1965 Plymouth Satellite
This 1965 Plymouth Satellite is a very special car, made even more memorable by perfectly applied 20-year-old paint, pristine brightwork, laser-straight body lines, and a period-correct stance. After a career of working on Mopars, Frank Bentz started working on this ’65 Satellite, which ended up looking extraordinary. This car stands out, thanks to its deep obsidian paint set off by fresh and bright trim.
Built on the 116-inch B-Body floor plan, this vehicle’s inverted C-pillar sits atop a slender body with flowing lines. A peaked grille with a precision mesh is complemented by single headlights set in squared-off nacelles, making for a futuristic and fast statement. Frank’s finely tuned Mopar sense comes not just from a lifelong appreciation of mechanical history and design, but also from working years on end with Chrysler products.
It all started back in 1998, with Frank’s random meeting with Dave Allen. Allen’s ’65 Satellite was too cool to be ignored, with the street rod looking impeccable and looking for a new owner. Its Cragar racing wheels and mile-deep black paint were enough to convince Frank to buy it.
Dave Allen’s ’65 Satellite was perfect, which is why 16 years later is looks the same. Obviously, minor upgrades and repairs had to be done over the years, including a complete refurbishing of all the chrome and aluminum anodizing. The original engine has been replaced with the 440 and 727 automatic transmission from a ’70 GTX, which is also good news. Layson’s Restorations helped Frank keep the cabin stylish over the years, while YearOne were responsible for the facelift. One thing’s clear: this is one hell of a ride!