Documented Restored Belvedere II 426 HEMI Dual Quad
- Original 426 cubic inch dual-quad Hemi V8
- A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission
- 8.75 rear end
- 14 inch steel wheels that are equipped with correct, 1966-exclusive blue line tires
- New Legendary interior
- Fresh two year nut and bolt rotisserie restoration
- The only 1966 Belvedere HP II originally optioned with special order Turbine Bronze Metallic exterior paint
- Documented by both Chrysler and Galen Govier
One of the many great things about the muscle car era was the Detroit automakers ability to inject excitement and performance into EVERY model on their showroom floors. In the 60s, that meant awesome ground pounding machines for virtually every buyer; and today, it translates to a healthy list of unique classics which offer exclusive options and rare equipment combinations. Take, for example, this 1966 Plymouth Belvedere HP II. Dressed in a special order, one-of-one bronze on tan color combination, rocking a big block 426 Hemi under its hood and featuring rare radio and heater delete options codes, it's the kind of car that beat up crosstown rivals in the 60s and anchors the finest investment grade collections today. If you're in the market for an exceptionally restored Mopar muscle car that will provide years of fond memories and has all the right stuff to continue gaining value for the long term, this handsome Plymouth B-Body is your ticket!
As the beneficiary of a two year nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, this one-of-a-kind Belvedere exactly replicates its VIN and fender tag specifications all the way from its original 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 to its 1966-exclusive blue line tires.
* R: 116 inch Plymouth
* H: High series
* 23: Two door hardtop
* H: 426 cubic inch Hemi V8
* 6: 1966 model year
* 1: Manufactured at Chrysler's Lynch Road assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan
* 280503: Production sequence number
* 523: Produced on May 23rd of 1966
* 49021: Shipping order number
* R: 116 inch Plymouth
* H: High series
* 23: Two door hardtop
* H: High trim grade
* 1 Bench seats with cloth and vinyl trim
* T: Tan interior color
* 999: Special order exterior paint
* Y: Medium Gold upper door frames
* A7: 426 cubic inch V8
* B3: Two 4-barrel carburetors
* C5: Torqueflite automatic transmission
* G1: 26 inch radiator
* S6: Heater delete
* u1: Sold car
* y9: Special order
As some of the finest Mopar muscle on the planet, this stunning Plymouth's complete rebuild began when its solid original body was bolted to a rotisserie and meticulously stripped all the way down to its 42 year old surfaces. Once that OEM metal was fully prepped from front to back and top to bottom, a series of small patches lead to a thorough block sanding which created a smooth, showroom fresh canvas. Now, full of square-jawed swagger and ready for paint, the car arrived at Smith's Paint and Body in Callands, Virginia where it donned $22K of special order urethane to reassume its role as the only 1966 Turbine Bronze Belvedere II ever produced. Take one look down the sides of this old school Plymouth and it becomes very apparent that it's tough, slab-sided panels have been straightened and finessed until they look smoother and line up better than anything that rolled out of a factory during the late 60s. Pull the car into the sun light and its glossy body accurately reproduces Chrysler's unique bronze hue all the while protecting it under a tough and durable clearcoat shell. All that staring and comparing adds up to one super slick muscle car which features brutal performance and killer good looks!
Widely regarded as the beginning of Plymouth's 'gentlemen's hot rod', the Belvedere HP II offered stylish performance for the sophisticated and discriminate buyer. At the front of the car, a body-width stainless grille centers two large parking lights between two larger headlights, a pristine chrome bumper and a black-inlayed “Plymouth” script. Above that grille the car's smooth bronze hood, which wears a classy Plymouth emblem that's branded with the numbers 4, 2 and 6, flows toward like-new glass that's cleared by bright stainless wipers, shielded by chrome drip rails and framed by new stainless trim. Below that glass, multi-faceted body panels, which add an unmistakable vintage flavor to the design, are detailed with satin stainless trim and cool, rear mounted Plymouth emblems. Opposite those Plymouth emblems, bold “Belvedere II” badging combines with large “426 Hemi” badging to perfectly complement traditional chrome door handles and a stylish driver's mirror. And at the back of the car, a new rear valence hangs a centered “Plymouth” script between small reverse lamps, elaborate tail lights and a second pristine chrome bumper.
Fully detailed, covered in Hemi Orange paint and wearing only break-in miles since a complete rebuild, this slick Plymouth's 426 cubic inch Hemi V8 is spectacular in every measurable way! As Chrysler's top option for power hungry gearheads this legendary elephant block, which is complete with its famous 2468330 casting number, utilizes cast iron heads, an oversquare bore, a forged steel crank, forged steel connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons and solid lifters to turn stout 10.25 to 1 compression into an advertised 425 horsepower and 490 lb./ft. of torque. At the top of that monster motor, two correct Carter carburetors sip fuel through fresh stainless fuel lines and suck air through a large chrome air cleaner that's branded with a subtle orange decal. At the base of those carburetors, a dual quad intake holds a familiar points distributor which sends fire through eight reproduction Chrysler Electronic Suppression wires. And at the sides of that intake, traditional Organisol covered valve covers hand over restored original exhaust manifolds which send spent gases into a great sounding true dual exhaust system. Cooling for the big engine is provided by a correct 26 inch Chrysler radiator which sits in front of a correct seven blade fan and a correct fan shroud. And like the motor itself, the car's Turbine Bronze Metallic engine bay is highly detailed and exceptionally impressive from its correct master cylinder, rebuilt wiper motor and tagged reproduction Mopar red cap battery to its fresh hoses, correct clamps and reproduction Chrysler washer tank.
This HP II definitely has the performance to back up its sinister good looks; and with the awesome Chrysler big block's excellent low end acceleration, you can rest assured the car's undercarriage is chock-full of some of the best performance hardware to ever make its way out of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Behind the big bore engine you'll find a freshly rebuilt A727 Torqueflite automatic which sends power to a correct 8.75 rear end. Naturally, the front torsion bar and rear leaf spring suspension has been completely restored and includes a rebuilt manual steering system, new eight leaf rear springs, and new shocks at every wheel. At the center of the car, a free flowing aluminized exhaust system sends spent gases through an H-pipe crossover to two chamber Turbo mufflers and traditional stainless turn downs. And at the corners of the car, new stainless brake lines and new brake hoses supply fully rebuilt factory drum brakes which sit behind painted steel wheels, pristine stainless center caps and correct 7.75x14 BF Goodrich Silvertown blue line tires. The car's restored floors have been coated in the same Turbine Bronze Metallic that you'll find on both its exterior panels and inner fenders; and everything from its new stainless fuel tank to its fresh stainless chassis bolts presents just as well as when it rolled out of the restoration shop.
This Plymouth's fender tag says it was originally equipped with an H1T Tan interior; and accordingly, it has been restored with a complete and correct Legendary kit that provides the kind of jaw-dropping good looks you just can't find in today's cars. The front and rear bench seats are firm and, despite being traditional muscle car vinyl, incorporate fabric pleats which provide an upscale, tailored appearance. At the bottom of those seats, new tan carpet is protected by stylish gray floor mats; and at the top of the seats, a tight tan headliner frames correct and fully functional courtesy lights. The car's pristine tri-tone dash hangs an intricate sweep-style speedometer beside factory correct radio and heater deletes. In front of the driver, a restored steering wheel spins a stylish red horn button above a chrome column shifter. At the sides of the seats, fresh door panels hang new armrests, new stainless trim and new chrome handles below correct Medium Gold door frames. And behind the cockpit, a fully restored trunk props a brand new mat below enough space to display virtually all of the 37 trophies Richard Petty nabbed in his famous '66 Belvedere stock car.
Included with the sale of this awesome Plymouth is two original owner's manuals, an original 1966 service manual, a binder full of 1966 Plymouth promotional material, an album of restoration photos, a small stack of restoration receipts, official Chrysler paperwork which includes a copy of the car's original build card, and Govier registration papers which include a breakdown of both the car's VIN and fender tag.
With a highly detailed restoration that was completed by expert builders, this awesome '66 HP II is about as close to original as a restored car can get. It's fast, comfortable, stylish, and when you take a minute to look at the quality of its workmanship, you realize that the cost of restoring it to this level is about twice what it takes to drive it out of our RK Motors Charlotte showroom. If you're in the market for some old school, investment grade muscle that will gain value while you're enjoying it for years to come, this broad shouldered Belvedere is just the car you've been looking for!