How new does a car have to be for you to consider it a "new car"?

What qualifies as a "new car" varies greatly depending on who you ask. Some people think a car becomes "old" as soon as it is no longer showroom fresh. A former co-worker of mine who restored Model-Ts used to tell me he didn't care much for "newer cars" like my 54 year old Plymouth Belvedere. This weekend we want to… » 8/27/11 5:00pm 8/27/11 5:00pm

What is the barn find of your dreams?

Opening the doors on a forgotten barn or garage to reveal a dusty vehicle that needs little more than some elbow grease and a weekend spent in the garage to reverse the effects of sitting is the stuff of gearhead dreams. After reading about the trio of Italian barn finds this week, we started wondering what vehicle we… » 7/30/11 5:00pm 7/30/11 5:00pm

My 1957 Plymouth Belvedere: A Story of Irritation and Infatuation

Many love stories are tales of woe. Some are stories of trials and tribulations. Some have happy endings. The story of the object of my automotive infatuation has a little of all of the above. » 10/24/10 4:00pm 10/24/10 4:00pm

1967 Plymouth Belvedere I Station Wagon

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Now that Belvedere Adrian is back in Alameda, Belvederes are everywhere! » 5/09/10 9:00am 5/09/10 9:00am

How Does This Happen? 1965 Belvedere Coupe Is Crusher-Bound

So much racing heritage for the 1964-66 Plymouth Belvedere coupe, what with this guy's exploits and all those great Belvedere drag cars… yet this one just took its final ride behind a tow truck and now awaits its doom. » 3/28/10 1:00pm 3/28/10 1:00pm

The 22-Year Saga of Mr Belvedere, Sawzall Convertible Sedan!

Many of us have looked at a beat-to-hell sedan, then reached for the Sawzall and created an open-air summer cruiser. Then, when the weather turns cold/rainy, it gets junked. But if you're Belvedere Adrian, you keep driving it for decades! » 12/12/09 5:00pm 12/12/09 5:00pm

1967 Plymouth Belvedere II, with Bonus 1958 Dodge Pickup Bed Trailer

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Belvedere Adrian, of Faster Farms Racing fame, has returned to Alameda! » 8/16/09 9:00am 8/16/09 9:00am

1968 Plymouth GTX for a Documented $119,900!

If movies have taught us anything, it's that orphans are typically sad, but plucky. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has found a little orphan Hemi, but you might need to be Daddy Warbucks to buy her. » 7/14/09 7:00am 7/14/09 7:00am

1965 Plymouth Belvedere Coupe

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. The Belvedere was Plymouth's answer to the Chevelle and Fairlane. » 5/23/09 9:00am 5/23/09 9:00am

Faster Farms Chickens Join The LeMons Arse-Freeze-A-Palooza Upside-Down…

We've been following the exploits of the Faster Farms Plymouth Belvedere LeMons car- which was driven to the race- and now there's another chapter in the Legend Of The Chickenmobile. » 12/28/08 4:25pm 12/28/08 4:25pm

What Does A Race Belvedere Need Most? Bowling Ball-Actuated Active…

The Faster Farms Chickens' 1966-7 Plymouth Belvedere looked pretty good as an exact replica of the Foster Imposters' car… but something was still lacking.
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The Faster Farms Chickens Suit Up For Arse Freeze-A-Palooza LeMons Glory

We've spent many months following the progress of Belvedere Adrian » 11/16/08 10:00am 11/16/08 10:00am's , but we've never mentioned the this team will be using. Now, anyone from California will tell you there's possible theme for an old Belvedere... That's right, the Foster Farms Chickens, aka ! A pair of Arkansas factory-farmed chickens flee…

DIN Rail And Smurf Tube: How To Wire Your Race Car On The Cheap

As the Bent Belvedere » 10/09/08 3:00pm 10/09/08 3:00pm inches ever closer to readiness, team captain has decided that the duct-tape-and-speaker-wire electrical system isn't going to be very reliable on the track. Time to tear out all the scary old stuff and start over fresh! Now, they have followed my example and spent about 88,000 hours…

Former Chrysler VP Recreates 1954 Plymouth Showroom In His Garage

Complete with all four body styles offered on the Plymouth Belvedere in 1954, Darrell L. Davis’s 9,000 square foot garage-homage to the '54 Plymouth also includes sales brochures, display racks, banners, signs, order books, sheets of paint samples and upholstery samples. Basically, everything needed to run a… » 9/05/08 5:00pm 9/05/08 5:00pm

Fiat 500C Woody Wagon Shows Off Up North

We spotted this miniature woody, a Fiat 500 C Giardiniera Belvedere, while passing through Charlevoix, Michigan. Ironically, it's still not the coolest car in town, as this place is also home to the awesome V8-powered Citroen 2CV off-roader we found at Autorama. The lakeside town is popular destination for… » 8/15/08 7:00pm 8/15/08 7:00pm

Race Car Prep Is An Art, Not A Science: Belvedere Burnout Bonanza

Preparation of the extremely bent '66 Plymouth Belvedere obtained for free by Belvedere Adrian (aka Plymsole) for the Arse-Freeze-A-Pa-Looza LeMons race continues, with the suspension and brakes functioning- mostly- and the 318 grunting out sufficient torque to turn junkyard tires into glorious smoke on command. The… » 8/06/08 4:00pm 8/06/08 4:00pm

Accept Our Sacrifice, O Racing Gods!

Sometimes you can bash away on your low-budget race car for a full dawn-to-dusk weekend, yet it's still not ready. That's when you need to take drastic measures...
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1967: The Dawn Of A New Day For Plymouth

"Dawn Of A New Day" sounds much better than "Plymouth: Only 34 Years To Go," though of course Chrysler's marketers at the time had no idea that the Plymouth brand would barely outlive the current century. What we have here is the '67 Belvedere (a "whale of a lot of car for the money"), the "rich-looking compact" '67… » 6/10/08 11:00am 6/10/08 11:00am

Beer, Bratwurst, Baseball, and Belvederes: Tailgate Party Madness With…

Last year, Belvedere Adrian brought two vehicles from his fleet of old Plymouths, plus his vintage Serro Scotty trailer, to a tailgate party before an Oakland Athletics game, and a good time was had by all. Last weekend, however, we figured we needed more Belvederes, so Adrian brought five of his favorite B-bodies,… » 4/25/08 5:20pm 4/25/08 5:20pm