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The Plymouth Satellite is an automobile introduced in 1965 as the top model in Plymouth's mid-size Belvedere line. The Satellite remained the top of the line model until the 1967 model year, where it became the mid-price model with the GTX taking its place as the top model. The Fury name was moved to Plymouth's mid-size models for 1975, at which time the Satellite name disappeared. The Satellite was built on Chrysler's mid-size "B" platform.
When a new, larger Plymouth Fury was introduced for 1965 on Chrysler's full-size C platform, the Plymouth Belvedere name was moved to Plymouth's "new" mid-size line for 1965, in what was really a continuation of Plymouth's full-size 1962 to 1964 models. The Belvedere Satellite was the top trim model in the series, above the Belvedere I and II. It was only available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. Offered with bucket seats and center console as standard, the Satellite was available exclusively with V8 engines. For 1965 the standard engine was the 273 c.i.d., and optional choices were the 318, and 361, 383 and 426 "Commando" engines. This 426 had the wedge combustion chamber design, and is not the 426 "Hemi" offered in 1966. The front end was simple: a single headlight on each side, and a grille divided into four thin rectangles laid horizontally. The concurrent Fury was given a "stacked" dual headlight design.
The 1965 Satellite 2-door hardtop had a production run of 23,341. In standard trim the 2-door hardtop weighed 3,220lbs. and cost $2,612. The convertible saw a production figure of 1,860 weighing 3,325lbs and costing $2,827 in standard trim.
See Wikicars' comprehensive Plymouth Satellite Review.
- 1 Recent Changes
- 2 Styles and Major Options
- 3 Pricing
- 4 Gas Mileage
- 5 Engine and Transmission
- 6 Performance
- 7 Reliability
- 8 Safety
- 9 Photos
- 10 Colors
- 11 Main Competitors
- 12 Hybrid Models
- 13 Unique Attributes
- 14 Interior
- 15 Resale Values
- 16 Criticisms
- 17 Generations
- 18 Worldwide
- 19 Design quirks and oddities
- 20 Awards
- 21 See Also
- 22 External Links
- In 1966, along with a redesigning, the Satellite was available with the newly optional "Street Hemi" engine, which had two 4-barrel carburetors, and 10.25:1 compression. This engine was rated at 425hp at 5,000rpm and 490lbft of torque at 4,000rpm. The other V8 engine options for 1966 remained the standard 180hp 273, plus the popular 318 at 230hp and the 265hp Commando 361 and Commando 383 at 325hp, down from the 330hp it had on tap in 1965.
- The 1967 Satellite did not see any sheet metal changes from 1966, but there were several trim changes. A new grille featured dual side-by-side headlights, a change in the rear trunk finish panel and taillights included multiple horizontal ribs. New horizontal aluminum trim at the lower body crease with silver paint below gave all 1967 Satellites essentially a two-tone paint scheme. For 1966 and 1967 the interior vinyl seats and door panels were treated to a unique 'Western Scroll' design which mimicked tooled leather in appearance. This was the 'premium' interior shared with the GTX in 1967. For 1966 and 1967 the Satellite was again offered only in 2-door hardtop and convertible form and was powered exclusively by V8 engines. The 361 was eliminated for 1967 models, but a 2-barrel 383 at 270hp was continued with the most powerful Satellite offering for 1967 being a 383 4-barrel rated at 325hp. Production figures for 1966 were 35,399 hardtops and 2,759 convertibles.
- Along with a significant restyling and a higher trim Sport Satellite model was introduced in 1968, at which time the Belvedere name was relegated to the low-trim base models. 1968 was also the first year that the Satellite line was expanded beyond the 2-door hardtop and convertible, when a 4-door sedan and station wagon were offered. The 1968 body continued through 1970, with a minor front and rear restyling for 1970, which was the last year for the Belvedere name. 1968 was also the first year for the Plymouth Roadrunner which shared the same body as the Satellite and Belvedere models.
- A significant restyling was done for 1971 as the Satellite adopted new "fuselage" styled bodies, with different wheelbases, grilles, and sheet metal for two and four door models. Sedans were available in base, Custom and Brougham trim, while two doors were called Satellite (a base coupe with rear windows that did not roll down), Satellite Sebring and Satellite Sebring Plus. Wagons came in base, Custom or wood-trimmed Regent models. Two door models had an unusual loop type front bumper (a period Chrysler styling trend), and this body was the basis for the related GTX and Roadrunner models. Also in 1970, Plymouth introduced a new line under the satellite name: Sport Satellite Suburban. The luxury wagon was in existence for a short period of time. It used the same structure and frame as the Satellite. The station wagon had all the same interior integrity as the 1970 Satellite Luxury Model except it offered more seating, and much more trunk storage space. In 1971 the name of this Station Wagon switched over to a new name, the Plymouth Fury along with all the other models.
- Two-door models received a more conventional front end and squared up sheet metal and rear side windows for 1973, while the sedans and wagons adopted large 5 mph (8 km/h) bumpers for 1974. The Satellite name was dropped after 1974, after which Plymouth's intermediate offerings on the B-body chassis took the Plymouth Fury name.
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Throughout the years of the Satellite there remained one common denominator, the factory paint colors. These colors became the staple of Plymouth's booth, they included: Slate Grey, Sherwood Green, Tor-Red, Glacial Blue, April Green, Spinnaker White, Evening Blue, Autumn Bronze, Formal Black, Winchester Grey, In-Violet, Bahama Yellow, Snow White, True Blue, Sassy Grass Green, Tunisian Tan, Rally Red, Mood Indigo, Sandalwood Beige, Curious Yellow, Burnished Red, Coral Turquoise, Gold Leaf, Amber Sherwood, Tahitian Walnut, and Tawny Gold. With all these choices customers could obtain a Satellite in their favorite color.
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- Allpar.com Satellite section
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- Allpar.com Satellite section
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