The Plymouth Satellite is a unique, big-bodied musclecar that you hardly see on the road anymore. Their Chrysler-built bodies often rusted away and parts are scarce to build a restored example of one of these beauties. This particular ’67 Satellite belongs to Bill Goetz of Buckley, Washington, and he’s been the caretaker for this beauty for 6-years.
The powerplant residing under the hood of this straight-lined, no-nonsense beast, is a built 426 cubic-inch Hemi that puts out an impressive 500-horsepower. Hooked to the big-block powerplant is a 727 automatic transmission and Dana 60 3.73:1 positraction rearend. For stopping power, disc brakes have been added to all four corners, and for control, a Borgeson quick ratio power steering box has been added.
The suspension has been upgraded using all Hotchkis equipment – front and back, as well as a Hotchkis subframe support for extra bracing. Not only is this monster beautiful and fast, it handles like a modern muscelcar. She’s built to stop, go, and turn—all with the style and grace of a classic, Hemi-powered Chrysler!
“The paint was on it when I got it,” Bill said. “The interior was also in the car, but I did the rest of the work.” While the car was aesthetically close to what you see here, a lot of work went into the electrical and mechanical of the car after Bill got his hands on it. The wiring has been upgraded to Ron Francis equipment, and Classic Air A/C has been added for comfort.
Beyond just the comfort of climate control through air conditioner, the interior is about as tough as it gets. This Satellite has the classic black interior that was made iconic during the muscle era. The pleated inserts on the seats, simple door panels, and the black headliner all complete the look of what it means to be a true musclecar.
While there are many things about this car that we love, we have to agree with Bill on our favorite part of the car. “My favorite thing is the Hemi,” Bill said. The 426 cubic-inch big-block powerplant is really what does it for Bill, and that’s the case for us as well. That’s not to say that we don’t appreciate the gray accents on the bronze body and all of the straight lines and corners that come with a Chrysler-built musclecar, because those are amazing too!