BF AUCTION: 54k Mile 1963 Plymouth Belvedere

This Belvedere has all the signs of having spent much of its life as a little old ladies grocery getter. It has seen 54k miles, has a few parking lot dents and dings, but is otherwise clean and unmodified. The seller is it’s second owner, having purchased it from the little old lady that had been using it to run errands in from new. It has recently been treated to a full tune-up and is ready for a new owner to jump in it and drive! If you’d love to give this survivor a new home, you can find it in Gilford, New Hampshire and you can bid below.

We’ve seen plenty of cars that the seller states as being grandmother’s grocery getter or Sunday driver, but what does that really mean? Yes, it’s a bit of a cliche that conjures the idea that the car was used sparingly, well maintained, and wasn’t driven hard or raced. For us, it also means that you can expect to find a little body damage from parking lot encounters and possible run-ins with the sides or end of the small garages many older homes have. And all of those things do seem to apply with this Mopar. Clearly, the first owner didn’t drive it frequently enough to put an ample amount of miles on it, but they definitely used it regularly enough to acquire a few bruises.

The interior is in need of a good cleaning and the front seat is going to need a new cover to really look its best. The rest of the interior looks like it would clean up extremely well though and lacks the kind of wear we would expect to see if the car had 154k or more miles. Be sure to take a look at the photos of the interior and dash in the gallery below. Especially take a look at the gauges, which feature the kind of font only Plymouth could get away with.

The engine is the tried and true inline-six. The 225 cui six won’t be blowing the barn doors off, but it’s plenty for cruising. It’s an absolutely bulletproof engine and this one is said to be in great running condition. The seller installed a fresh battery and gave it a full tune-up. They note that it has an exhaust leak and a small crack in the manifold. While the optional 383 would offer more thrust, you really can’t go wrong with this engine.

If you want a big comfortable cruiser, this is a great option! The body styling is fantastic, the push-button transmission is slick, and you have plenty of room to bring the whole family or your friends. It needs some detailing and some cosmetic work, but you can hop in, turn the key, and go.

  • Location: Gilford, New Hampshire
  • Mileage: 54,800
  • Title: Clean

 

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Comments

  1. Kenneth Carney

    One of my neighbors had a Dodge 330
    that was very similar to the Plymouth
    shown here. It may not have the fastest
    thing on the road, but it has a sense of
    style that makes you wanna buy it. If
    you’re looking for a ride that’ll set you
    apart from anything out there now, here
    it is! And as our writer says, the 225 is
    almost bulletproof and so is the tranny.
    If you know someone who is hard on a
    car, put them in this one. Guaranteed
    they’ll be driving it a good long while.

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  2. Bob C.

    Something about the 1963 to 65 Plymouths I’ve always liked. When I was a kid, I had blue 1964 Richard Petty model, number 43 included.

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  3. Kenneth Carney

    Had one too Bob. Mine was a ’64 Belvedere made by Jo Han Models. It
    was the only way I could get a 2 door HT. My neighbor had a real one for sale
    but his stepson ran it into the ground.
    Not enough there to make it worth my
    while. But I DID buy his ’63 Belvedere
    wagon for $175, fixed the rear springs,
    put duals on the 318, and sold it for $650. Wasn’t the hardtop I wanted, but
    I did make a nice profit.

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  4. Bob C.

    Jo Han Models. OMG I forgot about that brand, and I built MANY of them. I think mine was too, because it wasn’t AMT, MPC, and most certainly not Revell (they were the most challenging).

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  5. George Louis Member

    Two things about this 63 Plymouth. No radio and no driver side outside rear view mirror. I guess there is no upcharge for the silver duck tape on the frontseat surface. Also, see the extra scissors jack in the trunk. Who gets the buyers premium that is charged?

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    • Ed P

      What year were drivers side mirrors required?

      • Bill-W

        Driver’s side mirrors were mandatory with the 1965 models.

        Never owned a 1960’s B body car, although I had a 1/25th scale Coronet 500 model, plus a 1962 Fury and 1962 Dart 440. Still have a soft spot for the 1962-64 B bodies.

        Had two slant six Valiants – 1963 and 1965 (think Dart). Being Canadian their electrical / ignition bits were made by Prestolite in Sarnia, ON. Never had problems with the ignition – just leaky windshields that would fog up if the heater was not hot enough.

        Made for some interesting driving through round-a-bouts.

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      • Will Irby

        My ’65 Barracuda was born without side mirrors, and still doesn’t have any.

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  6. Matt in L.A.

    I love the ’63 Plymouths. One of my favorites. I had a friend with a ’63 Belvedere Wagon when we were in High School. If this one was a coupe and a V8, I might bite. She’s a honey though. The convertible version is a dream car for me (ie..the yellow one that showed up in a few MGM action films of the 60’s! Marlowe, The Power)

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  7. Robert White

    I grew up with a Plymouth Fury slant six four door as a kid in the 60s. Remember these well as driving around in the back seat as a youngster was a memory of cigarette smoke and car sickness. Additionally, our Fury stalled out on rainy days when the car was turning left in intersections. I distinctly remember the engine stalling in intersections on rainy days.

    Extremely bad ignition systems on these cars IMHO. The only redeeming feature was the push button transmission linkage. I still have the original radio from my dad’s 63 Plymouth Fury four door as he had it taken out and put into his new 1971 Ford Maverick after the Fury was sold for $100.00 CDN at the 8 year mark.

    Take a good look at the peeling chrome on the bumpers of these 63s.

    Bob

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  8. Connecticut Mark

    Got one for free with 383 in 1996, thought it was ugly but today great and had cold air, thought I could flip for 1000.00 , no knee wanted, sold for engine for 200.00 . Terrible feeling now.

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  9. Jay

    Connecticut

    Live and learn I guess

    These cars were everywhere in the day

    Now it’s like George Jetson or something with that dash board

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  10. Kenneth Carney

    Built a lot of kits too Bob. As a kid, I
    couldn’t wait til September when the new cars came out. That way, I could
    be the first kid on my block with all the
    new car kits! My room looked like a new
    car dealership! Usta take that Glow Globs glow in the dark modeling clay and put some into the headlight buckets
    before I put the lenses in, let ’em sit in a
    lighted room all day, and presto! Instant
    working headlamps! Before someone
    ratted me out, I’d charge the other guys
    a quarter to make their headlamps “work”. Lotsa fun back then. To the
    gentleman who said he had ignition issues with 60s era Mopars, I didn’t
    have any issues like that til ’72 when Dad bought a Fury 1 wagon from the
    City as surplus. Nine times out of ten,
    the engine’s own vibration would cause
    the ignition module to unplug itself. As
    for the flooding carbs, I think I fixed the
    problem by adjusting my throttle linkage. Can’t recall what I did, but it
    fixed the problem. And if you wanna extract more ponies from your slant 6,
    go to the Power Nation video stream on
    YouTube. They have a video there that
    shows you how to build one honkin’
    slant 6 that’ll keep up with even today’s
    modern cars. Who says you need a
    thumpin V-8 when a little bit of ingenuity
    will do.

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  11. Mike

    Always loved he front end on these! I went car shopping with my Dad and Grandmother in ’62 and it came down to a Belvedere V8 coupe or the new ’63 Dodge Dart. They had a cabinet full of 1/25 scale JoHan promo cars and you could have one with each car purchase. I chose a blue Fury convertible and she decided on a new beige Dodge Dart. That was the last car she bought and my Dad sold it after she passed. However I still have my Plymouth Fury” along with about 40 other promo cars I acquired over the years!! My father built me a huge display cabinet when my little brother decided it was fun to smash them… He only got a couplešŸ˜‚ That cabinet and cars are one of my most cherished possessions!šŸ¤“

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  12. George Mattar

    I got a beige 63 identical to this from my grandmother in 1976. It was totally reliable. I ran retreads on it and barely changed the oil as I was broke making $110 a week before taxes. We did adjust the solid lifters in the slant six. I lived in the snow belt of Pennsylvania and it never got stuck. More reliable than any POS built today. Drove it to NYC for rock concerts. Every day car. Had it til 79. Sold it for $100.

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  13. Nelson Conner

    My first car was a 63 9 passenger station wagon with the push button tranny. Loved that car. Wish I still had it

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  14. deak E Stevens

    Looks like its had radiator problems .radiator rust all over the engine

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  15. Larry Ashcraft

    The first car my wife bought with her own money was a beige ’63 Savoy four door with a 318 and three speed manual. Didn’t even have a radio, but she made the dealer install one before she bought it. That car was way quicker than it had a right to be! I think it would have taken my 1960 Thunderbird with 300 HP 352 and manual overdrive transmission. Must have weighed almost nothing.

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    • Bob C.

      Those 352s were good solid engines, but I have heard complaints about them being sluggish for their displacement.

  16. Peterws

    Cool car, but is the actual mileage 154k or 54k?

  17. PatrickM

    Well, I’m gonna lay my pet peeve on ya’ll: Why aren’t there more pics? Only one underside pic. As so many others have said, “If you wanna sell it, ya gotta show it.” However, for this baby being 57 years old, it’s really not in too bad of condition. I even like the colors. If I had the money and place to keep it, I’d bid. But, I do think the reserve is too high. GLWTS&P.

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