Wow, color us shocked. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing Al Wilson’s 1960 Plymouth Belvedere running in Nostalgia Super Stock at NMCA events. In a class dominated by mid-1960s Mopars, the black-and-white car with the big fins stands out from the pack like none other. It isn’t everyday you see a 1960 Plymouth of any kind, let alone a four-door with it’s trim intact, sporting a 470ci big-block underhood with the “short” Long Ram induction system that Chrysler was selling on Plymouths as the “SonoRamic Commando” system. And it’s that short bit that needs special attention: Plymouth used two different intake runner lengths for their B-series engines. One was a more common 30″ runner that was used for more street-friendly behavior. The other was a 15″ long runner that packed a stronger punch at upper RPMs. With the intake tubes actually forming a kind of supercharging effect at RPM, the system was hot stuff in the late 1950s and early 1960s…and on the Plymouth, it works. We know the car has dipped into the 11-second territory a couple of times and is plenty happy with low twelves. If it wasn’t for his rolling stock at the races, you’d just think that the car was a nice older restoration that was well cared for, not a race car that gets sent down the strip quite often each summer.
We’re a bit sad to see that Wilson is selling the car, but maybe we can find the Belvedere the right kind of home, the kind where someone will appreciate the reverse-pattern 727 and the pushbuttons needed to operate it, or the four-wheel disc brakes that bring the big car down quickly. You might see a monster from back in the day, but at 3,500 pounds in race trim without driver, this Plymouth is doing better than a lot of later model hot rods in the weight department and under the hood isn’t too shabby, either. Somebody needs to enjoy a fin car that can hustle like a musclecar, but could that person be you?