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Sheriff’s Office Commuter: 1974 Satellite Plus


Don’t we all wish sellers knew more about the history of their wares? This 1974 Plymouth Satellite Plus is a breath of fresh air, since the seller knows all of the previous owners, both of whom worked for the local sherrif’s department in Washington State. It may have just over 10,000 original miles, too, if the condition is any evidence of such a claim. You can check it out here on craigslist where the seller is asking $6,300 for this survivor Satellite. 


At first glance, the paint does look pretty remarkable. The seller points out numerous qualities that could support a low-mileage claim, from the limited wear on the brake pedal pad to the cleanness of the door strikers, and no wear on the steering wheel. These are all generally good clues as to a car’s provenance, and the seller has also done some basic mathematics to figure out how far the original owners drove, commuting to the same place.


When the first owner was done, she sold it to a colleague at the same sheriff’s office. They must have been afraid of getting a ticket, since this Satellite looks like it was never abused. For a light-colored interior to still look this good is nothing short of amazing. The seller has done some basic mechanical work, most of it centered around getting the fuel system sorted out for reliable running.


The seats, likewise, look quite good and the backseat appears to have never been used. Equipped with a 318 V8 and an automatic, this was clearly the commuter special in the Satellite lineup. There’s no real rust to worry about, the seller says, and if the rest of the car is any indication, there should be relatively few surprises with this one. What do you think – does it still have a few commuting years left in it, or should it be retired to sunny day drives immediately?


  1. Another Bob

    As Beige as a car can be in every way.

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    • daCabbie

      It’s better than green…

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  2. Fred W.

    You could probably verify the mileage easily with a hands on exam. If truly 10K miles, quite a deal. But I would have some concern about the long periods of time that it sat, unless the previous owners had a known habit of taking it out once a month and driving it 19.3 miles (average per month over 43 years).


    ” Memories, from the corners of my mind”, but I digress, my best friend had one passed down to him. We cruised Port Huron Michigan for countless hours in this exact same car. We were just happy to have enough money to put gas in it. Man, life was so.simple then.

  4. DrinkinGasoline

    Is that a FM Converter lurking under the dash ?

    • Michael Slavitch

      Looks like a 1st generation radar detector.

  5. Mr. TKD

    I’ve always like these — there’s just something about those lines that just speak to me. I’d like to put a modern Hemi in it and drive the wheels off of it.

  6. HotRodRandy

    Knows the owners but not if the miles are actual? Got to love flippers! Nice Car nonetheless should be worth at least 3k.

  7. Luke Fitzgerald

    If its 110 – it’s a very easy 110 – weird rear quarters – be good to detail and drive or get the engine treatment

  8. Joe Haska

    Sure its a flipper, but if it is as good as looks, it could be fun, and great transportation! Seller says he will take offers.

  9. CelestialGryphon

    I like it. It seems…familiar to me for some reason.

  10. Bryan

    My Dad bought a brand new 74 Sebring Plus; white interior, white paint, and white vinyl top.

    His car was loaded, and included bucket seats, console, and magnum/rallye wheels. I remember it as a very nice car, though he only had it a couple of years….his 2nd wife got it in the divorce.

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