While historians always try to say that the Pontiac GTO was the first American muscle car, the early Hemi Mopars were unbeatable at the dragstrip in that era. For instance, here is a 1965 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere I with the 426 Commando engine. It was the last year of the streetable Mopar Hemi wedge combustion cars (first year was 1964.) All of the Max Wedge cars that performed so well at the dragstrip were too much to handle for everyday driving. Then came the 1964-65 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere with a 426 which was considered a Wedge combustion motor, but with nicer street manners. Called Street Wedge cars back then, they would blow the doors off of a GTO.
This week, North Shore Classics, a classic car dealer from Mundelein, Illinois, offered this legendary Mopar for sale. What is amazing about this one is that it still has so much of its original documentation. (Check out the photo documentation on the ad page here.) The 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I Hemi 426 Commando is described in detail on the ad page. NSC says they have the original dealer invoice, original window sticker, original Certicard, original owners manual and the cowl tag.
They say this B-body Belvedere came from the factory with a Sure Grip rear end with 4.10 gears, power brakes, and radio and heater delete. The factory 4.10 gear ratio tag is still intact in the rear axle housing.
The 1965 Belvedere I 426 Commando is a good one to collect. It was not generally made known to the public that you could order a 426 Wedge car at the time. Mopar collectors often refer to this car as a Street Wedge. It is a one-off year. The next year, in 1966 Plymouth came out with the Street Hemi.
For more of the history on the 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I 426 Commando you may want to read our blog post on the MyDreamCar.online website. Tap this link to read the article. It includes a video so you can hear it run. Then post your stories about the early Mopars in the comments section below the article. We love to hear your stories.
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