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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Plymouth Belvedere 1 Max Wedge Post Sedan
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Car: Plymouth Belvedere 1 Max Wedge Post Sedan
 
Year: 1965
 
What makes it special: The 413 Max Wedge came to Dodge and Plymouth full-size cars as a limited, high-performance option. Plymouth called it the Super Stock 413, and Dodge the RamCharger 413. Most found their way into bare-bones, no-frills two-door sedans ordered primarily for the strip. Already lighter than the full-size Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs and even its Dodge Dart cousin, a 3100-pound Plymouth Savoy or Belvedere could shed even more weight by being ordered without heater, radio, and sound deadening. Chrysler’s push-button TorqueFlite automatic was the hot choice while the 3-speed manual was actually slightly slower in the quarter, and the company didn’t offer a 4-speed with the engine.
 
What made it famous: The Plymouth 413/426 Wedge's engine was carried over unchanged for 1965, though Belvedere was repositioned in the Plymouth lineup and an upscale version was added. The basic sheet metal continued but with a new grille, single headlamps, and a “Baby Fury” look. Without changing dimensions, the Belvedere line became a mid-size. New to the Belvedere roster was the attractive premium-level Satellite. It came standard with front bucket seats, center console, custom wheel covers and some up-level exterior trim to set it apart from the lesser mid-size Plymouths. Inside, the Belvedere and Satellite got a new dashboard with integral instrumentation.
 
Why I would want one: The 1960's Plymouth and Dodge Max Wedge cars absolutely ruled the streets and strips in their time.
 
Fun fact: The 426 Street Wedge was dropped after ’65 and its displacement soon became synonymous with Chrysler’s King Kong Hemi. The wedge would return in ’66 bored to 440 cubic inches. This was the engine that would carry MoPar into the heart of the muscle years.

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