Steve is the only owner this car has ever had. Purchased new in June 1966 in Denver, Colorado, the Belvedere was driven on the street for only one week before he decided the 426 inches of semi-hemispherical terror belonged on the drag strip rather than the main drag in town. Returning back to civilian life, Steve swapped the Hemi for a 318 since the Plymouth served as a driver, while the Hemi continued on in another race car. By 1981, Steve had enough and put the elephant back in its rightful place. Since then, the car has been meticulously restored to its original condition. Steve claims that more than ninety percent of the car is original, and what isn't, is period correct like the original Doug's headers and Sun Tach mounted to the dashpad.
With a pedigree of racing history under its belt, such as rounds at Bristol at the Spingnationals, the U.S. Nationals at Indy, and the Winternationals, the Belvedere clocked an all time best of 11.29 at 120 mph at last year's Las Vegas Mopar show.
We were more than happy to announce that Steve stole the winner's trophy this year with his experienced hand at racing his Plymouth. The staff here at Mopar Muscle all agree that Steve Hagberg's Belvedere captures the complete spirit of the musclecar era for Mopar-minimum optioned, zero frills, hard pulling American muscle at its very best in the most unassuming vehicle imaginable.
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Car: '69 Dodge Super Bee
Engine: 383, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Mopar
Performance hydraulic 484-lift cam, Weiand
Stealth intake, Holley 750 carb
Trans: 727 TorqueFlite automatic, B&M shifter, 10-inch 2,200-stall converter, Cheetah valvebodyRearend: Dana 60, 3.54 gearsExhaust: 131/44-inch Hedman Headers, Flowmaster mufflers, 211/42-inch pipesWheels/Tires: Front: American Racing Torq-Thrust 15x7, BFG 235; Rear: American Racing Torq-Thrust 15x8.5, BFG 255Quarter-Mile: 14.90 at 96 mph and 14.70 at 91 mph (best)
Car: '68 Plymouth Valiant
Engine: 408, Chrysler 4-inch stroker crank,
Eagle 6.123 rods, Ross 11.8:1 pistons, Comp Cams roller camshaft, Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake
Transmission: Chrysler A500 overdrive automatic, TCS 10-inch 3,500 stall converter
Rearend: Chrysler 831/44, Strange axles
Exhaust: Hooker headers 151/48-inch, Dynomax mufflers, 3-inch pipesWheels/Tires: Front: Weld 15x6, Hoosier front-runners; Rear: Weld 15x10, Hoosier 30x11.5Quarter-Mile: 11.96 at 110 mph
Car: '70 Plymouth 'Cuda
Engine: 426 Hemi, Clay Smith .530-lift flat-tappet cam, stock heads, stock iron intake, MP distributor, dual Carter AFB carbsTransmission: 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, SlapStick shifter, Art Carr 9-inch 3,500-stall torque converter, Turbo Action manual valvebody
Rearend: Dana 60, 4.10 gears Sure Grip
Exhaust: Hooker Headers, Dynomax mufflers, 3-inch pipes
Wheels/Tires: Front: Ralley 15x7, BFG 235/60R/15Rear: Ralley 15x7, BFG 275/60R/15Quarter-Mile: 12.93 at 106 mph and 12.85 at 106 mph (best)
Car: '73 Dodge Rally Charger 400
Engine: 440, MP hydraulic 484-lift camshaft, Six-Pack rods, 10:1 pistons, MP M-1 intake, Holley 850 carb
Transmission: Keisler five-speed manual, Pistol-Grip shifter
Rearend: 831/44, 323 gears
Exhaust: Dodge Magnum manifolds, Flowmaster mufflers, 211/42-inch pipesWheels/Tires: Front: Super Coupe 15x8, T/A 275-50-15; Rear: Super Coupe 15x8, T/A 295-50-15Quarter-Mile: 13.40 at 98 mph and 13.38 at 99 mph (best)