed transmission. This rarity makes it a prized find, particularly within the American automotive landscape.

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