Introducing the 1966 Plymouth Satellite: A Hemi-Powered Legend

A New Era Begins in 1965

The Plymouth Satellite, launched in 1965, quickly became the flagship model in the mid-size Belvedere lineup. This car marked a new chapter in automotive performance and style, especially with the introduction of the legendary Hemi engine in 1966.

The Powerhouse: Chrysler’s Hemi 426ci V8

In 1966, Plymouth unveiled the Satellite with Chrysler’s iconic ‘Hemi’ 426ci (7.0-liter) V8 engine. This engine, known as the ‘Street Hemi,’ added around $1,000 to the base price, but it was worth every penny. Officially, the engine was rated at 425 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 490 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, though enthusiasts often believed these numbers were understated.

Blistering Performance

With the Hemi under the hood, the Satellite’s performance was nothing short of extraordinary. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and complete the standing quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 104 mph. These stats solidified the Satellite’s reputation as a true muscle car.

Built for Speed: Enhanced Features

The Hemi Satellite wasn’t just about raw power; it came equipped with several performance-enhancing features. The heavy-duty suspension and Police-grade 11-inch drum brakes ensured that the car could handle its immense power and deliver a safe, stable ride.

A Rare Gem in the Automotive World

Only 848 Satellite Hemis were produced in 1966, making this model exceptionally rare. Of these, 534 were equipped with the optional automatic three- or four-speed transmission, adding to their desirability among collectors and enthusiasts. The 1966 Plymouth Satellite Hemi remains a prized possession, a symbol of American automotive excellence, and a testament to an era of unparalleled performance.

Photo Source: RM Sotheby’s

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