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1962 Plymouth Savoy - Stuck In The '70s

G.R. Lewis' unrestored '62 Plymouth Savoy drag car

By Tommy Lee Byrd, Photography by Tommy Lee Byrd

Exterior: Rick says the body on this car was flawless when he bought it, but he wanted a different color scheme, so he had J.R. Griffey paint the car in 1977. Rick also added the fiberglass hood and hoodscoop but retained all other body panels. Even with all the original steel panels, the car only weighs in at 3,280 pounds.

Wheels/Tires: Mismatched wheels were extremely common in the '60s but had started to phase out by the '70s. We think G.R.'s Mopar wears them well. Skinny Torq-Thrusts roll up front with Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires, while massive 31x16.50-15 Mickey Thompson E.T. Street tires tuck under the rear of the Savoy. Original 15x8-inch Mopar wheels have been widened by 21?2 inches and painted satin black for the right look.

Performance: The Plymouth flies at the track yet is streetable. In fact, G.R. drove it to the photo shoot location, with open headers! Through the years, the car has spent lots of time at the track, running a best of 10.82 in the quarter-mile, with eighth-mile e.t.'s way down into the 6s. End

By Tommy Lee Byrd
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