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Plymouth Savoy 426 (1963)


Plymouth Savoy 426 (1963)

The early 1960s saw Chrysler, GM and Ford doing battle on both the race tracks and drag strips across America. Chrysler's 1963 weapon of choice was the Super Stock Savoy, a lightweight, race-prepped car with their most powerful engine. Chrysler cleverly did as much to make the Savoy as suitable a drag racer as possible, things like mounting the battery in the trunk to help weight-distribution, and deliberately leaving the torsion bar front suspension set in a high position to aid weight transfer to the rear wheels during acceleration. The engine was tuned to the max, with the wedge-designed chamber taking 13.5:1 compression, and massive valves allowing flow up to 7,500rpm. Dual four-barrel carbs fed the engine, and a free-flowing exhaust was designed to further improve output. The Super Stock was regularly on the winner's podium during its inaugural year.

Plymouth Savoy 426 (1963) Specifications

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:426 ci (6,980 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:425 bhp (317 kW) @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque:470 lb ft (637 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
Weight:3,400 lb (1,545 kg)
Economy:7 mpg (2.47 km/I)
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