Car: Plymouth Belvedere 1 Race Hemi Lightweight A990
What makes it special: The 1965 Plymouth Belvedere 1 A990 was built for performance, thanks in part to its Hemi V8. The Belvedere 1 was a light Super Stock model designed for racing. It looked like a potential champion, but NASCAR disallowed the Hemi Belvedere, and Chrysler withdrew from competition in protest.
What made it famous: Its 426 Hemi V8, which replaced the previous 426 Wedge V8 as the racer's choice. Offered as an option only on the light Super Stock, this mighty Hemi developed 425 horsepower, 60 more than the wedge version. It provided awesome performance with a 120 mph top speed and 0-60 in eight seconds or less. Not cheap at $4,671 base price, the Belvedere Hemi was not welcome in drag racing. The National Hot Rod Association ruled that Plymouth's Super Stock drag racers were too light, preventing them from running cars with fiberglass hoods and fenders.
Why I would want one: A huge, powerful Hemi dropped into a fiberglassed hood and fendered lightweight body, plus the fact that it was given an outlaw status makes this a VERY wanted bad boy machine. Plus, I cannot deny it's just a good looking car.
Fun fact: The 1968 television show "Adam-12" featured a 1967 model black and white Belvedere as the standard Los Angeles police cruiser.
( 1965 Plymouth Belvedere photo from cargurus.com )