Pick of the Day: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II

The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8
The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8

The Pick of the Day is a classic piece of big-block Mopar muscle, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II hardtop that looks like it just rolled off a ’60s drag strip. Powered by a 440cid V8 with performance tweaks, and its body and interior in stock trim, this Plymouth looks ready to blow the doors off all comers.

The midsize Belvedere has a great look for a no-nonsense performance car, with its razor-sharp body design and stark roofline. The unadorned style only adds to the implied message of massive power lurking within. Continue reading

Mopar performance muscles in at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This restored 1963 Dodge  330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos
This restored 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos

‘You don’t usually see these kinds of muscle cars here.”

That was the comment from a passerby at RM Sotheby’s auction as she walked by a group of vintage Mopar performance machines at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where the sale is being held.

Big pre-war classics and high-end sports cars are what come to mind at RM Sotheby’s, although the Arizona auction generally features a fairly wide range of collector cars. Still, a solid contingent of mighty 1960s muscle cars is somewhat unexpected in such polite society. Those more likely are found headlining the boisterous Barrett-Jackson or Russo and Steele auctions, both of which specialize in American ground pounders. Continue reading

Mecum opens Kissimmee with muscle-flexing weekend

1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos
1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos

Muscle cars were what bidders wanted during the opening weekend of Mecum Auctions’ huge sale at Kissimmee, Florida, where a 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible led the “sold” parade, hammering at $230,000 (Mecum does not include buyers’ premium fees in its price reporting). Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback

The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif
The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif

Plymouth Barracudas have the distinction of being produced for exactly one decade to the day (April 1, 1964 to April 1, 1974), with the third and last generation of ‘Cudas becoming best-known among muscle car collectors.

The Pick of the Day is from the final year of the second generation, a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback, all dressed in red, from its body to its interior to its red-line tires. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, private seller describes it in the ClassicCars.com ad as a true H-code car powered by a high-performance 383 V8 as well as a Formula S car with improved handing. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1970 Plymouth GTX

Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos
Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos

I bought this 1970 Plymouth GTX through ClassicCars.com in 2010. It meant something to me because in 1978 I had almost the identical car that was borrowed — without permission — by my then brother-in-law, only to find itself in a collision with a bus. Continue reading

My Classic Car: George’s 1964 Plymouth Barracuda

Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine
Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine

I got a text message from a buddy of mine in Bowman, North Dakota, and he asked me if I knew anybody that would be interested in a 1964 Plymouth Barracuda. Naturally, I asked for some more information about it.

Now this buddy of mine is in his late 50s and he said his mom had a friend that had a daughter that had a ’64 Barracuda and she needed to sell it. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible

1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia
1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia

Plymouth’s full-size Fury was clothed with new, wider and longer sheet metal for the 1969 model year and, notes The Standard Catalog of American Cars, was available in — count ’em — 17 models and five series.

The series were Fury I, II and III, Sport Fury and VIP. Fury I was your basic full-size car, available as a 214.5-inch-long sedan or 219.1-inch station wagon. Fury II added brightwork trim as well as a coupe architecture and a station wagon with third-row seating. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Plymouth Fury

1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop is located in Hawaii
1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop is located in Hawaii

Here’s a seller who wants his 1964 Plymouth Fury to go to a good home, especially to someone who appreciates vintage Mopars. The asking price is $3,500 for this 1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop.

Note that the car is located in Honolulu, but the advertisement on ClassicCars.com says that transport of the vehicle to either Long Beach, Oakland or Seattle/Tacoma can be arranged for just $1,100. Continue reading

Major Mopar muscle powers onto Mecum auction block

The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda raced by the Sox and Martin team dominated the drag strip
The Sox & Martin team 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda dominated Pro Stock competition | Mecum Auctions photos

Mopar fanatics will have much to cheer about as 30 vintage Hemis and at least 10 Dodge Vipers cross the block during Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 in Indianapolis.

A pair of street-performance Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hardtops from 1970 and a ’71, and a pair of ‘Cuda drag racers from 1971 and 1968, will lead the Mopar muscle parade, joining an expected 2,000 collector cars offered during Mecum’s flagship sale. One of the quarter-mile champs is valued into the seven figures. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe custom woodie

The custom wood trim on the 1950 Plymouth coupe looks good enough to be original
The custom wood trim on the 1950 Plymouth coupe looks good enough to be original

Woodies are cool. Whether you’re talking about ’60s surfer life, custom street rods or classic country-club culture, nostalgia for wood-bodied cars makes them a mainstay for car collectors. Beautiful examples tend to carry exclusive price tags.

That’s why it was so nice to find the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe with custom wood trim, priced under $24,000. No, there was no wood-bodied Plymouth coupe produced in 1950 – only some station wagons wore wood, and 1950 was the final year – but the professional-looking woodwork on this coupe looks original enough that you might believe there actually was one. Continue reading