582 Hemi Powered! 1967 Plymouth Belvedere

One look at the enormous hood scoop suggests there might be more to this 1967 Plymouth Belvedere than meets the eye. Thankfully, looks aren’t deceptive because lurking below the sleek panels and sparkling paint is a Hemi that promises exhilarating performance. Its presentation is hard to fault, making it ideal for an enthusiast seeking a turnkey classic with genuine muscle credentials. The Plymouth is listed here on Craigslist in Hudson, New Hampshire. The seller set their price at $75,000, and I must say a big thank you to Barn Finder Mitchell G. for spotting this beautiful Belvedere.

Plymouth updated the styling of its existing Belvedere range in 1965 to provide a fresh and clean appearance. However, with its dimensions unchanged, it remained the company’s intermediate offering. It remained little changed during the subsequent two years before being replaced by a new model with more pronounced Coke-bottle styling in 1968. Our feature car rolled off the line in 1967 and is a frame-off custom build finished in dazzling Silver. The seller only supplies two exterior shots, which is disappointing for a car of this caliber. They paint a positive picture, displaying sparkling paint and laser-straight panels. It is unclear when the build occurred, but the overall presentation suggests it hasn’t seen much action since the process ended. There are no visible paint or panel defects or signs or mention of rust. The chrome sparkles nicely, and the glass is crystal clear. The vintage Cragar wheels aren’t original but are period-correct for this classic. The builder created this Belvedere as a tribute to the legendary “Silver Bullet” 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX that prowled the Detroit streets during the late 1960s. Thankfully, they elected to give it the muscle to do that car justice.

Ironically, the GTX known as the “Silver Bullet” started life as a Medium Blue Chrysler test mule. The company wanted to establish its muscle credentials on the street, creating a Hemi-powered street racer. This Belvedere pays homage to that legend, with its engine bay housing a Hemi powerplant. This motor looks like a typical street Hemi with the iconic chrome air cleaner and “426” decals, but don’t be fooled because this engine is anything but average. It features an OEM-style dual-quad setup that feeds air and fuel to a 582ci monster built by Indy Cylinder Head in Xenia, Ohio. Its specifications are unclear, but it is fair to expect that it churns out more than the 425hp and 490 ft/lbs of torque buyers received from the factory. There is no point in having mountains of power if the car can’t effectively apply it to the tarmac. Therefore, the creator equipped this classic with an A833 four-speed manual transmission, a 4.10 Dana 60 Posi rear end, and “Drag Pack” suspension upgrades similar to those used on the original “Silver Bullet.” There were never any official figures confirming how fast that car was beyond a claimed 10-second pass on the street, but this one might be a close match. This Belvedere hasn’t undergone the weight-saving process Chrysler performed on the “Silver Bullet” with its fiberglass panels. Still, modern engineering techniques suggest its Hemi may produce more power than the 487ci monster that occupied the “Silver Bullet’s” engine bay. Disappointingly, the lack of information supplied by the seller extends to the car’s mechanical health. However, the indication is that it should be a turnkey proposition.

This Belvere’s interior continues the custom touches, and apart from a factory radio, the focus was on spotless presentation and outright performance. The original seats have made way for lighter Super Street-style buckets trimmed in Red vinyl. The painted surfaces and carpet share a similar shade, while the driver monitors the Hemi’s health via a set of AutoMeter gauges mounted in a custom aluminum fascia. The leather sports wheel should feel excellent and purposeful in the driver’s hands, and the pistol grip shifter ensures accurate cog swapping. As with the rest of the car, there is nothing inside this car worth criticizing. Its presentation is excellent, ensuring it gains positive comments from knowledgeable enthusiasts wherever it goes.

This 1967 Plymouth Belvedere appears to be a worthy tribute to the 1967 GTX “Silver Bullet,” with performance that should satisfy most enthusiasts. It seems to need nothing and would be ideal for someone seeking a “plug and play” classic. Placing a value on any custom build is challenging, but this Plymouth serves us a curve ball. The seller claims it previously sold at a Mecum auction for $125,000, but I cannot verify this. However, I did locate a successful sale via that company in 2019, with the listing indicating the hammer fell at $49,500. Nearly five years have passed since that day, but do you consider that is sufficient time to justify the seller’s higher figure? It will be fascinating to gauge your opinions.