Apr 9, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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Space Age Classic: The Plymouth Satellite

1965 Plymouth Satellite

1965 Plymouth Satellite

When you are looking for a classic American car to add to your collection, you have to explore all of your options. There are many models that everyone thinks about right off the bat, but you may want to dig deeper if you want to expand your horizons.

Without question, there are some old-school models that fly under the radar, and the Plymouth Satellite is one of them.

I’m from the old days when you had to walk five miles to and from school in the snow, uphill both ways. Back in my day, the Plymouth division of Chrysler was a very viable entity. The first Plymouth was offered to the general public in 1928. The parent company wanted to be able to compete with Ford and General Motors in the lower-end marketplace, and Plymouth was created to fill this void.

As it turned out, the decision to create a lower-priced division was a very good one. The stock market crashed in 1929, and this led to the onset of the Great Depression. There was not a lot of money to be spent, and expensive cars were out of the question for many consumers.

The Plymouth division was exactly what Chrysler needed to stay afloat during these difficult economic times. By 1931 Plymouth was the third-highest-selling automotive brand in the United States.

Plymouth introduced the Satellite for the 1965 model year as the top trim package within the Belvedere line. It had a simple but sleek look and a sporty attitude, with a 273 cubic-inch V-8 as the standard engine. However, if you were looking for more power, you had options. There were four more powerful engines offered, with the kingpin being the 426 Commando.

During the initial model year of 1965, the Plymouth Satellite was offered in two different body styles: a two-door hardtop, and a two-door convertible. These cars are both hard to find these days, because production numbers were relatively modest. Plymouth produced over 23,000 hard tops, but there were just 1,860 ragtops produced.

I know that inflation takes its toll, but I am always kind of blown away when I read about the sticker prices of old cars. You could get a brand spanking new Plymouth Satellite convertible for just $2,827 in 1965.

The Plymouth Satellite remained in production through the 1974 model year, and the Plymouth division itself was dissolved in 2001. This car made its mark back in the day, and I would certainly take a long look if I was to see a ’65 convertible up for sale

 

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