After Arkansas native Mike...
After Arkansas native Mike Maxwell unearthed this Plymouth, he noticed something strange. The car was rusty, but not the front clip. Read on to learn how a unique set of events led Mike to this rare find.
Like many of us, Mike Maxwell has an obsession for collecting things and loves the thrill of the hunt. Though initially his passion was for finding military vehicles, specifically World War II era jeeps, a couple of unique finds convinced him that hot rods and musclecars were also worthy of his searches. Like many of us who hunt down these rare finds, Mike admits he's willing to chase down the smallest of leads, driving hundreds of miles to search for a vehicle that may or may not exist, and often coming home empty handed. Another technique he uses is stopping in gas stations and junkyards to inquire about local cars that may be hiding in the area. Sometimes he simply pulls off the road and talks to the occasional farmer. While Mike admits there have been times these methods have failed, sending him running back to the car chased by dogs or simply wishing he hadn't stopped at all, it was one of these stops that led Mike to the '64 Plymouth featured here.
Although the factory Max Wedge...
Although the factory Max Wedge had been replaced with a 383, the original exhaust manifolds were still in place.
While cruising the rural Arkansas countryside, Mike decided to stop at a junkyard and ask an employee there if he knew of any cool cars in the area. When asked what he meant by "cool cars," Mike informed the employee that he liked old Jeeps, hot rods, and musclecars. The junkyard employee told him about a local resident who had a passion for old Jeeps, and gave Mike directions to the gentleman's farm.
Eventually, Mike and the Jeep enthusiast became friends, and Mike visited him regularly to purchase parts or discuss projects. On one occasion, his new friend sent him on a hunt to find some Jeep seat frames, leading him to purchase a '29 Ford hot rod that had been stored in a barn since the mid-'50s. When Mike told his Jeep friend about the purchase, his friend said, "There's also an old Plymouth Savoy at that farm with the battery in the trunk." That was all Mike needed to hear, and he was back in the car, headed to the farm to look for the Plymouth.
It wasn't uncommon for the...
It wasn't uncommon for the original engine to suffer an early demise as these cars were designed to be raced. While the 426 was replaced with a 383, the two cutouts on the underside of the hood clearly show this was a cross-ram-equipped, factory lightweight car.
With the land owner's permission, Mike and a friend searched the farm for the Plymouth but couldn't find it. Certain that the car was on the farm, but with the light fading and visibility limited to about 10 yards in the thick trees and underbrush, Mike was afraid the car would remain hidden and he would never find it. Then as the sun set, he saw the rusty quarter-panel of what looked like an old Plymouth. Though it was getting dark quickly, he verified the car was indeed the one he was looking for and made arrangements to spend the next day recovering the forgotten Savoy. Needless to say, Mike didn't get much sleep that night as he dreamed of what he might find in the morning. Though optimistic this car could be something cool, he couldn't have predicted how unique this old Plymouth really was.
Upon arriving at the farm the next morning, Mike and his friend began the arduous task of removing the car from the underbrush and trees where it had sat for many years. As they cleared away the debris, he began to notice two unusual things about the car. Though the car itself was rusty, the front clip seemed to be rust-free. Plus the car had a functional hoodscoop with openings underneath for two carburetors. Now certain his find was something special, Mike and his friend doubled their efforts and had the car on the trailer by the afternoon. Upon arriving home, they were thrilled to find they had uncovered a factory lightweight '64 Plymouth Savoy.