If youve been watching the market lately, you already know that clean, well-maintained cars that have never had frame-off restorations are growing in value by the day. It has reached a point now where in many cases, collectors are willing to pay a premium for an original car compared to a flawlessly restored one, all other things being equal. If youre still confused by this phenomenon, perhaps this California-bred 1967 Plymouth Satellite will help you understand. With 39,380 original miles, an untouched chassis, one repaint, and a ton of charm, it is just about as close to the 1967 Satellite experience as you can find today. Its a super-clean, one-owner car with a big block and some interesting options, as youll see when you review the original fender tag: CAR: Plymouth Satellite 2 Door Hardtop ENGINE: 383 cubic inch 4-barrel V8 TRANSMISSION: 3-speed automatic TIRES: 7.75 x 14 WSW MODEL YEAR: 1967 BUILD DATE: October 12 AXLE: 3.23 Rear Axle Ratio INTERIOR: Premium Trim Grade, Vinyl Bucket Seats. White on Black Interior PAINT: Monotone Red Paint OTHER: White Horizontal Accent Stripe 15: Light package ABC OPTIONS: E1: Cleaner Air Package R1: AM Radio X2: Tinted Windshield Only abc OPTIONS: a6: Console b5: Rear Arm Rest w/ Ashtray g0: California Emissions h7: Fender Mounted Turn Signal Indicators Yes, thats right, the car has had one body-on repaint way back in 1988, but they exactly duplicated the original Bright Red finish. It was done before two-stage urethanes were commonplace, so the single stage paint has a lovely patina that looks highly authentic on the 44-year-old car, and if I hadnt just told you, even an expert might be hard-pressed to believe it isnt original paint. That paint hangs on 100% original sheetmetal that has never been hit, rusty, or replaced, and the doors open and close like a new car. Nobody can argue that the Satellite isnt a handsome car, with chiseled features and that dramatic C-pillar, and in red, it looks fast and agile. If you look at the panel gaps, thats how the factory did itnot perfect, but pretty darned good. Theres not a trace of filler or amateur work anywhere on the car, and with the boss being a huge fan of these cars, you know he wouldnt have brought it in if it wasnt something special. Even better, all the trim on the car is unrestored. That means the bumpers have never been tapped or bumped, and the chrome is production grade but completely unblemished. The stainless trim around the wheel arches was removed for the repaint, then reinstalled because it needed no polishing or straightening. The grille is excellent, with no damaged bars and definitely no corrosion. All the glass is original, the lenses are factory-issue, and none of the original badges required replacement when the car was painted, they were just reinstalled once the finish was dry. Look closely at the 383 hood ornamentthats probably the most deteriorated part on the car, and its still pretty nice, which will give you an idea of how well-preserved this Satellite really is. With just under 40,000 original miles and what is perhaps the most complete maintenance history ever compiled on a single car, the engine has never been removed or rebuilt. With little more than routine service over the years, the 383 still rumbles to life like a new car with a single turn of the key, and runs so sweetly that opening it up would be a crime. That sure looks like original corporate turquoise paint on the block, and while its not perfect, it is beautifully preserved. The original accessories are all present and accounted for, while the air cleaner is the correct dual snorkel unit used on 4-barrel 383s. According to the service records, this car has been maintained to the letter as described in the owners manual, and recent work includes authentic hoses and clamps and a fresh red cap battery. But you can rest assured that if it is under the hood, its probably original and 100% functional. Call us and well send you the maintenance records, but youll need a ream of paper in your fax machine to receive them. Underneath, its solid and appropriately preserved given that the car has never been apart. Look at the floorsno question this is a magical California car, with no rust or rot anywhere to be found. The transmission is a 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic, and like the engine, it has never been apart and doesnt leak. In back, the original 8.75-inch rear carries its original 3.23 gears, and the only reason it was opened was to change the lubricant a few years ago. RK Motors Charlotte just installed a dual exhaust system featuring Dynomax mufflers, so the 383 sounds healthy but not obnoxious, and we rebuilt the front end so it tracks like a cruise missile on the highway. The only other non-stock components are the air shocks out back, but thats an easy fix if you dont need them to adjust ride height. It rolls on a set of beautiful road wheels, which were not original equipment, and theyre fitted with BFGoodrich Silvertown redline radials instead of the original whitewalls, but I think youll find the look hard to resist. Inside, the interior has been lightly restored, but the line between new and original equipment is so blurry that theres just no way to say what has been replaced. The seats are exceptionally nice, but given the condition of the car, I find it hard to believe that the back seat could have been worn enough for the cover to be a replacement, and the front seat matches perfectly, so Im going with original. The carpets are dark, and there are no stains, bald spots, or pulled threads, but they fit so well, its hard to say whether theyve been replaced. The door panels are most definitely original, with some light patina, but nothing noteworthy. The dashboard, with its basic gauge package, is 100% original and unrestored, and the Music Master AM radio still lives in the dash. The only upgrade is a modern AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the glove box that operates a CD changer in the trunk via remote control and can be easily removed for shows. In the trunk, youll discover the original trunk mat and a complete jack assembly, and we have the original spare tire that accompanies the car. Documentation is the real reason this car is so special. Since we acquired it from the original owner, theres an unbroken chain of information to the day it was purchased, and that gentleman was meticulous with his record-keeping. But for starters, we have the original window sticker, owners manual, warranty booklet with CertiCard, the California Emissions booklet (this is a California car, remember), the original ownership certificate from 1967 and every one since, as well as the original California black plates which are probably worth a small fortune by themselves. Then theres the maintenance history, which includes details of every service this car has ever received ...For more information please call the seller.