Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from a Private Collection

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Lot 274

1964 Plymouth Belvedere Race Hemi

  • Chassis no. 3241257503

Sold for $82,500


425 bhp, 426 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed TorqueFlite transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116 in.

  • Offered from a private collection
  • Rare “transitional” model, with lightweight features and the 426 Race Hemi
  • One of fewer than 15 “transitional” Belvederes built
  • Beautifully maintained full restoration by MoPar specialists


Chrysler’s Max Wedge engine was the premier competition mill of the early 1960s, particularly in the 425 horsepower, 426-cubic inch Stage II configuration introduced in 1963. That year, however, a new development program, for a car that could win at Daytona, turned not to pushing the envelope of the Wedge design, but to pursuing a refinement of the old hemi-head engines of the 1950s.

Beginning with a standard RB block, Chrysler engineers Tom Hoover and Don Moore fitted new “hemi” heads, with 12.5:1 compression, initially of cast iron mated to an aluminum short-ram intake manifold. Four engines powered by the new Hemi V-8, piloted by Richard Petty, Jimmy Pardue, and Paul Goldsmith, finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 1965 Daytona 500. The thrill of victory was short-lived, however, as, in the way that NASCAR often does, the body came down hard and required that several thousand street Hemis be manufactured and sold. As a result, the MoPars all sat out the 1965 season, while Chrysler factories began churning out Hemis for the public to sate the sanctioners.

The Plymouth Belvedere offered here is considered a “transitional car,” from the period where the Max Wedge Lightweight (factory-built with aluminum front end sheet metal and stripped interiors) briefly met up with the availability of the new Race Hemi in April 1964. Between nine and fifteen such cars were produced, all with varying features. This car lacks the aluminum components but has the Lightweight features of bare bones appointments and a trunk-mounted battery, while under the hood is a Race Hemi. Reportedly, the car was ordered with a Max Wedge, but came through with the Hemi, which had just been introduced to replace the latter. One doubts the original owner complained!

Muscle Car Restorations of Wisconsin, restored this Belvedere in 2004 for the well-known Washington State collector, Jack Brundage. The car is finished in the original red that Plymouth dubbed “Ruby,” with an interior in matching vinyl and carpeting. The workmanship is all of top quality, including the paint, brightwork, and interior, while the engine compartment is correctly detailed, without being overdone. Steel wheels with “poverty” hubcaps are mounted, shod in Fisk SR4 blackwall steel radial tires. A dossier of documentation is included with the car, which has been properly preserved since restoration with a freshly rebuilt engine, and has some 6,300 miles, which may be original.

A rare MoPar with one of the first examples of the hottest engine, this car would be an unbeatable choice for any muscle collector.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more