Restoration » 1964 Plymouth Replica
It was 1964 at the Daytona International Speedway where Richard Lee Petty won his first major race in the 500-mile event. It was also his first of seven Grand National (now Winston Cup) Championships.
Compared to the cars of today, the Belvedere was a big, heavy car with a huge engine. But, when compared to the cars of the same time period, the Plymouth was actually a lightweight machine. Considering the horse power to weight ratio, it was a power advantage over the Fords and Mercurys during the long distance races.
This recreation was built at the historic race shop in Level Cross, North Carolina in 2009; the same shop where the original was built in 1964.
The fabricators and mechanics here at Petty’s Garage found the majority of authentic NASCAR era parts or fabricated them from scratch, just as they did in the 60's.
An original 64 K head HEMI was also found and built by Maurice Petty’s sons.
The King, Richard Petty, and Dale Inman personally supervised the construction of this recreation, just as they did with the original.
The completed car is currently on display in the Richard Petty Museum.
- 426 HEMI first used for race applications in 1964 for NASCAR
- This block is an original 1964 race block
- This engine uses K style heads used on early race applications
- Factory long tube headers
- Original NASCAR style air cleaner assembly
- Built to specifications of a typical 1964 racecar
- Painted the famous Petty Blue
- First time the color was used all year by Petty Enterprises
- Wheels are original mid-sixties authentic
- All lettering and painting done by hand as typical in the day