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1962-1965 Plymouth 413/426 Wedge


1965 Plymouth 413/426 Wedge

The '64 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, as Plymouth put the Fury name on a set of longer full-size models with 119 inch wheelbases. 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 -- a departure from the Jetson look of 1963-64.

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, around which Dodge and Plymouth would build performance cars for a whole new generation of buyers. How many of them, in those fast-changing times, would recall its origins in the barely tamed 413 Max Wedge of 1962?

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