1965 Plymouth Belvedere Packs Modern SRT Power and Comfort
Not only does it run 11-second quarter-mile times with a modern SRT Hemi, this 1965 Plymouth Belvedere also has a plush SRT interior.
We feature a great many high-performance Mopars with modern Hemi power, but today we bring you a look at a cool, classic Plymouth packing a 6.1L SRT Hemi — and the leather interior from the SRT8 that provided the engine. This old-school Mopar muscle car runs impressive quarter-mile times, but it is also street-driven, so the owner added the SRT interior to make sure that it is as comfortable as it is quick.
Albert Long’s 1965 Belvedere
From the outside, Albert Long’s 1965 Plymouth Belvedere looks like your average Mopar muscle car from that era, but as soon as you look inside – or under the hood – it is clear that this beast is far from average.
This ’65 Belvedere is powered by a 6.1L Hemi from a 2008 SRT8 Chrysler 300C and aside from the camshaft and Hemituner tune, the engine is stock. With the help of a 727 Chrysler automatic transmission and an 8.75 rear differential, this Plymouth sends 433 horsepower to the rear wheels on 93-octane gasoline. This Belvedere is street-driven and gets around 18mpg, but more importantly, the near-stock SRT Hemi allows this old school Mopar to rocket down the quarter mile in the mid-11s.
That is all very impressive, but since Long drives his Belvedere on the street, he wanted it to be as comfortable as it is fast. To achieve that, he added the front and rear seats from a Chrysler 300C SRT8, so this classic Mopar has heated and power-adjustable leather front seats with the matching leather rear seat. He also added interior panels with a mix of leather and suede and to match the SRT seats. Just to be clear, the heated, power seats still work as they did in the 300C.
Albert Long built this unique muscle car himself with the help of Bill Cocoma and Keith Arlan, creating a classic Plymouth that runs mid-11s, gets 18mpg on the open road and offers premium SRT comfort. A special thanks to Albert Suhr for his chassis and suspension help.
Long’s Belvedere in Action
In the video above, which comes from Albert Long’s YouTube channel, his 1965 Belvedere is making a quarter mile pass at Atco Dragway in New Jersey against a modern Dodge Charger. After a solid burnout, the SRT-powered classic stages and rips away from the starting line on green, pulling down an .034 reaction time.
The Charger gets to the finish line first, but Long’s Hemi-powered Plymouth runs an 11.43 at 115 miles per hour – just a tick off of his best-ever run of 11.42 at 116.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy this unique classic Mopar muscle car with modern Hemi power!