1973 Plymouth Satellite
In the world of street cars, there have always been two distinct types running up and down the road. Those that look fast, and those that look slow, and when street racing first hit the scene in the 50’s, a lot of shrewd guys soon found out that they could make some money with a car that looked slow, but ran fast. This type of car was quickly dubbed a “sleeper”, because they were hard to detect until it was too late!
Now most people think a sleeper car needs to look junky, and they can… but that’s not the ONLY way to do one. Since the sleeper concept is more about misdirection than ugly, there are a lot of ways you can pull it off, and still have a nice looking car. That’s the concept of the “Street Sweeper” project… to start with a less popular make, model and year of car and build it into something that looks like a cruiser on the outside, and at the same time be hiding ferocious high performance ability under the skin.
The car is a ’73 Plymouth Satellite Sebring, (no Road runners or GTX’s here) that was lady -owned and garage-kept it’s whole life, so we don’t have the hassle of building the car from the ground up, and thus save a ton of money on restoration costs. The factory bench seat, column shift, and vinyl top look docile enough, but It’s further compounded by the factory beige/white paint, and most of that will remain as it is. The big changes we are making are happening with the suspension, drivetrain, and brakes. After all, who would suspect that a ’73 Satellite would be packin’ a 528 Hemi and road race suspension under the skin? Very few people, that’s who… and uncorking this thing against the local hot shot at a stop light, or on a road course is exactly what a sleeper is all about. Let the games begin!!
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