With the 64 Plymouth things just proved to be going in the right direction for the American car manufacture once again. They had launched extremely successful models in prior years, which had broken sales records and helped to capture the attention of the American public. It was time to up the ante and the engineers had done all of their homework and pulled out all the stops in order to have another successful year. It didn’t take long for the 1964 Plymouth to garner the attention and praise that its predecessors had achieved.
Plymouth had built powerful brand recognition for quality and power among American consumers, and their name carried a lot of weight in the automobile market. Even people who were not big fans of these cars, couldn’t help but appreciate them, as their engines and beautiful interior were really something to behold.
Since Plymouth had such a good thing going, the 64 models would basically resemble in a lot of respects the previous models and the only new things that were added were the new tail lamps and the new grille and when it came to the 2 door hardtops, the only thing that changed was their roof. Also, with this new model the TorqueFlite automatic would have its last appearance with Plymouth’s cars. The one that replaced it was the column-shifted automatic, which would be available one year later.
A pleasant surprise which would come with this model would be the fact that the 426 Max Wedge Stage III would still be used. Thus this engine would be advertised as the Commando 426 wedge head V8 by Plymouth and it would actually try to be the street version of the 426 Hemi. It proved to be a great engine nonetheless and people would consider it as the sensible alternative over the Max Wedge Stage 3. This one had a provision for crossover heat to the manifold which would prove to be very useful when trying to start your engine in low temperatures. The compression level was also fixed at 10.3:1
Thus it used one 4 barrel carburetor featured on a cast iron intake manifold. The total BHP would be around 365 and it featured 470 pounds/ft. What you would expect under the hood was the same as always, including the plugs, the pistons, some valve springs and also the hot cam.