Plymouth Belvedere Reviews

1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX 440 Super Commando from North America

Model year1967
Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership1971
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 440 Super Commando Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carDatsun 1600 Pick-up

Summary:

Best car I have ever seen

Faults:

Rear end yoke (car part) locked up, causing the U-joint to break.

Piston connecting rod broke (thank goodness it was idling at the time).

General Comments:

440 cubic inch engine has 375 horses, but gets 11 MPG.

Solid car, built to last forever.

Can repair almost anything with a screwdriver.

Will run 14.7 seconds at 109 MPH in the quarter mile.

Not many around, so it gets A LOT of attention on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2008

14th Feb 2008, 17:34

Well 11 mpg is really good gas mileage compared to some muscle cars back then.

14th Feb 2008, 22:31

That's pretty impressive that you've owned this car for so long, and also that you had the foresight to realize that it was a car worth holding onto. It's hard to find a cooler car than a Plymouth GTX! I always dreamed of owning one ever since high school, but the stars never came into alignment and now they are out of reach in price. Enjoy it!

12th Sep 2009, 16:08

Well, I bought it in '71 for $100, daily driver until '77, from then to '79, I only drag raced it. In '79 I stopped racing and had to sell my log truck because my house burnt down. It just sat there in the yard until a few years ago my youngest son wanted us to start working on it. We got it in good enough shape to pass requirements and have been gradually working on restoring it. Very unique car. As with any classic car, everybody looks at and admires it on the road. Had to cut back to driving it every now and then (gas prices).

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 8 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1958
First year of ownership1964
Most recent year of ownership1966
Engine and transmission 8 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carBuick Special

Summary:

Beautiful in looks, mechanically a disappointment

Faults:

The brakes were a constant source of trouble. They did a poor job of stopping the car. The brakes always chattered.

The lining were replaced at least 5 times.

The car never stopped in a straight line. I had changed the wheel cylinders at least three times and that helped for a little while. Brakes would bind up on one side (usually front) and you'd have to drive the car to heat them up so they'd release. You needed to beat the drums off the car with a drum puller, to check brakes or do any type of work.

General Comments:

The car had a torsion-bar suspension and did not have a very comfortable ride. The frontend was always off and the steering was not always comfortable, as the power steering was some what over assisted, and it gave you a poor feel for the road.

The engine performance left a lot to be desired. It was a 318 V8, but honestly it was nothing to get excited about. In fact I found it to be rather sluggish even after it was tuned up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th December, 2005

30th Jul 2008, 16:46

Your proportioning valve was most likely sticking, or you had a bad brake hose, causing the brake problem the whole time.

New bushings and shocks would have fixed the handling, and then you didn't mention the tire type, age, etc.

The 318 Poly wasn't supposed to be the race engine--the 350ci B block with dual quads was still a high 15 second car!

31st Jul 2008, 15:10

Got to remember that the car was 48 at the time of writing. It could have been involved in an accident or two in its life.

1964 Plymouth Belvedere 318 poly from North America

Model year1964
Year of manufacture1964
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 318 poly Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles

Summary:

Great cruising and performance car too!!!

Faults:

Transmission because I never checked the fluid levels.

General Comments:

The 1964 plymouth belvedere is a great car, it took a very hard beating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th October, 2005

16th Oct 2005, 18:38

These cars are awesome. My dad owned a 63 four door, and it was one hell of a ride. It easily did 85mph to the supermarket, and the engine sounded like it was idling at that speed. Not to mention the ride was so smooth and comfortable that you didn't even notice that you were going that fast.

Long live big old American cars!

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 318 CI Wideblock Polyhead 4bbl Superpak from North America

Model year1958
Year of manufacture1957
First year of ownership1957
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4bbl Superpak Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Belvedere

Summary:

I've owned this car for 15 years and it has given me many hours and miles of dependable fun!

Faults:

Replaced brake cylinders and master cylinder at 95k, and went to silicone brake fluid.

Replaced single 4bbl with 2X4bbls at 100k.

Replaced seat covers and carpeting at 100k.

Distributor needs to be rebuilt, but the car still runs fine.

General Comments:

This is a zero to 60 in 8.75 seconds car.

With 2X4bbls it gets about 9-12 mpg.

Car was originally built in Los Angeles and has no rust, which is unheard of in the finned Mopars of the fifties!

The car has had one repaint, and everything works including the clock and tube AM radio.

The car is a two door hardtop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd August, 2005

1958 Plymouth Belvedere 2-Door Sport Coupe 350 c.i. Golden Commando from North America

Year of manufacture1958
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 350 c.i. Golden Commando Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance250 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Power, Style, and Tailfins -- the 1950s had it all

Faults:

Fuel tank needs replacing.

Power steering needed to be rebuilt.

Fuel pump died.

General Comments:

Very fast with its optional Golden Commando engine (it has 2 Four Barrel Carbs) -- first year of the Chrysler Corporation Big Block Engines.

Torque-Flite transmission is amazing. Shifts are quick and smooth.

Very good looking, turns heads and drops jaws everywhere.

Handling is surprising for a late '50s American car.

Parts are very hard to come by.

The car's value has rapidly increased.

Rust ate most of these cars by the time Johnson took office, so one has to be very vigilant and take precautionary body care.

Sounds awesome -- engine and exhaust note create a threatening burble that makes young children run and hide.

Perhaps the most alluring yet overlooked car of the 1950s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2004

4th May 2004, 07:36

Very curious to know how you managed to find a 45 year old car with only 13 miles on it? Was it locked in a time capsule somewhere?

Or does it's odometer run backwards a la the notorious Plymouth Fury in the movie "Christine"?

Or is this just yet another made-up review?

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews