1972 Plymouth Satellite

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1972
  • Mileage 
    86 000 mi / 138 404 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    RH23G2G127983
  • Engine number 
    127983
  • Lot number 
    409
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Green
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Automatic
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Imported from California on the 15/12/2005 by California Classic ImportsBased on a 1972 Plymouth Satellite with a 440 7.2-litreV8 engine mated to a 727 automatic transmissionOffered by our vendor, a passionate collector of American cars, who has owned the cartwiceProfessionally painted in Synergy Green by their own commercial body shop with a re-trimmed interiorThe interior has many factory options such as a rally dashboard, bucket seats and slapstick console shifterShowing 86,500 miles and often displayed at car shows, this Road Runner recreation is a rare car on British roadsIt wasnt until the late 1960's, with a line of cars that won NASCAR races, that the Plymouth brand became synonymous with American muscle cars. Slotting between the Satellite and the Belvedere, the Road Runner was introduced in 1968 as a light, fast, sparingly optioned model.A $50,000 payment to Warner Brothers gave Plymouth the right to brand the car with the eponymous bird from theLooney Tunescartoons which,hopefully,the Wile ECoyotesof the world in their Mustangs and Camaros wouldnever be able to catch.The range expanded to a 440 cubic inch V8 by the early 70s leading to a dramatic restyling in 1971 that featured more rounded fuselage styling.There was morefocus on ride and handling thanks to a shorter overall length combined with a longer wheelbase,staggered rear leaf springs andabeefierrearrollbar.Plymouths increasing interest in motor racing as a means to promote sales took the form of the works-supportedHemi-powered 71 Road Runner thattookRichard Petty to multiple NASCAR victories at the Daytona 500 and Winston Cup Championship. During the 1970s and 80s, fewproductionRoad Runners survived the combination of cowboy boots, a 440 Hemi, and NASCARand Budweiserinspireddemonstrationsof skill soconsequently are rare today.Despite the success of the Road Runner and its near mythological status,few replicas of the model have been 'retro-modded'for todays burgeoning market. When California Classic Imports brought this car to these shores in 2005 it was swiftly snapped up with its 440 7.2-litre V8 engine mated to a727 automatictransmission. Our vendor, a passionate collector of American muscle cars, bought the car in 2010when it joinedhiscollection. Collecting and showing classic cars is a great hobby (we would say that!) but owning a business that specialises in commercial re-spraying of cars is a perfect combination of the two. So,in 2010,our vendor chose to utilise his very own spray booth to re-paint the car in Synergy Green, an updated Chevrolet colour that suits the car well.They also treated the car to a re-trim of the interior, complemented by thefactory options ofarally dashboard, bucket seats and slapstick console shifter. The car was then treated toa mean set of 17" and 18"AmericanRacingTorque-Thrustalloys. Our vendor,and his equally passionate wife,proudly displayed the car at numerous shows over the years, exhibiting not just the car but advertising their business skill at painting. In January 2017 a family friend finallypersuadedthem to sell but,such was their affection for the car, thatthey bought it back in September 2017. Regretfully offered to auction to fund a building project,the car is presented for salewith some 86,500 miles on the odometer and a history file that includes invoices, old MOTs and two toy versions of Wile E. Coyote and his arch nemesis, Road Runner.