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Lot 41
1966 Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi

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1966 Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi

CHASSIS NO: RP23H61180377

• Factory two four-barrel 426 Hemi engine
• Four-speed manual transmission
• 1 of 503 four-speed Hemi Satellite hardtops produced
• 3:23 Sure-Grip differential
• Original interior
• Colorful ownership history

426 cid Hemi eight-cylinder engine, 425 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, live axle rear suspension with leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”

The 426 Hemi’s legacy came directly from the 413/426 RB Wedge and 392 Hemi, but it was in fact a completely new engine sharing virtually nothing with its predecessors. Chrysler focused engine development on both power and reliability, developing oval track and drag racing versions of the 426 Hemi simultaneously. The 426 Hemi won its first oval track race, the 1964 Daytona 500, with Richard Petty at the wheel of a Plymouth. It was followed across the line by two more Plymouths driven by Jim Pardue and Paul Goldsmith, with Jim Paschal fifth in a Hemi-powered Dodge. Of ten 426 Hemi powered cars in the field, only one failed to finish because of an engine problem, an amazing finishing rate for a new engine in its first race. The 426 Hemi went from strength to greater strength both on ovals and drag strips, but these were custom-built racing engines and their dominance, along with the Ford single overhead camshaft 427, led NASCAR to institute minimum factory production requirements for the 1966 season.

Chrysler was able to build the Hemi at reasonable cost, presenting an opportunity to put Hemi power in the hands of truly performance-hungry private owners. The first of these were introduced in early 1966 and were rated at the same 425 horsepower as the oval and drag strip engines despite having lower compression ratio (10.25:1 against the 11:1 or 12.5:1 of the race engines) and it is likely that all these engines made even more power than that. Available in 1966 only in the redesigned Belvedere/Satellite mid-sized 116-inch wheelbase chassis, at $1,105 the “Street Hemi” cost nearly half as much as the basic V-8 Belvedere. The engine came with a host of performance-enhancing extras, including heavy-duty suspension and police-grade 11-inch drum brakes. The front discs available in full-size Mopars weren't offered.

These special cars were not intended to be used as grocery-getters, as the factory sticker on the door jamb warns: "Notice. This car is equipped with a 426 cubic-inch engine (and other special equipment). This car is intended for use in supervised acceleration trials and is not intended for highway or general passenger car use. Accordingly, this vehicle is sold "as is", and the 12-month or 12,000-mile vehicle warranty coverage and 5-year or 50,000-mile power train warranty coverage does not apply to this vehicle."

This 1966 Plymouth Satellite is finished in Bright Red (PP1 as indicated on the body tag) and is a well-preserved, unrestored car with a previous repaint in the factory color. The red bucket seat interior still has its original vinyl upholstery with “Western Scroll” detail, emulating the look of tooled leather. Additionally, it has been fitted with an after-market, under dash air-conditioning system and was once owned by Tunica Mississippi’s legendary bootlegger, entrepreneur, casino and nightclub owner Harold “Hardface” Clinton. He was nicknamed for the stone face he wore during poker games. Hardface was known to always have very fast, big engine cars, and this 1966 Satellite, with its monstrous factory-installed 426 Hemi engine, four-speed manual transmission and 3:23 Sure-Grip limited-slip differential, was his kind of car. Currently the car is in excellent mechanical condition and still a thrill to drive. With a great color scheme, colorful providence, rarity and original patina, this original 462 Plymouth Hemi is a highly desirable example of the American muscle car.

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