The 1973 Plymouth Road Runner was a 2-door hardtop coupe which listed for $3,110 and attracted the attention of 19,056 buyers. This was a rather impressive increase from the prior year's 7,628 sales. Power was from an overhead valve V8 engine displacing 318 cubic-inches and delivering 150 (SAE) horsepower. It had rectangular taillights and a grille that was similar to the Satellite and Sebring models with two round headlights flanked on either side. Styling continued to progress away from the aggressive and sporty persona while the industry continued to adapt to safer and luxurious standards. Like other models in the Plymouth lineup, the bumpers were built to conform to federal impact standards. Steel beam door construction was added mid-year.
All Plymouth engines for 1973 featured a new EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system, offset spark advance and electric choke.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2015
Introduced in 1965 as the top model in Plymouth's mid-size Belvedere line, the Plymouth Satellite used Chrysler's mid-size B platform.
The Satellite was available with the newly optional 'Street Hemi' engine in 1966. This engine came compete with the two 4-barrel carburetors and 10.25:1 compression. This body style remained for the following year with only minor trim changes.
All mid-sized Plymouths carried the Satellite name from 1971 to 1974. Hardtop coupe models had the 'Sebring' suffix.
The Satellite name disappeared when the Fury name was given to Plymouth's mid-size models for 1975.
In 1965 a larger more updated Plymouth Fury was presented to the public on Chrysler's full-size C platform. The Plymouth Belvedere title was switched to Plymouth's mid-size line, really a continuation of the full-size 1962 to 1964 models. The top trim model of the series with the Belvedere Satellite, available as a two-door hardtop or convertible with bucket seats.
Similar to the Fury, the simple front end carried a single headlight on each side and had a grille that was divided into 4 thin rectangles laid horizontally.
1968 brought a higher trim Sport Satellite model at the same time the Belvedere name was downgraded to low-trim base models. Continuing on this body, only minor rear and front restyling was done in 1970. The Belvedere discontinued this year.
The Satellite adopted a new ‘fuselage' styled body that had different wheelbases, sheetmetal for two and four door models as significant updating and restyling was accomplished for the 1971 model.
Two door models, base coupe with non-roll-down rear windows were called Satellite. In 1973 the two-door models received a conventional front end, along with squared up sheetmetal and rear side windows.
Satellite Sebring, Satellite Sebring Plus came in base, Custom or wood-trimed Regent models, and Sedans were available in base, Custom and Brougham trim. 1974 Sedans and wagon models had large 5mph bumpers.
The Satellite continued on steadfast until 1974 where the nameplate was retired.By Jessica Donaldson