3. 1962 Plymouth Savoy Super Stock 413
Mechanically almost identical to the Dodge Dart 413 Max Wedge, the Savoy Super Stock was the Plymouth version of a drag strip special. It featured a different design, but the platform was the same as well as the engine, which was the mighty 413 Wedge delivering 420 HP in top trim. However, the most interesting feature was the automatic transmission.
The automatic was even better for launching off the line than a standard three-speed manual. In those early days, Chrysler didn’t offer a four-speed manual, so the automatic was a better choice. The Savoy Super Stock 413 was the first car to break the 12-second quarter-mile time record for stock cars, but this was just the beginning.