12. 1965 Dodge Coronet/Plymouth Belvedere Altered Wheelbase
Chrysler didn’t offer ab race Hemi lightweight models for 1965. Instead, they went a step further and produced a handful of altered wheelbase Plymouths and Dodges for professional racers and the new FX class.
The FX or Factory Experimental class in the NHRA championship was the predecessor to today’s funny car class. Basically, it was a place where factory-supported teams could race cars that only resembled stock vehicles. They were equipped with engine, drivetrain and body modifications that you would never find on a streetcar.
Chrysler decided to make six Dodge Coronets and six Plymouth Belvederes with altered wheelbases. They moved the whole floorplan 15 inches forward, putting the rear axle just behind the driver. This helped the weight distribution and traction off the line.
Those altered wheelbase cars were never street-legal. They featured numerous interesting combinations such as fuel-injected, supercharged and turbocharged engines. Today, real altered wheelbase cars are extremely rare, so they present a valuable piece of muscle car history.