The Plymouth Satellite (1965-1974)
The Plymouth Satellite was introduced in 1965 as the top model in Plymouth's mid-size Belvedere line. From 1971 to 1974, all mid-size Plymouths carried the Satellite name, with hardtop coupe models carrying the "Sebring" suffix. The Fury name was moved to Plymouth's mid-size models for 1975, at which time the Satellite name disappeared. The Satellite always used Chrysler's mid-size "B body" platform.
When the Plymouth Belvedere name was moved to Plymouth's new mid-size line in 1965, the Belvedere Satellite was the top trim model, above the Belvedere I and II. It was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible, both with bucket seats. The front end was simple: a single headlight on each side, a grill divided into 4 thin rectangles laid horizontally (similar to the concurrent Plymouth Fury).
Along with a re-skinning, the top-of-the-line Satellite model was available with the optional Street Hemi engine with two Carter AFBs 4 barrels carburetors, and 10.25:1 compression. With minor trim changes, this body continued for 1967.
A significant restyling and a higher trim Sport Satellite model was introduced in 1968, at which time the Belevedere name was relegated to the low-trim base models, This body continued through 1970, with a minor front and rear restyling for 1970. This would be the last year for the Belvedere name.
A significant restyling was done for 1971 as the Satellite adopted new "fuselage" styled bodies, with different wheelbases and sheet metal for two and four door models. Sedans were available in base, Custom and Brougham trim, while two doors were called Satellite (a base coupe with rear windows that did not roll down), Satellite Sebring and Satellite Sebring Plus. Wagons came in base, Custom or wood-trimmed Regent models. Two door models had an unusual loop type front bumper (a period Chrysler styling trend), and this body was the basis for the related GTX and Road Runner models.
Two door models received a more conventional front end and squared up sheet metal and rear side windows for 1973, while the sedans and wagons adopted large 5 mph bumpers for 1974. 1974 was the last year for the Satellite nameplate.