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73 trans am

what are the production numbers on a 73 trans am without the screaming chicken decals,i read the decals were optional but ive seen 73 TA`S without decals like in the movie EYE FOR A EYE staring Chuck Norris

The Hood Bird is the only Decal that is an option , all the "Trans Am " decals are standard , there are No Production #s on " No Bird" TAs

4 months ago
gary's hobbie Historical 1969-1969 Plymouth - Road Runner

Roadrunner 1969 convertible triple black

Hi Richard, my name is Kathy and I have a 1969 convertible triple black all numbers matching car. Just wondering, It is a 383 car, automatic, how many were triple black? is it a fairly rare car? Thank you!

Kathy-

I thought everybody knew by now this was one of my hot-button issues. The answer: ZERO. Even if, perchance, you are referring to Plymouth Road Runners, nobody knows, because said data was simply not compiled, but if I were a betting man, I’d say around 2% of production ragtops were 3X black. Rare!

Rick

6 months ago
Woody's 75 Shop Historical 1975-1975 Plymouth - Valiant

1975 Production Numbers

Richard,
I love your column and answers! My father owned a small Chrysler/Plymouth dealership when I was young so I have always loved Mopars, although I’ve never tried to restore any of them. I recently purchased a 1975 Valiant Brougham 2-door with a 318 engine, auto trans. and very few other options. I’ve decoded the fender tag and broadcast sheet and everything seem to be original except the tires and rims (15 inch). I do have the original wire rim wheel covers. My 2 questions: Can you tell me how many 2-door Valiant Broughams were produced in ‘75 and how many came with 318 engines? Also, I can’t find broadcast sheet codes S12, V61, and W86?

Thanks,

Woody

Woody-

Unfortunately, I don’t have production numbers for your car, if I had to guess, I’d say a few thousand, probably half with the 318. Just a guess!

S12 indicates “standard” suspension
V6"X" is a vinyl roof, but the third character should be a letter for a color. Might be a typo.
W86 is 14 X 5.5" wheels

Rick

8 months ago
Jim Wood Mopar Historical 1962-1979 Plymouth

69 RR owner search

Richard, is it possible in North Carolina with a vin number to know who was the first owner? I purchased a RR in 69 new and I might be able to get it back. A friend is trying to help with getting the now owners information. I now live in Alabama. Doe’s Chrysler keep that kind of records? I will have the vin soon I hope.

Jim-

No records of “current owner” were kept back then (by the factory); there was no law requiring them to even TRY to maintain such records.

Current DMV privacy laws in most states are working against you, too, plus many DMVs purge records after “X” years (in NY is is five).

The only hope is real gumshoe work: First, obviously, see if the glove box has any papers (bill of sale, Monroney label, etc.) Failing that, ask the seller whom he bought it from and work backwards. There are online services that, for a few bucks, will track individuals (not cars) and provide contact info, criminal histories, relatives, etc. This is actually scary…

Rick

8 months ago

64 fury convertible with 426 street wedge and max wedge engines

I like to know how many Fury’s convertibles in 1964 did Plymouth build with the 426 street/max wedge?

Doug-

I only have data on the S/S and Hemis. Most believable is:

Fury MW conv – 0
Sport Fury MW conv – 2
Fury race Hemi Conv – 0
Sport Fury race Hemi conv – 0

Data, however, is sketchy. A guesstimate, probably between 50 and 100 Fury And S/Fury street 426 ragtops.

Rick

12 months ago

1965 Chrysler New Yorker- Motor package

I’m looking to get in the car and drive 2 hours to look at a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker with a “factory optioned 413 cu in motor” I never heard of a 413 and if it is legit – what kind of base horse power was it.

Chuck-

That was the standard (and only) New Yorker engine from 1959 thru 1965. 340 advertised HP most years. It was the first RB engine and continued as an industrial engine for many years. Very beefy and reliable.

Bore was increased (somewhat different cylinder block) in 1966, at that point displacement went to 440 CID.

Rick

about 1 year ago
Northern collector Historical 1972-1972 Plymouth - Road Runner

1972 Plymouth Road Runner 400, 3 speed

I’m looking if anyone would have any specs on how many 1972 Plymouth Road Runner 400, 3 speeds might have been made. If it means anything, it has a bench seat instead of the buckets. All Original yet.

Brad-

I will assume you mean 3-speed MANUAL trans.

There were 1,433 built with the standard 400-4 and A230 fully synchronized, side-loader 3-speed manual transmission.

Rick

about 1 year ago
Motorland Historical 1966-1966 Plymouth - Satellite

Documentation and engine verification of a 1966 Plymouth Satellite

I have a 1966 Plymouth satellite with a 426 street wedge hemi motor. I have a few questions about the engine verification numbers. there is a 9 digit number located on the radiator support, #7L2802224. I am curious if this will verify anything about the car. I have broken down the VIN code, and it matches out to a 426 street wedge with the 4-speed manual. I do not believe it is the same motor that came with the car, however, this car ran quarters when new. I have a feeling the motor blew, and since it was still under warranty from Chrysler, they put a correct engine in. I would like to know if there is anything I can do to prove this. Thanks for reading, Josiah C.

Josiah-

One of us is confused! The 426-S (wedge) was discontinued after 1965.

The SO number you quote can be tied to the VIN via the data plate, the NICB, or Chrysler Historical.

If it is an original 426 Hemi, the 5th digit of the VIN should be “H”;There’s nothing in the VIN that indictes the transmission. Assuming a true Hemi car, under “AB” on the date plate should be “73”.

The VIN was not on the engine in 1966. If the engine were replaced, the cast date of the block could be later than the car’s build date, but all other components should be earlier than that date (carbs, all 3 manifolds, and a zillion other parts).

Rick

about 1 year ago

Best Impala

What year and model of the Impala do you consider to be the best Impala ever made?

Hi Bayard,

First of all, we appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us to find the information you are looking for. We hope we can provide you with a suitable answer.

This question, as you know, is a very subjective question. You could ask 10 different people and more than likely you would get 10 different answers. However, I think for me personally, the earlier iterations of of the Impala are the “best”. As you stated in your question, the 1958 Impala was a game changer because it was the first version of the classic car. The ‘58 boasted chrome decoration with sculpted fenders, Chevy’s first dual headlamps, and triple tail-lamps. It was originally introduced as the top of the line Bel-Air with a few different engine options as well.

The ‘59 Impala is probably the most drastically different version of the car stylistically. That year it became it’s own standing model without the Bel Air tag. It was two inches longer in length, had a rear “bat-wing” lid and “cat eye” sideways teardrop tail lights that were only found on the 59. That year Chevy also added a four-dour hardtop and a four-door sedan. Take a look at some pictures of the ’59 online. They are a completely different car then the other versions of the Impala.

The 1961 Impala may be the most influential version (and possibly the answer to your question). That year Chevy introduced the SS (Super Sport) badge and the 409 engine, thus essentially making the first “muscle car”. The ’61 SS came with knock-off wheel covers, heavy-duty springs and shocks, metallic brake linings, a padded instrument panel, and a Sun 7,000-rpm tachometer. The SS came with either a 348 cubic inch V8 or the 409-cubic-inch V8 that could hit 60 mph in seven seconds and 360 hp.

I hope this answers your question or at least gives you some kind of background so that you can decide on which one you like best. As I stated before, I don’t think there is a wrong answer to this question but these are just my thoughts on it. Good luck on your project and again, thank you for consulting MyClassicGarage for your automotive history question.

about 1 year ago

Production Numbers

Do you happen to know or have access to the production numbers on V6 Firebirds in 1980? I just picked up a nice (though not quite perfect) 22000 mile Fiero Bronze one, basic car other than vinyl, A/C, and Rallies, everything else is bottom option. I got to thinking that I have come across maybe 2 other cars with the V6 in the years I’ve been dealing with them and wondered how many were made, maybe I’ve got something valuable here since it is an unmolested car. Thanks!

Sorry No Value, although rare and not many were made, there is just no desire from collectors for this car, thanks, Rick McLaughlin

over 1 year ago
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