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From The Tom Haag Estate Collection

1966 Plymouth Satellite Hemi Hardtop

  • No-expense-spared body-off-the-frame restoration
  • Rare H-Code 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 engine
  • TorqueFlite automatic transmission and 3.23 Sure Grip rear axle
  • Believed to be 1 of just 2 built with this combination
  • Highly documented with the original broadcast sheet, Galen Govier decode paperwork, and letter from the Chrysler Historical Services
  • Custom built, correct-component 426 Hemi, documented by motor build specs and dyno sheets
  • Premium Satellite interior with bucket seats and console

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Plymouth was Chrysler Corporation’s entry-level brand and in 1966 you could buy a compact Valiant or a full-size family sedan in the Fury family. In between was the Belvedere group of mid-size cars. Offered in three trim levels: Series I consisted of basic sedans and a wagon, Series II offered a full range of models for the modern family, and then there was the sporty and somewhat elegant Satellite. Introduced in 1965, Satellites were offered in just two-door hardtop and convertible form and featured amenities such as bucket seats, center-shift console with or without tachometer, a selection of steering wheels, special wheel covers and so much more. On the performance side, the 273-cid V-8 engine was standard with several larger V-8s as options. But for the performance-minded, there was the mighty H-Code 426-cubic-inch Hemi V-8. 1966 was the first time that Plymouth had coded the factory-installed engine in the car’s serial number and, that year, H was for Hemi.

This beautiful Satellite two-door hardtop came out of the Pacific Northwest and entered Thomas Haag’s Toy Box in early 2015. Stunning in every way, this powerful Plymouth had been treated to a no-expense-spared top-shelf restoration. Finished in show-quality Light Blue Metallic, its original color, it included a base coat and clear coat with the same care given to the undercarriage as the exposed body panels. All chrome and bright trim work was restored or replaced, again to show-car quality. Interior appointments were brought up to new-car standards with premium color-coordinated vinyl coverings, bright chrome work, and fresh gauges.

Extensive research was completed and a copy of the original IBM order card for this car was obtained from Chrysler Historical Services. The original fender tag confirms the Light Blue Metallic finish, as well as other items such as the interior, accessories, and the drivetrain which are very important to this car’s heritage. Seeking perfection in the build, this mighty engine was sent to Moffitt & Bratton Racing Engines in Boise, Idaho, where it was equipped with the highest quality parts such as Diamond Pistons, a custom ground Erson cam, Edelbrock Performer carburetors, Wes King racing heads, and much more, all recorded in extensive detail on the included copies of the worksheets. After the engine was completed, it was sent to The Dyno Shop in nearby Nampa, Idaho where, with proper tuning, they were able to coax a reading over 479 HP at 5,000 RPM, producing nearly 484 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM. After the engine was completed, it was mated to the 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission with power sent to the rear wheels via the 3.23 Sure Grip rear axle. Magnum 500 style wheels are fitted with what appears to be a vintage set of blue-line tires and really set the theme for power, performance, and presence. With so much concentration paid to its performance, other accessories were kept to a minimum including the basic push-button AM radio and standard heater-defroster. Also included is a matching spare tire with factory jack and wrench, plus the owner’s manual, an album chronicling the build and testing of the Hemi-head V-8, receipts, publications, and two original broadcast forms. Acquired by Thomas Haag in 2015, as with the entire collection, this 1966 Satellite has been maintained in turnkey, ready-to-go condition and will present the new owner with opportunities to enjoy and share one of the finest Mopar muscle machines on the face of the planet.

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