Judy Lilly's Factory Super Stock 1967 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere I
Price: US $375,000.00 Item location: Spokane, Washington, United States
- Make: Plymouth
- Model: Belvedere I
- Type: Sedan
- Year: 1967
- Mileage: 0
- VIN: RL21J77159708
- Color: Yellow
- Engine size: 426 Hemi
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
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1967 Plymouth Belvedere IJudy Lilly's Original Factory Super Stock1967 426 Hemi 4 Speed Belvedere
A Brief History
Back in 1966 "Win on Sunday-Sell on Monday" was the way things were. If you wanted to sell more cars you had to get involved in motor sports and win! Chrysler was right in the thick of it with thier new 426 Hemi engine which packed the biggest punch of any engine on the market. Dale Reeker, the head of racing development for Chrysler Corporation, was on the hunt for a hot new driver for the upcoming 1967 NHRA season who could make thier Hemi powered Plymouths shine at the drag strip. He went to a Colorado drag strip looking to meet a woman named Judy Lilly whom he'd heard was mopping up the competition with her Fulie 1961 4 speed Corvette. When he approached her she was lying under her car working on the transmission! Dale was there to offer her a Chrysler sponsorship and a brand new Hemi Powered Plymouth to go racing with. Judy accepted and the rest is history!
When Dale returned to the factory he personally supervised the build of Judy's new car, many items being deleted such as the radio, heater, sound deadner, carpet jute backing, and even the liquid rubber sealant in the windshield weather stripping! This car was built in December of 1966 which pre dated the factory race car program cars, the R0/W0 Plymouth & Dodge SS cars built in the spring of 1967. Nearly everything Dale wanted done to the Lilly car was unique and preceded the R0/W0 program cars, accordingly many consider this car to be the R0/W0 "Mule" car since most of the custom details of Judy's cars carried forward and were also done to the program cars later in 1967.
Judy's mechanic and engine builder was her husband Dennis Mauer, Dennis blueprinted the engine and prepped the car for racing. One thing that was added to the car shortly after delivery was the hood scoop which was a prototype of the R0/W0 hood scoop. Interestingly they were able to get the scoop past tech and it was accepted as "stock" by NHRA, a little hiccup which allowed other non R0/W0 Dodges & Plymouths that never had them available from the factory to run the same scoop. The lilly car was an odd car because it was a RL21 Sedan as opposed to the R023 Belvedere's which were hard tops. According to Chrysler the Hemi was not available in the RL21 body style for 1967 so the car was an oddity. As it turns out only 4 of these are known to exist with factory installed Hemi engines, 3 4 speeds and 1 automatic, and Judy's car is the only one that was a factory sponsored race car.
Judy successfully campaigned the car in Super Stock B during the 67 season putting the car in the winners circle at the CDR High Altitude Nationals Super/Stock Eliminator as well as other events that season. As with most racers she retired the 67 car when her 68 Hemi car arrived and eventually sold it to a bracket racer in New Mexico.
In 1990 the car surfaced for sale in a tiny ad in the back of Hot Rod Magazine, my good friend and well known 67 Plymouth guru Jim Drain bought the car and lovingly restored it using a list of original NOS and original parts that would make any 67 Plymouth fan drool. In 2009 the restoration was completed and the car was unveiled at the Farmington Minnesota Mopars in the Park show. Judy Lilly was flown in to personally unveil the car.
This cars historical significance, as well as it's outright rarity and stunning overall condition make it a top shelf investment, cars of this caliber rarely come to market, this is a rare opportunity to own a truly special piece of muscle-car history.
- "One of None" The factory did not offer the 426 Hemi in the 1967 RL21 body style yet it was built anyway
- 1 of 4 total known to exist, one of three 4 speed cars
- The only 67 RL21J7 car factory built and sponsored by Chrysler
- Judy Lilly's first factory sponsored race car
- Judy Lilly's first Mopar in a long string of factory sponsored Mopars extending into the late 1980s
- NHRA National event winner
- Owned and driven by Judy Lilly, one of Motorsports all time most successful woman drivers
- Zero mile rotisserie restoration by the nations foremost 1967 Plymouth expert, Jim Drain
- Restored to stock condition "As raced" by Judy Lilly. The car is race ready per 1967 race rules but is street drivable.
- All numbers match, VIN tag, Fender tag, body stampings, are factory original and correct. Engine and transmission are casting date correct (there were no VIN stampings on the engine or transmission until the 1968 model year) the factory IBM card is also available.
- Extremely basic car, radio delete, heater delete, sound deadening delete, manual brakes, manual steering, 4 speed, cloth bench seat.
This car is located in Spokane Washington and is available for pre-purchase inspection by appointment only. Please call with any questions before bidding, I'll be glad to help. 801 940 2689 Scott. This is not my car, I am selling it for a customer, all sales are considered final and all transportation costs are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Car is being sold "As is - Where is". No warranty offered or implied.
Thank you for your bids!