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1964 Plymouth Belvedere redesigned by Ray Evernham Heads to Auction Block

Custom Mopar built by Champion NASCAR Crew Chief heads to RKM Collector Car Auction

Champion NASCAR crew chief, Ray Evernham, has redesigned a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere that will head to the RKM Collector Car Auction (RKMCCA) at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Convention Center October 31 - November 3, 2013. After teaming with Jeff Gordon to win 47 Winston Cup races and three Cup championships, the legend has gone on to designing classic cars.

Also a NASCAR team owner and host of the television show "AmeriCarna" on Velocity, this Mopar fanatic, Evernham, has a familiarity building and restoring Belvederes. Having helped restore country music great Marty Robbins' 1964 Plymouth Belvedere recently, Evernham has decided to build one more for charity. The proceeds from the auctioned will benefit the Evernham Family Racing for a Reason Foundation which supports IGNITE, a program that supports adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome.

Ray Evernham Enterprises in Mooresville, North Carolina, put together the 1964 Plymouth Belvedere, also called “ForPly” with help from Darrell Hoffman who assembled some of the engine. Giving the car a touch of NASCAR excitement, “ForPly” is running with a fuel-injected 358 cubic-inch V8 Kasey Kahne-driven Evernham Motorsports Dodge R5-P7 race engine. The motor ran in both Kasey Kahne and Bill Elliott’s Superspeedway cars. The powerhouse makes 750hp to the rear wheels.

Also under the hood are a functional NASCAR air box, FAST supplied EFI (though the engine originally ran a carburetor, EFI for NASCAR Sprint Cup is new for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season), FAST ECU that controls injection and timing, MSD ignition box, COMP custom ground cam, two batteries for turning over the high torque starter, and a NASCAR style radiator.

“ForPly’s” engine does not have coil packs; instead it has a traditional distributor similar to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The engine runs on pump gas 93 Octane at 11:1 compression. The 12:1 compression pistons were replaced for custom ordered flat-top pistons that are shorter than the wrist pins. The car’s power is harnessed through a NASCAR 4-speed transmission that hooks-up to a 9-inch rearend with 3.60 gear.

The car is equally as special from the outside as it is from within. On the outside, you’ll notice 1964 Plymouth Belvedere “ForPly” rides on custom style wheels, sporting a NASCAR-style carbon fiber front splitter. Underneath the car is an original NASCAR Sprint Cup COT chassis that raced in the Daytona 500 in 2008.

Without a doubt “this car is capable of 200 mph,” Evernham said.

If you’re in the Charlotte North Carolina, area October 31 – November 3rd, 2013, be sure to check out the RKM Collector Car Auction held at the convention center. You’ll find all sorts of really cool classic cars at the auction; who knows, maybe you’ll even score your next ride there!

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38 comments
Tom Ringlein
Tom Ringlein

I am NOT a MOPAR guy, but this thing nearly pegs the cool meter. 9.5. Post a picture of it actually racing for a 10.

Drew St Germain
Drew St Germain

I like the NASCAR inspired style. It draws from a time where stock car racing still involved stock cars. Its a nice break from all the drag racers and all the show touring cars that are so popular right now.

Ralph Laakmann
Ralph Laakmann

Evernham...NASCAR=wheels,cage,splitter,fuel filler...........

Gary Soares
Gary Soares

A WELL DESERVED TEN! i love old school nascar.

Barry Stone
Barry Stone

From the story in the magazine the rims are one off custom built units to emulate cup car rims... At the time there were only 4 but a spare was being thought of... Awesome car...

Edward Lewis
Edward Lewis

3rd car I owned, I loved it sky blue , white top .bad thing was old wide block 318.

Kenny Green
Kenny Green

cool car but change the rims its a 9

Alex Vr
Alex Vr

where are these wheels?

Michael Pizzulo
Michael Pizzulo

I saw it sell at Barrett-Jackson almost a year ago. It was beautiful.

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

I walked right past it at SEMA and didn't notice it til later.

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