Street Hemi: 1966 Plymouth Satellite

1966 Plymouth Satellite

This Plymouth may not look very intimidating sitting there, but there’s a 425 horsepower 426 Hemi V8 under the hood! This thing is a serious sleeper and is claimed to have only covered 54k miles since new. The first owner was an American fighter pilot who ordered the car while in Germany. The fender tag is in German and there are kilometer markings on the speedometer. It was featured in Hot Rodding Magazine back in 1977 and appears to be in the same condition it was back then. It’s located in Coffee Springs, Alabama and is listed here on eBay with a $75k BIN and the option to place a bid.

426 Hemi

Unfortunately, the photos provided in the listing aren’t the best. You’d think that with a car so valuable, the seller could have taken the time to snap a few decent photos or at least paid someone else to do it. Oh well, I suppose the important bits are visible… It doesn’t really matter what body is wrapped it, it’s the 426 Hemi that people want. The seller claims that the car drives like new so this should be a blast to have around. I’d be afraid to drive it too much though because of how original it is. The seller claims that the only known replacement parts are the fuel tank and the oil pan!

Hot Rodding Article

Here’s a clipping of the Hot Rodding article the car appeared in. Notice the air dams sticking out underneath the front bumper. I wasn’t able to find any information about that option online, so maybe one of you can fill us in. Could this have been a European only thing or was it something that was fitted on Mopars here in the States too? Its German roots do make the car more interesting, but I’m not sure how much it adds to the value. The price tag may seem steep, but where else are you going to find a low-mileage Hemi-powered car like this for less?

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Comments

  1. flmkey

    I have seen this car on ebay a number of times…not sure if it’s the same dude trying to sell it or a flipper….very very nice car….

  2. Michael V.

    “She drove a Plymouth Satellite, at what must have been the speed of light.”

  3. JW454

    In 1974 I passed on a triple black 1967 GTX Hemi with very low miles for $800.00. That’s just one that I keep kicking myself over. The problem was that gas had shot up to about .69 cents a gallon so…. Too pricey to drive it. LOL

    I really like this one.

  4. Frankie

    For this price and the originality claimed prospective buyers should contact GTS, Galen will know about the car and for the price you’ll get peace of mind for this purchase.

    • Mark 'cuda man

      Frankie;
      I guess you haven’t heard. Galen Govier is out of business because he apparently has written a lot of documents on cars that were not true and accurate. I called his company several years ago to document my newly acquired 1970 Barracuda and it was a nightmare. His secretary took all my info and payment info then never got my calls returned and eventually they quit answering their phone. Big disappointment to say the least….

    • Steve B

      As far as I know Galen is probably still in business, but yeah very difficult to deal with IMO – it took them 6 months just to mail one of his little white books. MMC Detriot is the go-to get high dollar Mopars authenticated.

  5. Mitch

    The air dams are a new one on me. Being around Mopar B bodies for 30 years, I’m unaware of that being an option. We had a lady here some years back that had one of these, & she acted like it was the rarest most valuable car in the state.Until she took it into a local shop that specialized in Mopars & saw what he had. A Hemi GTX that less than 50 or so were built. She shut up & quit taking the car to shows after that.

  6. Luke Fitzgerald

    Jesse – I agree – outstanding photos – couldn’t have done better myself, after beers at a bbq

  7. Blindmarc

    A stock one of these would not beat a 1968 dart gts with a six pack.

    • Steve

      …and your point is???

    • moparedtn

      No such critter as a ’68 Dart with a Six Pack, at least factory built.

  8. Ric Parrish

    Blindmarc, do you mean a 440 six pack? That long stroke camper/garbagetruck engine wouldn’t get close to that Hemi. I guess people who didn’t get to experience a 426 Max Wedge, or Hemi have no idea what they missed.

  9. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    68 factory Dart with 6 pak or a Norm’s car ?…..I want some of what your smoking….

    • Blindmarc

      Didn’t say it was factory. But it ran 12’s with f70-14 tires, headers, the old Lakewood traction bars, and a cam.and that was in the late 70’s. Their were no street hemis where I grew up but there were, but there were 426 wedges, LS6
      Chevies, and maybe one A12 roadrunner that were all daddy bought cars.

  10. Richie C

    For some reason the 1966-67 hemi cars do not have near the interest of the 1968 and up cars. I have personally always preferred the earlier cars but I am definitely in the minority. I have had a similar car to this for sale for about 6 months with no serious interest and I did spend a little more time on the pics :).

    http://www.carbuffs.com/1967-Plymouth-GTX-Hemi-Concord%2C-CA-94520/5742315

    • Vince Habel

      L’m with you Ritchie

    • BMW/Tundra Guy

      That car is absolutely beautiful!!! I am not a big Mopar fan and this car doesn’t do much for me as far as body and interior goes. BUT, the ENGINE (NOT motor like far too many call it) is immaculate and the exhaust system is an absolute piece of art!!! Yeah, the exhaust system!!!! I’m thinking that system is custom built? Hope you find the correct new partner for this vehicle because it is too nice for just an “owner” to disrespect!!
      All of the above is IMHO!!!!

  11. Salt Man

    OK, I can help. I am the “German fighter pilot” who owned the car, back in Germany.
    It’s funny how stories take on a life of their own . . . my great uncle was a famous WWI German fighter pilot, he incidentally taught the Red Baron how to fly and had 43 “kills” himself, wearer of the Blue Max, etc.
    The car was part of Joe Hrudka’s (Mr. Gasket, etc.) collection in the1970s. When Hrudka decided to sell all his rare muscle cars and concentrate on ’57 Chevys (smart move), Bob Brandt, former crew chief for Shirley Muldowney, bought the car. I bought it from him in 1980, in the San Fernando Valley, for $7,000. Car had 23,000 miles on the odometer.
    I took the car with me to Germany, drove it on the street for 6 years, scared untold numbers of Porsche and BMWs at the stoplight Grand Prix, and then took the car back to the USA with me. Sold it to a collector in 1988 to buy a ’29 Ford Roadster with a blown 392. But that’s another story. The hand made front air dams were on the car when I got it. Not a factory option. Engine and trans were (are) matching numbers. Drove the wheels off of this car. Factory paint and interior. It changed hands many times since I sold it for $16K in ’88.

    • Dave Wright

      It sounds like you exported the car to Germany as a civilian? The story didn’t sound right to me…….when we (GI’s) bought new cars in Germany, they came through the base exchange and had all us specs. I bought a new Chrysler Lebaron in 1977, it came with the cattolitic converter in the trunk as unleaded fuel was not available in Europe yet. Did the TUV make you install the KPH speedometer and data plate? My lebaron had small hash marks on the speedometer showing a few KPH readings but I think they all did. It was during the time there was a push here in the US for the metric system. Great history……….

  12. Salt Man

    Burn out – fish market Hamburg, Germany, 1981
    I was 25 years old.

  13. Fin

    That’s nice but I’d spend the extra 20k and get this one already finished!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plymouth-Satellite-HEMI-RESTOMD-/191915721565

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