1958 Plymouth Belvedere: Classic Muscle, Thunderous HEMI Power

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1958 Plymouth Belvedere
1958 Plymouth Belvedere

This 1958 model, which originally appeared as a Plymouth Belvedere, has withstood the test of time. This Mopar endures until 2024, unlike many of its brethren that are sent to rust heaps. Its distinctiveness is found in its current state, despite not having been entirely restored to its former splendor.

Resembling a derelict version of “Christine,” this Belvedere showcases a weathered paint job hinting at remnants of red and black. While the body suggests a haphazard application of black paint over the original red, the chrome detailing remains remarkably preserved.

Dubbed the “Black Widow” by its owner, a nod to its black paint and a tribute to the 1957 Chevrolet Tri-Five by SEDCO, this Belvedere embodies a piece of automotive history.

1958 Plymouth Belvedere
1958 Plymouth Belvedere

The interior features a blend of original and restored elements, presenting a solid condition suitable for immediate use or potential enhancement. Beneath its hood, this Belvedere boasts a surprising power source: a 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) HEMI engine, reminiscent of the “Golden Commando” era.

Part of the initial generation of HEMI mills exclusive to Chrysler, this engine adds a unique character to the Belvedere, augmented by exhaust cutouts for a distinctive rumble. While details regarding its factory configuration remain elusive, the adoption of the 392 HEMI distinguishes this Belvedere, enhancing its appeal as a vintage classic. With a rich history and unexpected power, it stands as a testament to the automotive craftsmanship and innovation of its era.

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