If you’re into cool cars, you’ve probably heard about the Plymouth Belvedere. It all started back in 1951 when Plymouth introduced a sleek two door car called the Belvedere. It wasn’t just any car; it was a response to other famous cars like the Chevrolet Bel Air and Ford Victoria.
As time went on, the Belvedere became its own thing by 1954. From the mid-1960s to the late 1960s, it was Plymouth’s go to midsize car, giving us iconic models like the Satellite, GTX, and Road Runner.
And guess what? The Belvedere also took on the big leagues in the full size market from 1954 to 1961.
How the Design Got Stylish
In 1955, the Belvedere got a whole new look, thanks to a design language called the “Forward Look” by Virgil Exner. This cool design paved the way for an even bolder redesign in 1957, making the Belvedere a big hit with over 200,000 units sold.
This was the time when the Fury came into the scene, initially as part of the Belvedere family in 1956 before becoming its own model in 1959.
The early Fury models were all about looking fancy with beige and gold anodized aluminum trim, giving them that touch of automotive elegance.
A Peek at the 1958 Belvedere with a Dash of Fury
Now, let’s fast forward to today and check out a restored 1958 Plymouth Belvedere. This beauty, restored in the 1990s, shines in its original Royal Red glory.
It’s not a Fury, but it has some Fury elements, like 1957 Fury inserts on the rear fenders, rear wheel skirts, and carefully applied pinstripes.
The front hood and trunk lid have pinstripe designs that take us back to the 1930s hot rod era, and there are dual antennas for that touch of nostalgia. Inside, the seats and door panels feature 1958 Fury fabric inserts, adding a cool red vibe to the classic black and chrome interior.
Surprise! What’s Under the Hood?
But here’s the real surprise what’s under the hood of this Belvedere? While we don’t know the original factory specs, the current engine is a powerful 361-cubic-inch (that’s 5.9 liters!) big-block V8.
What makes this surprising is that back in 1958, Plymouths didn’t originally come with a 361 V8. The available engines ranged from a 230-cubic-inch inline-six to a strong 350-cubic inch V8, which was the top choice with 305 horsepower.
The 361-cubic-inch V8 in this Belvedere is a true Mopar powerhouse, essentially a 350 with a larger bore. Both engines belong to the iconic B-block lineup introduced in 1958.
Even though the 361 wasn’t originally a Plymouth engine, it made a cameo appearance until 1959, offering a modest power boost to 305 horsepower and a torque increase from 370 to 395 pound-feet.
A Cool Restoration that Respects the Past
What makes this Belvedere special is how it integrates the unexpected 361-cubic-inch V8 without trying to be something it’s not. The restoration is like a tribute to Plymouth’s history, combining style and power in just the right way.
If you’re a fan of classics that stand out without losing their authentic charm, this Belvedere shows us how it’s done.
In a world where vintage cars often go through extreme changes, the 1958 Plymouth Belvedere is proof that sometimes, subtlety is the key. Check out the video below to get a closer look at this automotive gem and let the timeless charm of the Belvedere capture your imagination once again.
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