This 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II resto-mod is one of those cars that you didn't expect to love. You wouldn't have picked it in a million years, but now that you've seen it, you probably won't be able to stop thinking about it. With a 408 stroker motor, cool stance, great paint, and an updated interior, it preserves the essence of Mopar's cool '60s vibe while injecting it with a massive dose of 21st century performance. The result is intoxicating.
The two-tone black and white color combination is timeless. We love the way it accentuates the cantilever roof treatment and the long strip of trim down the side makes this Belvedere look a mile long. Finish quality is quite good, with sharp gaps, nice bodywork, and an OEM look that will make everyone do a double-take when they hear it run. A few swirls are inevitable in the black paint, but a good coat of wax should eliminate most of them, and we love the simple, no-nonsense look of the Belvedere. All the factory trim remains in place, there are no hood scoops, stripes, or wings, just one of Chrysler's better designs that wasn't too weird nor was it too anonymous. This is a low-profile car that gets a ton of attention. The factory grille looks great, the bumpers shine up well, and all the glass is in great shape, including that rounded rear window that is probably unobtainium today.
The interior keeps it fairly stock, starting with factory bench seats that make this cruiser old-school comfortable. Buckets and a console are fine, but this car is all about comfort and stretching out, and it still delivers the horsepower if that's what you need. A custom 3-spoke steering wheel is your first indication that this isn't a garden-variety car, and gorgeous gauges from Classic Instruments were cleverly integrated into the dash in such a way that they almost look OEM. There's an AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo in the center, right where it's always been, and a trick B&M shifter on the transmission tunnel, so it has a racy feel from the driver's seat. Fresh carpets and door panels add to the finished look and like the exterior, everyone is going to look a little closer when they notice the subtle upgrades. Even the trunk is properly finished with a reproduction plaid mat that fits well.
The engine is a 408 cubic inch V8 that's based on a 360 block. Inside, you'll find a SCAT forged crank, Keith Black pistons, a custom cam, and an Edelbrock intake manifold on top. MDS supplied controls for both the fuel injection and the ignition, so it starts easily and runs beautifully with no hiccups or tuning required, just nail it and go. It's beautifully finished under the hood, offering an OEM sensibility that doesn't go too far with the flash. An aluminum radiator, serpentine belt drive system, and modern power brakes and power steering make it act like a modern car, so it's never fussy. A GM 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission handles the shifts and allows it to cruise at a relaxed pace on the highway. 4-wheel disc brakes, long-tube headers with Flowmaster mufflers, and a beefy 8.75-inch rear end ensure that this car never acts its age. As you can see, it's super clean underneath and the stance is just about perfect thanks to those polished Torque Thrust wheels and staggered 215/60/16 front and 225/70/16 rear General radials.
Documented with build receipts and photos, plus an extensive binder of information on the contents of the car, this is a Mopar you can buy with confidence and drive every day. Call now!